Posted on

The Best Kids’ Table Activities for Thanksgiving

How to have the best Kids’ Table

Thanksgiving is a time to eat good food, enjoy the company of family and friends, unplug and play. It is especially important to make sure everyone at the kids’ table has a good time! We have a few tips that will help make your kids’ table something fun and memorable!

  • Design-Your-Own Sipper Cups
  • Turkey Treat Cup
    • This is a fun craft for kids that they can fill with toys and treats and take home with them! You will need 8 oz. Paper Party Cups, glue sticks, construction paper, wiggle eyes and of course, treats! Print out our Free Craft Template, cut out and trace the pieces to make the parts of the turkey! Fill with candy and small toys for the kids to take home from the Thanksgiving celebration.
  • Thanksgiving Activity Placemat
    • This placemat is functional and fun – just download and print our Activity Placemat! Set the kids’ table with these placemats to keep the table clean and the kids entertained. Pair with Crayons, Markers or Colored Pencils. Each placemat features fall colorables, tic-tac-toe game boards, a criss-cross word puzzle, a dot game board and a “5 Things I’m Grateful For…” list. Feel free to include this activity in your coloring contest as well!
  • Toy Chest
    • Keep kids entertained with small toys and trinkets at the table. Try Yo-Yos, Rolling Ball Games, Flipping Frogs & more! You can even include some candy – it is a day to pig out, after all! Allow the kids to take these toys and candy home with them in their Turkey Treat Cups!

Images – Click to View Larger

TGBlog_Design_Your_Own_Sipper_Cups
TGBlog_Turkey_Treat_Cup
TGBlog_Activity_Placemat
TGBlog_Toys

Thanksgiving Activity Downloads

You Might Like

Posted on

Fun Facts about the Day of the Dead & How to Make a Banner Decoration

  • The Day of the Dead is celebrated November 1st and November 2nd.
  • The Day of the Dead is a celebration and remembrance of family and friends that have died. Contrary to popular belief, it is not like Halloween at all.
  • The Day of the Dead originated in Mexico and is now celebrated in other countries around the world.
  • The Day of the Dead is a happy celebration.
  • Decorating for The Day of the Dead includes building altars in your home to remember family and friends. You can use candles, photos, flowers, paper decorations, sugar skulls and even food and water.
  • Day of the Dead banners are fun and personal projects for older students. Ideal as an activity in art class or Spanish class to give students insight into another culture.
  • The paper decorations are called papel picado. They are colorful, lacy flag banners made of paper. If you want to try making your own, you can cut them out like you would paper snowflakes.
  • Some sugar skulls are actually made of sugar. Some are ceramic. All types of these decorated skulls are called calaveras. Draw and cut out your own sugar skull using our Magic Rainbow Scratch Paper. Make a banner and hang pictures of your family and friends that have passed away. You can add papel picado to your banner, too.
  • Family and friends decorate graves and headstones for The Day of the Dead, similar to what the United States does for Memorial Day in the spring.
  • The Day of the Dead is a time to tell stories and share memories of the people who have died. You can even add memories and photos to your banner.
DOD1
DOD2
DOD3
DOD4
Posted on

Halloween Jokes for your Puppet Show!

When writing the script for your Halloween Puppet Show, you’ll want to make sure you are going to get lots of laughs! We’ve got you covered with some punny Halloween jokes, sure to get a laugh at the classroom Halloween party!

  • What’s a mummy’s favorite kind of music?
    • WRAP music!
  • Why can you tell a mummy a secret?
    • They’re good at keeping things under wraps!
  • How do you fix a broken jack-o-lantern?
    • With a pumpkin patch!
  • What did one jack-o-lantern say to the other?
    • Cut it out!
  • My favorite vegetable is candy corn!
  • Halloween jokes are so corny!
  • Where do ghosts go on a Saturday night?
    • Anywhere they can Boo-gie!
  • What did the ghost teacher say to her class?
    • Watch the board and I’ll go through it again!
  • Have a fang-tastic Halloween!
  • What is a vampire’s favorite holiday?
    • Fangs-giving!
  • What’s a monster’s favorite dessert?
    • I-Scream!
  • Where do monsters go swimming?
    • The dead sea!

Click below to download free Halloween puppet crafts! Pair with the Puppet Show Theater for a truly spooky show.

Posted on

Teal Pumpkin Project® & Non-Candy Treats

What is the Teal Pumpkin Project®?

The Teal Pumpkin Project® is a movement created by FARE, Food Allergy Research & Education. This movement was created to raise awareness of food allergies and promote inclusion among all children and trick-or-treaters. The movement seeks to provide alternative treats and handouts to children with allergies or who are unable to eat candy. Learn more about FARE and the Teal Pumpkin Project® here.

What can you do?

Participation in this movement is easy! All you have to do is provide a non-food treat to trick-or-treaters – like the toys listed below; place a teal pumpkin in front of your house to alert parents and trick-or-treaters that you have an alternative treat available; add your home to FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project® map. Lastly, make sure to spread the word to family and friends about your participation!

Non-Food Halloween Handouts

Posted on

St. Patrick’s Day Bingo Printables!

Mark your calendars for St. Patrick’s Day, March 17! Planning your St. Patrick’s Day celebration should be as easy as it is fun. Bingo is the perfect activity for a classroom party, church gathering or any other celebration! Kids, adults and seniors alike are known to enjoy a game or two of bingo here and there.

