Native American Indian Crafts and Costumes Using Recycled Materials

 Many schools teach Native American history around Thanksgiving. Fall just seems to lend itself to American Indian culture studies. Here are cross-curricular lesson plans including Native American costume crafts made from recycled paper bags. Perfect for Halloween and trick-or-treat dress-ups. Use for social studies lesson plans and preschool dramatic play.Native American Indian Crafts and Costumes from Your Recycle Bin

Free Printable Native American Indian Totem Pole Designs and Crafts

 When I was six, my father, mother and I moved to Haines, Alaska. We lived with a clan of the Tlinget Native American Indians. I was adopted into the tribe and my Tlinget name is Dok-du-Yik. I totally enjoyed the cultural immersion experience. I fondly remember the various Pacific Northwest native designs, especially the Totem poles.Free Printable Native American Indian Totem Pole Designs and Crafts

Budget Homemade Thanksgiving Centerpiece Like Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn is an awesome store, if you don't mind paying an arm and two legs for home decor. I do. So I create my own versions. Here's a budget, homemade Thanksgiving centerpiece like pottery barn, featuring recycled and natural fall elements.

Select an attractive glass, crystal or pottery bowl or platter from your China cabinet. You can even use a punch bowl, wicker or rattan basket, chafing tray or serving dish. If the bowl is clear, the decorations show through, but you can create a lovely holiday centerpieces with baskets, too.

Fill bowl or basket with plastic or wooden apples, mini pumpkins, natural or spray-painted leaves, acorns, nut shells, twigs, evergreen boughs and pine cones. Intermingle with red and gold Christmas tree bead garlands.

For a fragrant Thanksgiving Pottery centerpiece, add potpourri, incense cones, scented wax cubes, dried berries, cinnamon bark or cloves.

To create Pottery Barn's signature holiday birch log candles, wrap a hot, moist cloth around an ivory colored pillar candle. This will warm and texturize wax. Using brown or black Sharpie marker, draw horizontal bark patterns and knot holes. Use brown shoe polish to highlight and shadow.

These candles retail for $30-$80 at Pottery Barn. You can make similar candles for cents on the dollar.




Put Children to Work Helping With Thanksgiving Day Preparations

Entertaining little ones during holiday preparations can be a real juggling act. I've been a teacher for almost 30 years and a mom for 25. I know about making things kid friendly. I say don't just entertain, put them to work helping. Here are ways kids can help with Thanksgiving.   Ways Kids Can Help With Thanksgiving Preparations

Kids Can Help with Thanksgiving Preparations with Free Printables

As a 30-year teacher, 25-year mom and 10-year homeschooler, I know how to make activities kid-friendly. Take holiday preparations--don't just plunk kids in front of the TV. Put them to work helping. Good for them, good for you. Here are ways kids can help with Thanksgiving making free printable decorations and crafts. Ways Kids Can Help With Thanksgiving Preparations

Free Printable Thanksgiving Greeting Cards

Do you like to send holiday cards but find them too expensive? $5 for a greeting cards that's going to get thrown away? Seriously, who can afford that? Well, did you know you can print cards at home and it costs nothing? Here are free printable Thanksgiving cards to make and send. All you have to provide is a printer, paper and ink. Or go to the library and print for 10 to 15 cents. Quite a savings.  Read on for linksFree Thanksgiving Cards, Crafts and Games to Print

Free Printable Thanksgiving Countdown Calendar Crafts

Several years ago, I wrote an article for a free printable Thanksgiving countdown calendar from Family Fun. That link is on this site. Well, Family Fun's website has changed. It's now Spoonful. The links I used redirect there and all the crafts are still available. Buuut...some are a little harder to find with the new site reorganization-wouldn't you know? Here's the new link for the countdown to Thanksgiving calendar. It's listed in the icon list on the right under "Top 14 Thanksgiving Printables." Don't try to print it from the little image I'm using here. Go to Spoonful for the printable.

The reason I didn't link you directly to the calendar is that I don't want you to miss the other cute Thanksgiving crafts to print. In fact, that's the the top 14 Thanksgiving. There are more Thanksgiving and scads more printables for other holidays and Disney movies. I'd print a craft a day for kids to make each day before a holiday. Good countdown and keeps them and you from going stir-crazy. Here's the link to my article with ideas on how to use a holiday countdown calendar. Free Printable Countdown to Thanksgiving Calendar