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Easy Thanksgiving Treats and Decorations for Kids

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When asked their favorite thing about Thanksgiving, most people mention the food. From turkey and stuffing to pumpkin pie, Thanksgiving is a holiday filled with food. This wonderful holiday is not only about the food, however, it is also a time to spend with family and to think about all the things we are grateful for. If you want to make the most of your Thanksgiving this year, try mixing things up a little bit by supplementing your well-loved traditions with something new. Let your kids help make the dessert by decorating cupcakes to look like turkeys or ask them to make a centerpiece for the table. When your kids feel like they are being included in holiday preparations, the experience is more likely to be enjoyable and memorable for them. By participating in holiday activities along with your children you can help make new holiday memories.

Easy Thanksgiving Treats

Thanksgiving Cupcake Turkeys

What you need:

  • 1 box cupcake mix
  • 1 jar chocolate frosting
  • 1 package candy corn

Turning ordinary cupcakes into Thanksgiving cupcake turkeys is very easy. Simply prepare your cupcakes by following the directions on the box of cupcake mix and allow the cupcakes to cool completely. Once they are cooled, frost each cupcake using the chocolate frosting. To make the turkey’s head you will need a frosting tube. If you do not have one you can create one using a plastic bag. Simply spoon some of the chocolate frosting into one corner of the bag and snip off a very small portion of the corner. Then, squeeze the bag, creating a small pile of frosting along the edge of each cupcake to form the turkey’s head. To finish off your cupcake turkeys, insert the broad end of one piece of candy corn into the head to make the turkey’s beak and then arrange several pieces of candy corn (tips pointing up) on the opposite edge of the cupcake to form the feathers on the tail. These cupcake turkeys are cute and delicious – set them on a platter and serve them for dessert or spread them out on the buffet to serve as edible decorations!

Ice Cream Cone Cornucopias

What you need:

  • 1 box sugar cones
  • 1 jar frosting
  • assorted candies, raisins, and nuts

This cute and tasty snack is a great way to teach your children about Thanksgiving history while engaging in a holiday activity. To create ice cream cone cornucopias simply provide your children with an assortment of small candies, nuts, and raisins and a sugar cone (the type that is pointed). Spread a layer of frosting inside the bottom of each ice cream cone and then allow your children to fill their cornucopia with their favorite treats. You can allow the frosting to dry and use your ice cream cone cornucopias as decorations or you can save them for a tasty dessert to be enjoyed after dinner.

Peanut Butter Cup Pilgrim Hat Cookies

What you need:

  • 1 box striped fudge cookies or ginger snaps
  • 1 tube yellow frosting
  • 1 package mini size peanut butter cups

If you are using striped fudge cookies, place them fudge-side up on a level surface. Squeeze a generous amount of yellow frosting onto the center of each cook and push an unwrapped peanut butter cup into the frosting, allowing the frosting to create a ring around the peanut butter cup. If you would like to add a buckle to your peanut butter cup pilgrim hat cookie you can use an orange chiclet or a mini candy coated chocolate candy.

Easy Thanksgiving Decorations

Turkey Centerpiece

What you need:

  • 1 medium-sized melon
  • 1 small brown pear
  • 1 package long wooden skewers
  • 1 box small toothpicks
  • 1 pound red grapes
  • 1 pound cheese cubes
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper

This turkey centerpiece serves not only as a cute table decoration but also as an appetizer for your guests! Simply take the melon and place it on a platter or tray (cut a slice from the bottom to stabilize it). Then, have your children slide the grapes and cheese cubes onto the long wooden skewers, alternating the cheese cubes with the grapes. Cut slices of the red and yellow peppers and insert a toothpick into the end of each. Using the grape and cheese skewers, create the tail of your turkey by inserting one end of each skewer into the back of the melon. Then, insert the toothpicks attached to the red and yellow pepper slices into the melon in front of the tail feathers on either side of the melon. The strips of red and yellow peppers will serve as the wings for your turkey. To make your turkey’s head, use toothpicks to attach the small brown pear to the front of the melon upside down. Cut a cheese cube in half diagonally so it forms a triangle for your turkey’s beak and insert it into the pear along with a small slice of red pepper to hang down next to the beak. Once you have completed all these steps you will have a cute and edible Thanksgiving centerpiece!

Paper Tube Pilgrims

What you need:

  • empty toilet paper tubes
  • colored construction paper
  • glue
  • scissors
  • fine tipped markers

Together with your child you can create cute paper tube pilgrims and Native Americans. To make a pilgrim, cut a strip of pink paper and glue it around the top of the tube then cover the rest of the tube with black paper. Using white paper you can cut out a collar for your pilgrim and glue it on below the face. Using a marker, draw buttons onto the collar and add features to your pilgrim’s face. To make hair for your pilgrim cut a strip of yellow paper and fringe the ends then glue it around the top of the cardboard tube, trimming the fringe to the right length for hair and bangs. If you want to make a hat for your pilgrim, cut a circle out of black paper and glue to it a strip of black paper rolled into a tube. Cut a thin strip of white paper to make a band around the hat and glue on a small square of yellow paper for a buckle. To make a female pilgrim follow the same steps but add a white apron in addition to the white collar, make the hair longer, and make a bonnet by wrapping a 2″ by 5″ paper rectangle around the top of the tube and glue it down at the sides.

To make a paper tube Native American, glue a strip of beige paper around the top of the tube and color the rest with red or orange paper. Using the marker, decorate your Native American’s outfit with beads or designs and add his facial features. Following the same process you used to make the pilgrim’s hair, make long black hair for your Native American. To finish him off, use a strip of red or orange paper to make a headband and insert a few yellow paper feathers.

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