Five Thanksgiving Break Boredom Busters for Kids

Holidays can become very busy and chaotic with never ending “to-do” lists. Sometimes little ones can become bored and impatient when it comes to prepping for guests, grocery shopping, and cooking. I have provided some easy activities you can do with your kids at home to help ease boredom and create excitement for Thanksgiving day.

When I was a kid I remember being so excited to spend Thanksgiving break at my grandparents’ house. My cousins and I would spend time creating homemade decorations for Thanksgiving dinner, making up dances, and helping prepare in the kitchen. If you have family visiting these are all great activities to help get everyone involved in the celebration!

1.) Pumpkin Patch Painting: All you need for this activity is orange and green paint, white paper, Q-tips, and cotton balls. I’m certain the ever so popular pumpkin will make an appearance in your Thanksgiving feast, so talking about how a pumpkin grows is great to discuss with children. You can visit a pumpkin patch or read a book about pumpkins and then invite children to create a pumpkin patch painting. The Q-tip can be dipped in green paint to make vines and the cotton ball is dipped in orange paint to create pumpkins. Allow the child to make his or her painting however way they wish to encourage creativity. I wrote “My Pumpkin Patch” at the top of the painting to promote literacy development. This activity is packed with learning including, science concepts, vocabulary, fine motor practice, and literacy and language development.

Preschool pumpkin craft

2. Homemade Thanksgiving Placemats: A great concept to discuss with children during Thanksgiving is thankfulness. You can introduce the word thankful and what it means to be thankful for the people who bring love, happiness, and fun into our life. Invite children to create their own Thanksgiving dinner placemats. Materials needed include markers or crayons, fall stickers, and construction paper.

This activity can be modified for every age group. Toddlers can draw and decorate their placemats. Preschoolers can decorate and also dictate what they are thankful for. When children see adults writing their dictation it helps them understand that letters and words carry meaning. School age children can be encouraged to write what they are thankful for on their decorated placemat.

Thanksgiving craft for kids

3. Homemade Place Setting Cards: Children love to be involved in meal preparation. To make these place setting cards all you need is markers, construction paper, photos of family members, scissors, and glue sticks. Provide your child with photographs and allow them to cut out familiar family members who will be present at Thanksgiving dinner. To make the cards simply fold construction paper in half two times. You can have a conversation with children about why they are thankful for each family member. This can be written on the card by you for younger children or written independently by school age children. Place them around your table to make loved ones feel extra special!

Thanksgiving activities for kids


4. Nature Walk: If you live in a colder climate November is a great time to talk about seasons. Take children on a walk to get some fresh Autumn air and collect items such as leaves, pinecones, acorns, and sticks. Have a discussion about how leaves and pinecones fall from trees as the temperature changes. You can also look for animals such as squirrels, rabbits, and birds and talk about how some animals hibernate or migrate during winter. Consider reading books about Fall and animal hibernation. Children can bring their nature items home and create a collage by gluing their items on cardboard or poster board.

5.  Finally, for school age children you can practice word recognition with this word matching printable free from Get into the holiday spirit with this matching image worksheet. You can find ways to warm those brain muscles with these fun reading games at!



I hope these activities help your children celebrate Thanksgiving in a fun, meaningful, and educational way! Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving with your family!



Alphabet Clothespin Matching (FREE PRINTABLES)

Preschool alphabet activity

Hello! Today I would like to share a printable I created inspired by a product found in the dollar spot of Target. The Target dollar spot has so many neat finds for teachers this year! My mom and I are both preschool teachers, which gave us the excuse to buy way more than necessary! I found these really adorable clothespins with wooden letters attached and was inspired to create an activity using these.

Preschool alphabet activity

This activity is great because it exposes children to literacy concepts and also provides a fun way to practice fine motor skills. In previous years my class has really enjoyed playing with clothespin activities. Don’t worry if you don’t have these specific clothespins, as you can totally DIY these by writing letters on regular clothespins using sharpies! I’m providing printables that have uppercase and lowercase letters to meet different learning levels. These are available in black and white and color! Read below to download four free printables you can use in your classroom or home!

