Thanksgiving Countdowns

thanksgiving countdown ideas - these are all so creative and easy. I really want to get my family focused on gratitude this month!It’s a shame that Thanksgiving gets kind of squished and forgotten between those huge money-makers – Halloween and Christmas.

Today is only November 2nd and you literally can’t find any fall decorations or Thanksgiving items ANYWHERE!  We went to the mall tonight with the boys to let them get their wiggles out just walk around and Kohl’s was completely decked out with tinsel and trees.

In our Happy Home, I try really hard not to rush past the humble spirit of this sweet holiday even with all the outside pressure to get into Christmas mode.

I intentionally do this because having a grateful heart is one of the most important character traits I want my Happy Buddies to learn – as it seems to be the cure for whining, crankiness, bickering, discontentment, bitterness, resentment, etc., etc.

So let’s kick off this season of Thanksgiving with a fabulous round-up of Countdown Ideas that you can use with your Happy Home to prepare their precious hearts for Turkey Day.

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Check out the Thanksgiving Advent Calendar I made for our Happy Home a few years ago.

I am not even kidding when I tell you how easy it was to make that thing.

The best part about it are the little pockets (one for each day in November) that we get to fill with slips of paper scribbled with our daily gratitudes. :-)

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Fill a Thankful Jar, like this one from Parents, each day with things your Happy Home is thankful for.

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Here is a fun Turkey Countdown from Baby Center!

Simply add a feather each day leading up to Thanksgiving.I loooooooove this idea that originally came from Alphamom (but the post seems to have disappeared from the site…).

Simply take some small paper cups, fill each with a piece of candy (break into that Halloween candy stash), cover each cup with a glued square of tissue paper, attach all to a foam board and voila!

Your Happy Buddies will have so much fun punching through the tissue paper each day to reveal a little treat – a little something to be thankful for. :-)

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This Thankful Wreath from Chica and Jo is so easy to make!

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There’s always the good ole’ fashioned Paper Chain like this one from One Charming Party.

Have everyone in your Happy Home (including pets and visitors) add a link each day expressing what he/she is thankful for.

Before long, you will have a beautiful decoration adorning your dining room for all of your Thanksgiving Dinner guests!

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This Thankful Jar is filled with Thankful Activities for your Happy Buddies to complete – 1 per day.

Pop over to Somewhat Simple for the FREE Printable.

Activity cards say cute things like:

I am thankful for pies – Go make a pumpkin pie to anyone.

I am thankful for Grandparents – Call and tell them “I love you,” or “I am grateful for you!”

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Honeybear Lane has this sweet homemade Handprint Advent Calendar.

You can add things your Happy Home is thankful for to the finger feathers each day.

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Finally, you must check out this brand new FREE Printable Family Gratitude Devotions for the month of November from one of my new favorite blogs to read, Frugal Fun for Boys.

What a great way to dive into what God’s Word says about being thankful, AND you get to do it every single day this month.

I know your November will be full of sweet blessings with any of these creative ideas!

Happy Thanksgiving Countdown-ing! :-)

*Check out my Thanksgiving Pinterest Board for more great countdown ideas!*

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Links

It’s almost Turkey Day!

Here is a round-up featuring some of my favorite/best Thanksgiving posts from Happy Home Fairy.

May the Lord bless you tomorrow as you celebrate His great goodness with your Happy Homes.

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Fun FREE Printable Thanksgiving Games and Activities

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Easy Turkey Treats

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Thanksgiving Skit (The kids and adults can act it out while  someone narrates – so fun!)

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Thanksgiving Tradition – The 5 Kernels of Corn

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Thanksgiving Conversation Cards – FREE Printable!

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The Perfect Thanksgiving Centerpiece – The Fruit Kabob Turkey

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Thanksgiving Love Notes for your Happy Hubby – FREE Printable!

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5 Simple and Meaningful Thanksgiving Tradition Ideas

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Funny Thanksgiving Jokes for Dinnertime Giggles – FREE Printable!

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An Easy Mayflower Place Card Craft

I sincerely pray that this little blog will help you have a magical holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving-ing! :-)

Thankful Handprint Turkey Craft – FREE Printable

There are so many adorable handprint turkey crafts out there.

Here’s one more for the mix – and with a FREE Printable!

First, gather up several different colors of construction paper and make this cute turkey.

We traced the Happy Buddy’s hands for the turkey’s feathers.

Then, print this FREE Printable – download at end of post.

Add it to the tummy of your turkey.

Next, discuss who you are thankful for…  This could be a grandparent, neighbor, teacher, etc.

Write their name in the blank space on the card (the Happy Buddy loves him some Mom-Mom!).

Now go give your Thankful Handprint Turkey to the person you made it for!

They will think it’s the best – hands down!

Get your FREE Printable Thankful Handprint Turkey Card HERE.

Happy Thankful Handprint Turkey-ing! :-)

Fun FREE Printable Games and Activities for Thanksgiving

Y’all are going to have the BEST. THANKSGIVING. EVER. if you follow this post’s advice and print your favorite Thanksgiving Day Entertainment for your Happy Home to enjoy.

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Bloom offers these adorable little numbered FREE Printable turkeys that you can hide and send guests on a Turkey Hunt!

