Our family has been blessed with a new addition this Thanksgiving; a sweet tempered baby boy! We are overjoyed by our growing family and delighted that Mother Goose Time helps us celebrate holidays by providing well thought out activities and games to play with our toddlers/preschoolers. The ease of the projects and the provision of themed materials for crafts and games make giving our two and three year old the attention they crave and deserve doable even during this busy and exciting time.
Thanksgiving – A Complete Celebration Kit
Mother Goose Time provided a Thanksgiving themed celebration kit in the November box! The celebration kit offers a brief description of Thanksgiving appropriate for preschoolers and provides some thoughtful questions for the kids to consider including, “Who has helped you through a tough time?” and “How do you thank them?” There was also a turkey themed version of the “Hokey Pokey” that was a huge hit with the kids. They especially enjoyed being able to dance and shake their tail feathers.
Thankful Turkey – Mother Goose Time provided a thankful turkey poster and feathers. The kids colored the feathers and my mother and I recorded many of the things they were thankful for on the feathers.
The kids had a blast taping the feathers to the poster. For my older child, we also used the poster to play a fun version of pin the feathers on the turkey. She was most amused when she pinned a feather on top of the turkey’s head. Some of the things the kids were grateful for included: eating, playing outside barefoot in the “tickley” grass, swinging, and their new baby brother.
Corn Painting – Using bubble wrap, we created fun patterns with yellow, orange, and brown paint. I then drew corn shapes onto the dried, painted paper and let my three year old cut them out. I cut out the tops of the corn. We used some yarn and a hole punch to hang up our creations. The kids’ favorite part of this activity was mixing together the paint to create orange and brown.
Turkey Snack – We filled a food serve glove with raisins and popcorn. The addition of a googly eye and some red, scrap paper to create a waddle and comb helped us create an edible turkey. Our turkeys were given to Dad to snack on during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade! The kids love creating things for their dad; especially edible gifts.
Stuff the Turkey – Mother Goose Time provided cut outs of turkey drumsticks to be attached to a brown paper bag. The kids used some of our soft balls to “stuff the turkey.” Standing behind their assigned “post-its” on the floor, the kids took turns throwing balls into the paper bag. Ladybug (3 years old) had no trouble standing on the “post-it” and throwing the balls into the bag. Owl (2 years old) started on the “post-it” on the floor, but then repeatedly charged the bag to throw in his balls. The kids loved this game and played for a while until deciding to throw the balls in the air and take turns wearing the brown paper bag over their heads. Overall, the game was a big hit!
Turkey Bowling – Using absolutely adorable, numbered (1-10) turkeys provided by Mother Goose Time the kids and I bowled while reviewing their ability to count and recognize numbers. Each turkey was taped onto a mini water bottle and placed into a “V” shape. The kids rolled their balls into the pins and reported which numbered pins they had knocked down and which ones were left standing. This game was a ton of fun and my youngest enjoyed setting the pins up as much as knocking them down.
The kids were also invited to explore pumpkin scented dough and search for golden corn kernels in a bowl of sand using spoons. These simple activities were fabulous for developing fine motor coordination, encouraging creativity, and were among the kids favorites. Wall decorations, story puppets, and coloring pages were also provided at no additional charge as online resources for subscribers. This Thanksgiving the kids and I are grateful for a chance to play and enjoy each others company with Mother Goose Time!
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