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Thanksgiving Crafts for Teens

Along with cooking a Thanksgiving meal, teenagers can also create many things for the holiday. Are you a family who gives Thanksgiving cards and or small gifts to friends and family at this time of the year? Here are some ideas to get your teenager involved in the Thanksgiving preparations.

  • About.com has a great card pattern.
  • The Holiday Zone has a chain of gratitude idea that your teenager could do with guests on Thanksgiving.

Other activities for teenagers include:

  • Teens can cook the entire Thanksgiving meal.
  • They can create decorative place settings.
  • They can create a Thanksgiving Day scrapbook, or story book.
  • They could help younger family members to put on a play or concert for the Thanksgiving guests, making invitations and mailing them.

Shannon

P.S. If you have any other ideas for crafts that teenagers may enjoy, please tell us about them in the comments section. Thank you.

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Teens can Decorate for Halloween

Haven’t had a chance to decorate the outside of your home yet? Why not let your teenager do this for you. Spend a few minutes digging everything out, and then let him/her have at it.

My daughters have decorated outside for the last few years. This year, my older daughter lives a few hours away. Her younger sister took my nephew out to decorate with her. They did a great job.

Here are some tips in case your teenager would like to take on this important tradition. Have them follow these guidelines:

  • Lights can go around doors and porches, as well as along fences.
  • Please be 100% sure that the lights you want to use outside are specifically for outdoor use. This information is on the tag by the plug. I always leave these on.
  • If using lights, check that the lights are working properly before stringing them. Replace any bulbs as needed.
  • If using lights, begin at the plug in to be sure that everything gets hooked up properly.
  • Hang a wreath on the door.
  • Scary looking fencing is a nice touch, especially around a ‘grave yard’.
  • If you don’t carve the pumpkins, you can use them for Thanksgiving decorating. If you do carve them, be sure to roast the seeds!
  • Spider webbing costs only about $1.00 a bag and adds a nice touch.
  • Making a scarecrow can be a great touch as well. Here is a better tip, though. Have someone dress up like a real scarecrow with a scary pumpkin head. They sit in a chair by the porch on Halloween and jump up and scare people as they approach the house for their candy.
  • If you have any scrap wood, you can distress it and make scary signs.

Shannon

P.S. Have your teenagers been helping you with the Halloween deocrations? Let us know about your experiences by commenting on this post. Thank you.

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Setting Up Your Child’s Food Cupboard/Drawer/Shelf

There are many items that you can put into the cupboards and drawers that I mentioned before, depending on the age of the child.

Young Children (Snacks and breakfasts):

  • Cereal can be divided into plastic baggies/containers with lids.
  • Crackers and peanut butter can also be divided up into servings.
  • So can trail mix.
  • Granola bars can be put the drawer as well.
  • Fresh fruits can go into a bowl in a deep drawer.
  • In the refrigerator, keep yogurts on hand, as well as servings of cut up vegetables. You will also want to pour juice and or milk into pourable containers that are easy for them to handle.
  • Be sure to have bowls, spoons and cups in the drawer as well.

Older Children (After school snacks):

  • On their shelf in the refrigerator they should have milk, juice and other cold beverages, yogurts, string cheese, jelly, and cut up vegetables and dressing.
  • For cooking in the microwave, consider canned pastas, canned soups and Easy Mac.
  • You should also provide homemade muffins, crackers, peanut butter, bread, trail mix and granola bars.

For Teens (Able to us microwave, stove and oven):

  • For microwave cooking: Popcorn, Easy Mac, canned pasta.
  • For stove top: Pasta and sauce, rice and canned veggies.
  • For oven use: Muffin and other snack mixes, cooking oil
  • In the refrigerator: Drinks, yogurt, sandwich fixings, cut up veggies, eggs for baking.
  • Sandwich fixings, chips, granola bars, trail mix, fresh fruits.

You can see the progression here. As children get older, they earn the privileges of using appliances, and they can handle food preparation more easily.

Shannon

PS: If you have any ideas for the food cupboards, shelves and drawers, please share them by leaving a comment.

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