5 Simple Gift Ideas That Say Thanks – FREE Printables!

Here are a few simple ways to bless someone with your gratitude for them this month!

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Bake up a batch of mini pumpkin bread loaves (delicious recipe included) and attach these adorable FREE Printable tags from The Larson Lingo!

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Pick up an inexpensive, fall-scented candle and add this FREE Printable tag from Lil’ Luna.

A great gift for teachers!

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Everyone loves M&M’s!

This sweet jar and FREE Printable tag from Mommy by day Crafter by night is the perfect thing to give to your neighbors this month.

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Know someone who might need a quick chocolate fix?

These FREE Printable Hershey’s Bar wrappers from Living Locurto would really satisfy the craving.

In fact, I gave these out to all of our church’s Preschool Ministry volunteers last November! :-)

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And, finally, Happy Home Fairy has these super awesome FREE Printable Popcorn Tags that can be attached to a bag of microwaveable popcorn and handed out to anyone!  The mailman, Publix checker, bank teller, Sunday School teacher, etc.

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” – Cynthia Ozick

Happy Simple Thanksgiving Gift-ing! :-)

Easy Turkey Treats

I hope y’all were able to stock up on some candy corn this week. :-)

Because I have one more simple little idea that will put those clearance candy corn bags to good use (inspiration from HERE)!

What you need:

Directions:

TADA!

And they stand up all on their own!

What a sweet treat to have waiting at everyone’s place setting on Thanksgiving this year.

Or a surprise after school yummy for your Happy Buddies one day this month.

However you use ‘em, they are sure to be gobbled up! :-)

(Seriously.  I cannot stop the Happy Hubby from sampling all of the Oreos and mini pb cups.  It’s his new favorite combination!)

Happy Easy Turkey Treat-ing!

Easy Turkey Craft

I love an easy craft where I have all of the materials on hand!

This cute little turkey (with inspiration from HERE) was a lot of fun to make.  Don’t you just love all the colors?

What you need:

Construction paper – brown, orange and red (I accidentally put yellow in the picture instead of red!  Oops!)

Scissors

Glue

Paper Plate

Colorful tissue paper cut into squares

Googly eyes

Step 1 – Cut the paper plate in half.

Step 2 – Drizzle glue all over the plate.

Step 3 – Lay the tissue paper squares on top of the paper plate however you fancy.

Step 4 – Cut turkey’s body, beak, feet, and waddle from the construction paper.

Step 5 – Glue the turkey’s face together and attach everything to the paper plate.

Step 6 – Voila!  A colorful little turkey!

This one’s mine. :-)

Happy Easy Turkey Craft-ing! :-)

*Check out THIS year’s Super Easy Turkey Craft HERE!*

*And you can find my other great Turkey Crafts HERE, HERE, and HERE!*

It’s a…

Well, it’s the day after Thanksgiving and I still can’t say that I have ever made a turkey.

But I have definitely made a paper bag turkey!

One Charming Party’s creative kid’s table display inspired me this year as we planned to tell our family the gender of Baby #2.The Happy Hubby helped me make our paper bag turkey – but instead of stuffing it with popcorn, we stuffed it with a balloon the color of our baby’s gender. :-)

Then we took it to our Thanksgiving feast.I explained to the fam that by carving this turkey – they’d get to know who was in my tummy!So, we let the nieces and nephew have at it.

I mean, what kids under 12 ever get an opportunity to carve a turkey??

*No knives were used in the carving of our gender reveal turkey.  No one was hurt in the process either!* :-)Our nephew was pretty excited since he has been outnumbered for years. :-)The Happy Buddy is going to have a little brother!!!

We couldn’t be more thrilled!

I know you all have been praying for a girl for us, and as much as a little princess all covered in glitter and fairy wings would have been so magical – I have had this second boy in my heart for long time and have been praying for him by name for many months!

I am so excited that the Happy Buddy is going to have a little buddy to wrestle with, play in the mud with, and crash cars with. :-)

Now all I need to do is come up with a Blog Name for him!

The Happy Buddy is the Happy Buddy…so what should this little guy’s name be?? :-)Happy Thanksgiving from me and my THREE boys! :-)

A Thanksgiving Skit

Last Thursday, the Happy Hubby and I had the privilege of attending our school’s annual Kindergarten Thanksgiving Play with the Happy Buddy.

Seeing those adorable Happy Buddies up there, yelling their lines out as if there wasn’t a microphone right there in front of them, and wearing sweet little Pilgrim bonnets or way too large Native American headdresses… it was the definition of cuteness.

At one point, the Happy Hubby and I turned to one another and we both admitted to getting teary-eyed – and our kid isn’t even in the play yet!! :-)

The best part of the play, though, was at the end, when all the Pilgrims and Native Americans joined hands and sang, “God is so Good.”

We are so blessed to have such a godly heritage!Maybe your Happy Home would like to put on a special play this Thanksgiving Day for all of the guests.

Once again, you’ve come to the right place!

