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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Crafty Weekend: Thanksgiving Activity Book

Disclosure: Penguin Kids gave me a copy of this book free of charge for this review. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation.  As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation.

It is Halloween tonight, yet I am sharing a Thanksgiving book. I guess I am rushing into my holiday season. Sorry for the late start but we had an exciting night of trick-or-treating here. I hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween. Today we are sharing a book that is perfect to help kids learn about Thanksgiving and keep them busy whether traveling or during a Thanksgiving celebration. The book is Thanksgiving Activity Book by Karl Jones and illustrated by Joey Chou. 

http://www.penguin.com/book/thanksgiving-activity-book-by-karl-jones-illustrated-by-joey-chou/9780843182965


This book has a bit of information about Thanksgiving--historically as well as present and some individual activities like a maze, crossword puzzle and more. 


It also has some crafts including traditional ones like making corn husk dolls and leaf placemats.  It even has a Wampanoag game craft. Then there are turkey centerpieces to make. One is a punch out and put together.

 I felt a need to jazz it up a bit and used double sided tape and feathers inbetween the front and back layers.
 The back was decorated as well, so it can be a true centerpiece.

 The other turkey centerpiece requires coloring. Hazel began to color it in. We discussed the choice of gel pens to color it and the smudging since it is a glossy paper. She talked about gluing feathers on to it as well, but she got tired of coloring and has not done the back side yet.


It also had seasonal name tags or food labels for the Thanksgiving table.

The book also has two fall recipes. We made the corn bread for dinner tonight. Everyone loved it!! We are going to try the pumpkin soup tomorrow although Steve probably won't eat it.



At the end of the book there are two pages of stickers. Do you know why President Lincoln is on one of the stickers? The activity book tells you why, but if you want to know before looking it up check out this post.


As you can tell from the stickers there are both past Thanksgiving traditions as well as new ones including football, travel and the parade.


We are planning on making some Thanksgiving cards with the stickers, but it is also a great way to talk about traditions and the history of Thanksgiving. We are having a lot of fun with this simple activity book and are exploring some fun fall crafts as well as trying new recipes. I hope you will check it out! 

Crafty Weekend Link Party


We had a fun party last week with some interesting crafts shared!! I had trouble choosing only a few features, so I am increasing my number this week.  Sharing Saturday (anything kid oriented) is going on, and this month's Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop for all your posts that are about cultures, countries, etc. is open as well. Also be sure to check out and share anything pumpkin at our special Pumpkin Link Party! Thank you to everyone who shared with us at last week's party!! It was fun to see what people have been making and I hope you enjoy these features.



1) From Follow That Child: Montessori Inspired Flower Press for Children

2) From Wesens-Art: Halloween Treat Box

3) From Creatively Homemade: Cute Snowman Crochet Gift Card Holder

4) From Crochet for You: Fall-In Love (Infinity) Scarf Free Crochet Pattern

5) From Play & Learn Every Day: Cinnamon Salt Dough

6) From Carmen Whitehead Designs: Whale of a Canvas

Thank you to everyone who shared the last week!! I hope you will share again!! If you are featured here, please feel free to grab a featured button to display proudly on your blog. 



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 Please share family friendly crafts here. Just crafts and/or patterns--no recipes, lessons, etc. You can share craft product reviews as well. By linking up here you are giving me permission to share your links and to pin your links. Please follow my Crafty Weekends Feature Pinterest Board to see all the features from these fun link parties!