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Will there be a bunch of boys at your Thanksgiving gathering?

Break out the Nerf Guns and the FREE Printable turkeys from Frugal Fun 4 Boys and you can do some target practice.

Doesn’t that just make you smile?? :-)

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Print out this Turkey Template from Toddler Approved and let your Happy Buddies color and add M&M feathers – yum!

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The Crafting Chicks have this awesome set of FREE Printable Thanksgiving BINGO Cards.

The perfect activity for that period of lounging that comes just after the dishes are cleared.

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I looove playing Would You Rather? with the Happy Hubs.

You can find these goofy Thanksgiving Would You Rather? Questions from Classroom Freebies – sure to inspire some giggles around the table.

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Have you ever played one of those Don’t Eat Such-and-Such games?

Happy Home Fairy has a FREE Printable Don’t Eat Tom Turkey – this is the funniest game ever.

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And, finally, these FREE Printable Thanksgiving Conversation and Activity Cards from Happy Home Fairy are going to become a beloved tradition year after year.

No one’s going to be watching the Macy’s parade with all this brilliance!

Happy FREE Printable Thanksgiving Games and Activity-ing! :-)

*Need MORE awesome Thanksgiving Game Ideas?  Check out THIS POST to find 7 additional easy and fun game ideas for a fabulous Thanksgiving!*

An A-maize-ing Post

As I sit here working on this post, I am wondering about the success of it.

I mean, this is a post about corn.

Does corn inspire you?  Is it something worth crafting?

If you’re struggling to think so, then let me show you just how a-maize-ing corn can be…

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The Prairie Mother used bubble wrap to paint the corn on these Toilet Paper Roll Corn Crafts.

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Your Happy Buddy uses his/her fingerprint to make the little pieces of corn on these clever Fingerprint Corn Place Cards for Thanksgiving from Spoonful.

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I told you you would need a lot of candy corn this month…

What a cute and educational Corn Counting Activity from No Time for Flashcards!

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Your Happy Buddies will have fun eating popcorn and then putting what is left of it into a Ziploc bag with paint to make these fun Corn Crafts from Ramblings of a Crazy Woman.

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How about this fun Corn on the Cob Breakfast from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons?

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Are you helping with your Happy Buddy’s classroom Thanksgiving Party this year?

These Mini Corn on the Cob Bites from Tablespoon are super yummy and easy to make.

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Another great party idea – leave out a jar of Indian Candy Corn for a fun Guessing Game.

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These Indian Corn Favors from The Fickle Pickle are so neat!  You can even find that adorable tag as a FREE Printable!

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And, finally, this Indian Corn Thanksgiving Napkin Ring from Reading Confetti is easy and pretty – just what your Thanksgiving table needs this year.

Corn is a reminder of the significance of that first Thanksgiving so many years ago, where the Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to harvest their own so that they wouldn’t be hungry.

Talk about sharing God’s love!

What do you think about corn now?

I hope you are corn-vinced that it’s pretty great. :-)

Happy Corn Craft-ing!

*P.S. Check out my family’s FAVORITE recipe for Corn Casserole HERE.  Awesome for Thanksgiving.*

The Thanksgiving Feast You Don’t Want to Eat

My mouth is already watering just thinking about Thanksgiving dinner!

I adore eating turkey.

You can bet that I will be the first one in my family shamelessly stuffing Ziploc bags of leftover bird to take home for extra deliciousness for the rest of the week.

What do you love about Thanksgiving dinner?

The mashed potatoes, the cranberry sauce, the pumpkin bread?

Whatever your taste buds crave, these 5 fun crafts celebrate our nation’s beloved feast, but unfortunately won’t fill any Ziplocs with leftovers.

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Here is a great activity from Fun4Kids.

Page through magazines or grocery store ads and have your Happy Buddy cut out Thanksgiving-related foods.  Then paste on to a paper plate to create a Pretend Thanksgiving Dinner!

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Cotton ball mashed potatoes, a lunch bag drumstick…  This 3D Thanksgiving Dinner from Kiboomu will be way easier to cook up than the real deal!

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These Thanksgiving Cupcakes are a hoot!

If you’re interested in making a batch of your own, pop over to Black Eiffel and scroll through a few of the comments to get the low down – super creative.

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You won’t have to keep answering the question, “When’s it time to eat?” with this helpful craft from!

With a simple spin, this clever gizmo gives everyone an accurate reading on expected chow time.

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And, finally, I have told y’all before (much to my embarrassment) that I do not sew.  I cannot even sew a button.

Around these parts, if someone loses a button, I make a speedy drive to my mother’s where she teaches me for the millionth time how to sew a button and then I promptly forget as soon as I drive back home. :-)

So, I doubt you will find me whipping up the above spectacular Thanksgiving Felt Food Feast from the super talented lady over at Smashed Peas and Carrots, but I had to share because if I could sew, this is what I’d be working on this month – no doubt!

With all these great projects in honor of America’s best meal ever – I have to ask, what’s the key to a great Thanksgiving dinner?

The turKEY.

Get it?


Happy Thanksgiving Dinner Craft-ing! :-)

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! :-)