My Happy Home Friend, Katie, shared the script below at our MOMs group earlier this month.  She said that she and her whole family get involved in the performance and every year it gets funnier and funnier. :-)

I think I’m going to try to round up the nieces and nephew to put on our own show this Thanksgiving!

*The following skit is written as a narration, with one adult or older child reading the script while younger children and family members act out the story.*

A Thanksgiving Day Skit

Many years ago, the Pilgrims prayed for a place to live where they could worship God and go to church.

So they decided to come to America.  They sailed on a big ship called the Mayflower.

It took great courage for the Pilgrims to cross the ocean.  There were many dangers and the boat was cramped.  There weren’t showers on the Mayflower, so it was probably pretty smelly, too.

When they landed in America, the Pilgrims needed food to eat.  They looked for fresh food in the forest.

They gathered seeds and berries.

But soon the weather began to change.  The first winter that the Pilgrims lived in America was very long, very cold, and very difficult.

Many of the Pilgrims became ill.

When Spring finally came, it was a time of joy!

One day, a kind Indian walked into the Pilgrim’s village.  He liked the Pilgrims and wanted to help them.

Soon, more Indians came.  They were nice and showed the Pilgrims how to fish, plant corn, and build homes.

The Pilgrims taught the Indians about God and how much He loves them.

One of the Indians was called Squanto.  He was their special friend.

Together they hunted quail and turkey.  The Pilgrims would be ready, this time, for the coming winter.

When summer ended, the Pilgrims wanted to have a feast.

They had plenty of food and many new friends.  They wanted to give thanks to God for all of their blessings.

“Join us!” the Pilgrims said to the Indians, “Join us in a big feast of Thanksgiving!  It will be a very special holiday.”

The Indians came to the feast.  Long tables were filled with delicious things to eat.

Everyone was so excited and everyone gave thanks to our Father.

What a wonderful first Thanksgiving Day!

The End.

Can’t you just see your Happy Home presenting this play after dinner and everyone having a blast?

And may I suggest THIS POST featuring some simple Thanksgiving Head Gear options to help you plan costumes? :-)

For a printable version of this skit, click the link below.

Printable Version of the Thanksgiving SkitHappy Thanksgiving Skit-ing! :-)

*I don’t know who originally wrote this skit- if you know, please share in the comments section so that I can properly credit!  Thank you!*

Games to Play on Thanksgiving Day!

Getting the whole family together for Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to try out some super fun games!  I’ve compiled a list of my top favorite that are sure to inspire lasting memories and lots of laughter!

You’ll be playing them year after year! :-)

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1.  Turkey Hunt - Print out some pictures of turkeys (I found some great ones HERE).  Cut them out.  The leader sends the hunters (the kids) out of the room.  Hide the turkeys.  Then the hunters return and begin their hunt!  As each turkey is found, it is brought to the leader who corrals them in separate piles for each hunter.  When all the turkeys have been found, the hunter with the most turkeys is the winner and then becomes the leader for the next round.  Don’t forget to tell the kids to hunt quietly – they don’t want to scare the turkeys away!

2.  Thankerchief – Arrange all players in a circle.  Pass around a “Thankerchief” (handkerchief) as everyone recites this poem:

Thankerchief, thankerchief, around you go –
Where you’ll stop, nobody knows.
But when you do, someone must say,
What they are thankful for this day.

The player holding the “Thankerchief” when the poem ends must say out loud one thing they are thankful for.  Keep playing until every player has had a turn!

3.  Where Did the Turkey Lay Its Egg?  Have one player (the farmer) leave the room while a hard-boiled egg is hidden.  When the player returns, he/she must search for the turkey’s missing egg.  The other players give clues to the egg’s location by gobbling like a turkey.  If the farmer is far away from the turkey, the other players gobble very quietly. As the farmer gets closer to the turkey, the other players’ gobbles will increase in volume until the turkey’s missing egg is found!

4.  Cross the Sea – This idea comes straight from Family Fun.  First, pick one person to represent the New World (America), and have her stand on a chair at one end of the room. Next, choose someone to be the Mayflower; have him stand blindfolded at the other end of the room. Everyone else plays “rocks,” standing, sitting, or lying on the floor in random spots between the two. The New World calls out directions to guide the ship (who can’t talk or peek) safely across the rocky sea to its final harbor: the chair upon which the New World stands.

5.  Name That Turkey Tune – Another great idea from Family Fun!  Have each player take turns crooning familiar songs, replacing all the lyrics with the word gobble. Choose a category for each round (Christmas carols, Beatles tunes, or TV theme songs, for example) and see who among the non-warbling guests can be the first to make out each melody.

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6.  Pin the Feather on the Turkey – A fun and simple game from Parents!

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7.  Roll-a-Turkey – Do you remember the Roll-a-Pumpkin Game I shared in October?  A Lemon Squeezy Home created a fun Thanksgiving twist on it – with a FREE Printable!

I hope you have fun playing some of these fabulous games with your Happy Home this Thursday!

Happy Thanksgiving Game-ing! :-)

Turkey Traps

You'll never catch me!

