Only two more days and it's Thanksgiving. If you're serving up the dinner, what are going to do with the kids while you prepare?
We have plenty of books and films to occupy the kids, but perhaps they'd like to help. What can you give them to do?
Help set the table for one. Help decorate it for another. The Toymaker has a page of items that can be printed off and decorated or assembled by your kids. Most require nothing more than the child cutting and folding. And most, can be printed off in a black and white version that allows children to color the items, too. If you've never visited The Toymaker site, make sure you do so. Her items are clever and quite beautiful!
While everyone is hard at work, play Marlo Thomas's CD, Thanks and Giving All Year Long [CD CHILDREN THO] and listen to a stellar group of performers sing or read. You'll hear the likes of Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Buffett, Kermit the Frog, and Amy Grant, among others.
As you sit down to eat, remember to give thanks for the abundance on your table, and make a promise to help those who are a little less fortunate than you. (The Shepherd's Pantry accepts donations year round.)