Supplies needed:

1.) Clothespins (can be purchased at Dollar Tree)

2.) Sharpie

3.) Kidlearningblog printable-CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD————–>

Alphabet Clothespin Matching in Color Uppercase

Alphabet Clothespin Matching in Color Lowercase

Alphabet Clothespin Matching in Black Lowercase

Alphabet Clothespin Matching in Black Uppercase

4.) Laminator

5.) Cardboard or white foam board

6.) Box Cutter, Scissors, and Tacky Glue

Making this activity is pretty simple. Just print, laminate, and cut out the alphabet template. After this you can carefully cut out the same shape from white foam board with a box cutter and glue this to your laminated piece using tacky glue. This was my first time using the white foam board. It looks nicer, but I will probably go back to using my trusty cardboard!

Preschool alphabet activity free preschool printable
Using foam board or cardboard increases durability for use in the classroom.


I really hope that you find these printables helpful for the upcoming school year! Please let me know if you do! Have a great day!


DIY Princess Crown

diy princess crown

diy princess crown

Happy Fourth of July everyone! I want to share this easy DIY project that I made for my two year old niece. I made a DIY Princess Crown (patriotic themed) to wear this holiday weekend! She loved this and wore it everyday, while repeatedly saying, “Happy Birthday America!” This crown can be easily made to fit any type of theme, holiday, celebration, or party. I only spent a dollar for this project, and all supplies can be purchased at the dollar store.


  1. Wire Party Garland: I purchased mine at Michaels in the party section. This can also be found at the dollar tree.
  2. Ribbon: I raided my craft supplies for ribbon that matched my color scheme. Using several different types of ribbon adds nice texture to the look.

diy princess crown wire party garland ribbon

The crown is made by wrapping the wire garland in a circle that is the appropriate size for your child’s head. Once this is completed, tie the ribbon in knots around the garland on one side of the circle. I hope you give this project a try for your next party or celebration.

diy princess tiara

Rainbow Craft for Kids

Rainbow craft for preschool kids door hanger craft
Rainbow Craft Door Hanger

Happy Spring! Today I’m sharing a rainbow craft that your child can hang on their door at home to welcome Spring. My class has been talking about the changing weather and how we are entering the season of Spring. The children are fascinated by rainbows. Before creating this craft, we read the story “Mouse’s First Spring”. In this story a young mouse is introduced to all different signs of spring. After reading we talked about how it rains frequently in Spring to help all of the trees, flowers, and plants grow. A rainbow occurs when it rains, and then the sun comes out. The sun shines on the raindrops and creates a rainbow. The children also learned that a rainbow’s colors always appear in the same order. They were very excited to start the art project, as they LOVE to paint!

Materials Needed:

  1. Paper Plates- cut in half
  2. Tempera paint in desired rainbow colors
  3. Small paintbrushes
  4. Ribbon scraps
  5. Tape

For this project, I precut the paper plates in half. I also drew five round lines with a pencil so that the children had a guide for where to paint each color. The children painted their paper plates, some preferring to use a different color order. We allowed them to dry. The children picked five ribbons to hang on their rainbow. This encouraged the children to practice counting. We used tape to adhere the ribbons to the back of the paper plate. A hole was punched at the top, and we tied a ribbon to use as a hanger. The children really enjoyed this art activity and it was very easy to prepare!

Vocabulary: rainbow, Spring, ribbon, weather, season

Benefits of activity: creative expression, fine motor practice, color recognition, scientific inquiry, language and literacy development, story retelling, counting, sequencing




Dr. Seuss Craft for Preschool (FREE fish pattern printable)

Dr Seuss crafts preschool
Dr. Seuss Fish Craft for Preschool

To celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday we made this easy fish after reading the story “One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish”. Dr. Seuss books are a wonderful way to introduce rhyming  words to young children. This book is quite long for some pre k students (63 pages), but the children enjoyed the vibrant illustrations, interesting characters, and pointing out the different rhyming words in the story!

Materials needed:

1. Fish pattern-CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD———> preschool-fish-pattern

2. Construction paper

3. Glue

4. Scissors

5. Googly eyes, pom-poms, and collage materials (foam shapes, sequins, tissue paper squares)

6. Markers

To begin the children traced a cardboard fish pattern onto construction paper and cut it out. They were given the opportunity to choose which size googly eye they wanted- big, medium, small. Providing a size choice embedded math skills into this art activity. The children also used markers to draw additional details on their fish. We added a pom- pom to the tail and decorated with different collage materials. The children enjoyed this craft, were able to independently complete the activity, and make creative choices!