A great activity to do with your Happy Buddies this Thanksgiving Eve is to try to catch a turkey!

Here’s what you will need…

Materials:

  • 1 cardboard box (big enough to fit around a turkey)
  • 1 sturdy stick
  • A few kernels of corn (turkeys like to eat field corn, popcorn kernels, candy corn… any kind of corn!)
  • Feathers
  • A small treat :-)
  1. Print and read the Legend of the Turkey to your Happy Buddies (you can find it HERE).
  2. Tell your Happy Buddies that you are going to try to trap a turkey for Thanksgiving.
  3. Set the cardboard box upside down and prop one end up with the stick. Show your Happy Buddy how the turkey will knock the stick over to make the box fall. Place some corn under the box to serve as bait.
  4. Overnight, remove the corn and replace with the feathers and a small treat. If you want, add a little note/poem from the Turkey: “You tried to catch me, but I can’t be beat. So I left some candy for you to eat!”  Or you can print one of these fun notes that I found HERE.
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    Or you could leave behind some chocolate-covered round candies as Turkey PooPoo. :-)

  5. In the morning your Happy Buddies will most likely find the box knocked down, but no turkey- just a few feathers and their treat!  Those turkeys are so tricky!

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*Read all about one Happy Home’s Turkey Trap Adventures HERE.

Happy Turkey Catch-ing! :-)

Turkey Box of Warm and Cozies

How cute is that?

A Happy Home friend of mine shared this adorable idea with me!

The local ministry for homeless that are church supports expressed a need for gloves and hats and other cold weather apparel.

Being that we live in South Florida, cold weather is kind of non-existent, but when it does come, homeless shelters usually aren’t well stocked.

My friend had her Happy Buddies buy several of those items (you can hit the Dollar Spot at Target for a great selection!), place them all in a box, wrap it up, and (in the Thanksgiving spirit) dress it to look like a turkey!

Then she and her Happy Buddies are going to deliver it to the homeless ministry together.

I love that this idea encourages our Happy Buddies to think about others – one of God’s greatest commands for our lives.

So the Happy Buddy and I had to make our own Turkey Box. :-)The Happy Buddy and all of our purchased apparel.We placed everything in a shoe box.Then we wrapped the box using a recycled grocery bag.

And added some turkey features with construction paper, glue, and googly eyes.We’ll  be heading out tomorrow to drop it off!

Happy Turkey Box-ing! :-)

Thanksgiving Tradition – The 5 Kernels of Corn

During their first winter in America, the Pilgrims faced a season of horrible famine.

Food was so scarce that most days the Pilgrims only had a daily ration of 5 kernels of corn apiece.

How did they survive this hardship?

By giving in to bitterness and despair?

No.

The Pilgrims chose to trust in the Lord – regardless of their circumstances.

They chose to thank Him for provision, no matter the size.

Those 5 kernels of corn were a blessing.

This Thanksgiving with your Happy Home, consider placing 5 kernels of corn (corn, popcorn seeds, candy corn, etc.) at each guest’s place setting.

Spend a few minutes before the meal going around the table and having everyone share 5 things that they are thankful for – a reminder of those 5 kernels of corn.

Or you could present a symbolic meaning of each kernel like this example found at Children’s Ministry

  1. The first kernel reminds us that God loves us.
  2. The second kernel reminds us that God provides for all our needs.
  3. The third kernel reminds us of the friends God has given us — just as the American Indians were friends to the pilgrims.
  4. The fourth kernel reminds us of all the people God has given us who love us.
  5. And the fifth kernel reminds us that God hears our prayers and answers us.

God gets us through the lean times, doesn’t He??

The 5 Kernels of Corn Thanksgiving Tradition is just the thing your Happy Home needs to celebrate the goodness of our great God! :-)

Happy 5 Kernels of Corn-ing! :-)

Gobbling Good Snacks

When it comes to feeding our Happy Buddies, sometimes adding a little pizazz to their snack or meal can be the most magical surprise.

Check out these fabulous ideas that transform the ordinary into turkey-extraordinary!

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Little Nummies is the most amazing site for fun food inspiration!

I love this simple peanut butter sandwich gone Tom Turkey.

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Little Nummies also shares this creative Graham Gobbler.

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Dressing Heidi Sage featured this clever Turkey Quesadilla.

Turkey Pancakes anyone?  Check out My Little Gems for the recipe!

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Your Happy Buddies will have the BEST time making these Turkey Apples from Little Page Turners with an assortment of small snacks and toothpicks!

This would even be a fun activity at the Thanksgiving Kid’s Table.

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Do you have some muffins laying around?

Ziggity Zoom will show you how to transform it into an adorable turkey.

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Your Thanksgiving guests will go wild over this Turkey Veggie Platter found HERE.

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 I made a bunch of these guys last year.

Turkey Snack Bags made from food service gloves!

And Happy Home Fairy also has a few more great Turkey Look-Alike Food Inspirations…

The Fruit Kabob Turkey

Easy and Cute Turkey Cupcakes

Happy Gobbling Good Snack-ing! :-)