Grateful for fun: Ideas for a fun Thanksgiving the whole family will love


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Posted Online: Nov. 17, 2012, 4:30 pm
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Gobble up these eight easy ideas from FamilyFun Magazine that will provide extra helpings of giggles at your Thanksgiving gathering.

Wreath of plenty
Each note of gratitude pinned to this leafy wreath only improves its lush look. Set out blank leaves, pens, and straight pins and ask guests to add what they're thankful for.
To make the wreath:
Wrap a 12-inch Styrofoam wreath form with strips of fabric, securing them with ball-head straight pins. Cut leaf shapes from card stock.
Crease each leaf in half to add dimension. To hang, pin a loop of string to the back of the wreath. Tip: Use light-colored gel pens to write on darker paper.

Family fun facts
This get-to-know-you-better game celebrates the special (and often silly) attributes each family member brings to the table.
Before dinner, have guests anonymously write a little-known fact about themselves (such as "I can wiggle my ears," or "I once had lunch with Mr. Rogers") on an index card.
Deposit the cards face down in a hat or a box. After the meal, one person reads the cards aloud. After each card, the group attempts to guess the writer's identity. After she reveals herself, she demonstrates or expands upon what she wrote on the card.

Pick a pepper
Make a flock of wee turkeys, and people will flock to them and their sweet-pepper tail feathers.
Use the template at familyfunmag.com to cut each turkey's head, beak, snood and feet out of card stock. With marker, add pupils to paper eyes made by a hole punch. Assemble the turkey, then glue it to the side of a stemmed plastic cup. Put a few dollops of vegetable dip in the cup and add slices of bell peppers.

Gratitude grab bag
Have your group practice being grateful—even for things that don't seem so great. Before the holiday, draw items on individual pieces of paper that people might be thankful for, such as shoes, candy and the sun.
Also ask the kids to draw items that aren't so obviously positive: a rain cloud, a broken leg, a spider. You'll want at least one drawing for each guest. Place the drawings in a hat, box or bag.
To play, each guest in turn pulls a drawing from the hat. Whatever item he gets, he has to talk about why he's grateful for it. The task is simple when the topic is shoes (which keep your feet warm and dry), more challenging—and funny — when it's a broken leg (which means getting a cool cast your friends can sign).

Hats off for crayons
Fill these pilgrim hats with crayons, cover the kids' table with paper, and let young guests draw all over the "tablecloth." For each hat, trim the bottom from a black paper cup. Cut a circle of black card stock about an inch wider than the top of the cup. Run a line of glue around the cup's rim and press it onto the circle. Use the templates posted at familyfunmag.com to cut the hatband and buckle from card stock. Weave the band through the buckle, wrap it around the cup, and glue the overlapping ends of the band together. When the glue is dry, place crayons in the hat.
















 



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