EVERYTHING FAMILY &
"Mother of Family Ideas"
Apple Peel Contest
each family member who is old enough to handle a knife
carefully peel an apple. The idea is to see how long a peel
can be made without breaking it. The person with the longest
continual apple peel is the winner. When the game is over, cut
the peeled apples into pieces and enjoy a snack, put them in
a pie, or microwave them for a few minutes with some sugar and
Paint a Pumpkin
Instead of carving a pumpkin for Halloween, paint a pumpkin for
Thanksgiving. Use a real pumpkin or purchase one of the craft store
varieties that can be carved or painted. (This way your efforts will
last longer.) Use acrylic paints. If it's a real pumpkin, wash and dry
the surface first. Paint a simple design or a repetitive geometric
design. For your Thanksgiving table, use Native American design
elements. If you're artistic, paint a fall scene that goes all the way
around the pumpkin. Give kids a pumpkin, some paint and a brush and just
watch them be creative!! You can even use sparkle tube paints for a
Cook or Bake with Apples
Fall and apples just seem to go together. Bake a pie together. Make baked
apples for dinner. Enjoy some apple juice. Make your own applesauce in the
microwave. Eat some sliced apples that have been dipped in caramel sauce.
Make caramel apples. Slice pieces of apple and put them in oatmeal with some
cinnamon and sugar. Most of these are easy to do and recipes abound. Use the
time to talk about harvest. Talk about (and taste test) some of the
different varieties of apples. Make it a memorable time together.
Find Special Ways to Say Thank You
No job should be
thankless. Thank the person in your family who: does the dishes, cooks
dinner, takes out the trash, folds the laundry, provides rides, plays ball
or games with you, cleans the bathrooms, etc. Think of all the little things
for which you are thankful such as: hot chocolate and popcorn on a cool
evening, the light of a candle, foot rubs, the smell of flowers, a fire in a
fireplace, a good book to read, a letter, card or e-mail from a good friend.
Then think of ways to tell the people in your life that things they do are
appreciated. Tell them, leave them a note, put a chocolate kiss on their
pillow. Be creative, especially in this month of thanksgiving.
Wash an empty
plastic milk jug and cut off the top section where the lid attaches. (An
adult can do this with a craft knife.) Paint the jug, adding wings and a
red gobbler. Glue a pom pom to the top of the handle for the head and
add giggle eyes and a construction paper or craft foam beak. Cut tail
feathers from construction paper or craft foam pieces and glue them to
the back. To play a game, stand above the turkey and drop pencils or
clothespins and see how many you can get inside the turkey jug. Hold the
pencil or clothespin in your hand and place your hand at the level of
your nose while standing over the jug. Drop the item from "nose level".
This makes the game fair for all ages.
Fun for Families
AN UN-HALLOWEEN BOOK
A TEACHER'S GUIDE TO AUTUMN
By Kas Winters
are made by attaching a Styrofoam® head covered with cotton batting and a
piece of nylon stocking to an empty jar lid. The noses are made by making a
few stitches in the stocking and making sure some of the batting is within
the stitches. Pull the thread and tie it to create a nose. Paint the faces.
Hair is made of yarn. Clothing and accessories are pieces of fabric and
ribbon that are glued to the bottles. Arms are pipe cleaners with
stocking-over-batting hands and pieces of fabric glued in place to cover the
pipe cleaners. Use scrap pieces of fabric, ribbon, etc. and be creative.
Decorate the Table for Thanksgiving
holders, or special place cards. Decorate a tablecloth or use one for the
season. Bring out any Thanksgiving decorations you have or make some for
your table. Use holiday napkins and set the table with all the special
dishes, glasses and silverware you might have for a fancy dinner, including
salad forks and soup spoons (depending on your menu). It's a good time to
teach children the proper way of setting a table, if they don't already know
FALL TOYS & DECORATIONS
FALL FOOD FUN
Put the FUN in Parenting!
Ultimate Collection of Ideas for Keeping Kids Busy
Ideas for Tots through Teens
By Kas Winters