Lucky for you, hosting a game of bingo is now even easier! Click Here for free St. Paddy’s Day Bingo Printables! 30 standard 1-75 bingo cards are included (with a lucky free space, of course 🍀). We recommend printing on cardstock for more study bingo cards. Use green cardstock if you want to get really festive!

Now all you need are bingo markers and prizes!

We opted to use candy or pennies as markers – both are fun, festive and cost effective! For a little added treat, let bingo players keep their markers at the end, that way everyone is a winner.

Shop our Toys & Novelties Section for prizes that are sure to delight everyone at the part. Good Luck 😉🍀

Download and Print your FREE Bingo Cards CLICK HERE

Posted on

Unique Easter Egg Fillers

It might surprise you to know that out of all of the holidays, Americans spend the most money on candy for Easter than they do for any other holiday. Yes, even Halloween. Even Valentine’s Day.

With Easter baskets, Easter egg hunts and chocolate bunnies, kids will have enough candy as it is this year. That’s why you should seek out more unique egg fillers to surprise Easter egg hunters.

When it comes to choosing egg fillers, you need to make sure they are small enough to fit in the eggs you choose. Also, bulk options make it easy to fill a large amount of eggs at a small price. Lucky for you, we have a list of prizes that fit both of these qualifications!

Stickers – Rolls of stickers tear apart and fit in almost any size Easter egg. Choose the theme that you know your hunters will love!

Silicone Bracelets – Silicone bracelets and wristbands wrap around and coil until they are small enough to fit inside an egg. There are styles for every child (or adult, we won’t tell if you join the hunt too).

Small toys like: Mini High Bounce Critter Balls, Mini Rainbow Springs, Sticky Slingshot Ninja Shooters, and Alien Parachutists would be an exciting surprise for any Easter egg hunter

What is your favorite unconventional Easter egg filler?

Posted on

Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

While preparing for Halloween and a night of trick-or-treating with the kids, it is important to consider the safety precautions both you and your children should take to ensure it is a fun and safe night to remember!

Always travel in groups – Young children especially should be with an adult at all times. While older children may not require supervision, they should not trick or treat alone!

Opt for face paint instead of masks – This keeps children’s vision unobscured the way a mask might. Make sure to test the makeup or paint ahead of time to make sure there is no skin reaction.

Try: Crayon Costume Makeup; Glow-in-the-Dark Face Paint; Halloween 4 Color Makeup; Black Cream Makeup.

Stay lit – wear reflective clothing, a flashlight or a glow stick at all times! Once the sun goes down, you and your children will still be able to find each other.

Try: 22” Glow Necklaces; Giant Light Sticks; Mini Neon Flashlights.

Use Safe Costume Accessories – accessories like swords and other weapons can be dangerous. They should be made of soft materials like foam or rubber. This way, if the child falls they will not hurt themselves on their accessories.

Try: Foam Fun Swords; Mini Sword Inflates;

Check the kids’ candy – before the kids go crazy on their candy from the night, briefly look through the candy they received to make sure there is nothing opened, homemade or unwrapped. You might even take this opportunity to steal a piece or two… 😉

Posted on

Non-Candy Halloween Treats for Trick-or-Treaters

The trick-or-treating ritual is all about costumes, candy and that creepy Halloween spirit! But if you’re looking for a healthier option, or just something more unique to hand out to trick-or-treaters, look no further. Halloween toys & trinkets are an alternative to candy, and trick-or-treaters will love to receive something that lasts longer than candy!

Get Halloween toys & trinkets in bulk and on a budget. To make it even easier, here is a list of bestselling Halloween items that are small enough to give away to trick-or-treaters.

Monster Finger Puppets – 1″ soft plastic monster finger puppets with flailing arms!

Halloween Parachutists – 1½” friendly Halloween figures attached to 16″ orange plastic parachutes.

Halloween Bubble Necklaces – 2½” mini pumpkin bubble necklaces.

Colorful Fangs – 2½” colorful soft plastic fangs.

White Fangs – 2½” hard plastic white fangs.

Halloween Springs – 1 1/2″ colorful Halloween springs with festive printed designs.

Assorted Spiders – 2″ assortment of twelve soft plastic spiders.

Halloween Hair Bows – Orange and black assorted styles with foil spiders, pumpkins & bats.

Monster Finger Tattoos – Fun, temporary tattoos that turn normal little fingers into silly monster finger puppets.

Halloween Pencils – “Happy Halloween” pencils feature different festive designs that will get students in the spooky spirit.

Posted on

April Fools’ Prank Guide

You only have two weeks left to plan out your April Fools’ Day Pranks! Luckily for you, we’ve put together a Pinterest Board full of simple & harmless pranks to play on your children, students, coworkers, or whoever you choose.

Or even better – shop our items below that make pranking a breeze!

 

Posted on

Avoid Getting Pinched on St. Patrick’s Day!

Most of us know to wear green on St. Patrick’s day, March 17, in order to avoid getting pinched, but do you know why? History and urban legend cite a few different reasons that green has become the traditional color of this holiday.

Historically, Ireland was known as the “Emerald Isle” so naturally wearing green emerged as a festive way to celebrate and honor St. Patrick.

Urban legend says that wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns, who are likely to sneak up and pinch anyone in sight. Thus, it became tradition to pinch those not wearing green on this holiday, as a reminder to avoid the leprechauns.

Mark your calendars and make sure to add a pop of green to your outfit this St. Patrick’s Day – we’ve got a couple suggestions to help you out.