Vocabulary: Dr. Seuss, author, illustrator, rhyming words, big, medium, small, trace

Benefits of activity: fine motor skill practice, creative expression, story retelling, rhyming words, size comparison, community helper discussion (author and illustrator)



Valentine Heart Watercolor Art

Process Art in the Month of February for Preschool

When planning opportunities to explore art materials I prefer projects that allow each child to use creative freedom. If possible I try to stay away from cookie cutter art pieces. My preschoolers really enjoyed creating this watercolor art project that incorporated Valentine’s Day. This was the first time they used watercolor paint in combination with oil pastels. They first proceeded to dive right into the painting aspect,but once they realized how beautiful the two media combined together they were hooked!

Preschool Valentine Art
Preschool Watercolor Art


1. Oil pastels (purchased at Michaels)

2. Watercolor (Michaels has a great brand that lasts all year- look for a 50% off coupon in weekly ad)

3. White construction paper

4. Various colors of construction paper

5. Scissors

6. Glue stick

Oil Pastels and Watercolor purchased from Michaels Stores

The children began by tracing a large heart onto white construction paper. We then talked about different types of shapes that could be drawn on the heart using oil pastels (straight lines, wavy lines, shapes, symbols). After drawing on the heart with oil pastels they added watercolor and the effect was beautiful! Once dry the heart can be cut and glued onto colored construction paper. I especially love how all twenty-four hearts are completely unique!

Vocabulary: oil pastel, watercolor, heart, Valentine, love, zigzag, wavy, line

Benefits of Activity: following directions, sequencing, fine motor skill practice, recognition of different shapes and colors, social-emotional discussion of love, friendship, and kindness

Preschool Watercolor Art Project
Watercolor Process Art for Preschool



Valentine Play Ideas for Preschoolers!

Two Easy Valentine Sensory Bin Ideas

Today I’m sharing two ways to celebrate love throughout the month of February in your preschool classroom! Sensory bins are a great way to incorporate math, science, pretend play, and language development into classroom learning. They are thoroughly enjoyed by preschool aged children. If you have a classroom that seems chaotic during free play I suggest trying one of these bins as they usually are able to engage children for quite a long time. These bins were made with inexpensive items from the Dollar tree.

For the first bin I purchased two bags of rice from the dollar tree. If you’ve never colored rice before it’s very easy. All you need to do is add rice, food coloring, and a capful of rubbing alcohol to a large ziplock bag. I recommend using a bag with a plastic knob that you pull to close. Mix all ingredients and allow to dry on a cookie sheet! To finish up this bin I added some old laundry caps for scooping and measuring and some heart cookie cutters!


The second bin is SUPER SUPER easy to make. I basically just grabbed a bunch of valentine decorations from the Dollar Tree and threw it in over top the rice. I added these in after a week of playing with just the rice. I added pom poms, glitter hearts, cut up beads, and rose petals. I also added a heart muffin tray and tweezers to be used for sorting and counting!


I hope these ideas inspire you to create fun and festive sensory bins in the month of February!

Thanks for following along!


Frozen Small World Play


This is a small world table I put together very quickly with items I had on hand.  What child doesn’t love Frozen?! Because children have such a strong interest in this story there are many great opportunities for language, social, and literacy skill development. To build the frozen castle I went through my container of mega blocks and picked out all the frozen themed colors and went to building! The great thing about using mega blocks is that the children can take the castle down and recreate it whichever way they wish! This is also a great opportunity to encourage children to build with manipulatives who do not usually prefer the block center.

When creating small world play I prefer to use several different types of loose parts to encourage symbolic play and creative thinking. For example, I added several sparkly white pom poms. The children can pretend these are snowballs, icicles, reindeer food, or crystals. Many times loose parts can be purchased inexpensively at places like the Dollar tree. I purchased some wooden Jenga pieces from the dollar tree and painted them white, silver, and blue. The children used these to build bridges and houses. The Frozen characters were also found at the Dollar tree. I also added cutouts of blue felt for water, some silver Christmas tree garland, and some woodland animals.

Small world play is an excellent way to encourage pretend play, story retelling, language, and social skills. I like to recreate my small world table according to whatever we are focusing on at the time. Children LOVE small world play! If you’ve never tried it you will be amazed at how engaged they are with this activity. Thanks for following along with me!