Thanksgiving-Themed Crafts For Kids

preparations for autumn craft with kids at home.When your child is home for Thanksgiving break, he or she will likely need some activities to stay busy. Having a few craft ideas on hand is perfect for those times when your child gets bored. Let him or her know that you will proudly display these Thanksgiving-themed crafts during your Thanksgiving get together too!

Paper-Bag Turkey

Not only is this craft festive, it’s perfect to make during snack time. This simple craft can be created using printer paper, brown paper lunch bags, popcorn and a large brown paper shopping bag. Follow these directions to make the turkey, then fill the bag with popcorn and enjoy!

Balloon Cornucopia

This craft can double as a table centerpiece or homemade decoration. All you need is different colored balloons, tape, green paper and a brown paper bag. Have your child make his or her favorite fruit and vegetables and explain the benefits of each for an added educational touch.

Painted Handprint Turkey

With only four supplies, your child can create a beautiful turkey. Paint, a paintbrush, paper and markers are all you need for your child to complete this craft. This is also a fun craft to do annually so you can see how much bigger your child’s hand gets each year!

Pilgrim Paper Hat

This craft can be both fun and educational. With white poster board, construction paper, scissors, tape and glue, your child can get into the spirit of the holiday and pretend he or she is a pilgrim.

Caramel Apples

Give your child something to do and a tasty treat to enjoy with these easy caramel apples. By adding fun ingredients like sprinkles, chocolate chips, candy corn and nuts, your child can get creative with their apple. Be sure to let the apples chill overnight or they will be too hard to eat.

Continue to check in on the Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care blog for more kid-friendly activities, healthy living tips and medical information.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

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4 Easy DIY Projects To Do With Your Kids

Mother And Daughter Lying On Floor And Painting Picture

When your children are at home during the summer, chances are they will come to you often looking for something to do. While a trip to the pool or even the park can be nice on a warm summer day, it’s smart to have several indoor crafts and projects on hand for them to work on too. Below are several DIY projects that your child may enjoy doing this summer.

Water Bottle Piggy Bank

Not only is this piggy bank a fun craft, but also a good way to introduce your child to saving money. With an empty plastic beverage bottle, colored paper, acrylic paint, ear templates and wood beads, you can create a cute coin bank in the shape of a piggy.

Tin-Can Wind Chime

If you have old tin cans, acrylic paint and an embroidery hoop, you can easily make a charming wind chime that can hang in your child’s room. Your child will enjoy painting various designs on the cans and layering the colored cans to create the chime.

Photo Scrapbook

Looking through old photos for a scrapbook page can be a fun way to introduce children to family members they haven’t met yet and to show them photos of when they were younger. Allow your child to choose the photos he or she likes most and let them decorate the page however they like so they can tap into their creative side. Make sure they know this is their page.

Rock Animal Buddies

One of the easiest crafts to make with your child is a rock animal buddy. The rocks can be collected outdoors (try to get one large rock and one smaller rock) before starting on the craft. Paint both rocks a solid color, let them dry, then paint details (spots, stripes, etc.) and facial features on the smaller rock. Once everything has been painted, use a hot glue gun to secure the smaller rock to the larger rock and add the ears (cut from construction paper).

For more tips on summer activities, helpful health tips and up-to-date medical information, check back in on the Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care blog regularly. 

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.