Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Creative Kids _ Happy Thanksgiving

I love Pinterest. More than love, i probably have a mild form of addiction to the site. Maybe more than mild. From ideas for party decor to an inspiring studio space to the best of fabric designs, it's an amazing place to go for inspiration. 

But sometimes it's the real-every-day and maybe not-so-perfect that makes the best memories. When we're decorating for the holidays it's easy to get caught up in the spreads of the magazines, to yearn for the beautiful new & shiny on every store shelf ... there are always gorgeous new things ... new dishes, new decorations, new ideas. But at the end of the day, for me, decorating for the holidays when there are little people in the house is all about them lending a hand. Rather than worrying about perfect mantelpieces and beautiful table top centerpieces that take hours to set up, I use preschool clay turkeys and ask the little ones to gather pine cones to help decorate. Get them to write letters on pieces of cardboard spelling out 'Give Thanks' and pin them onto a piece of string to form a banner ... it's these simple little touches that also teach them that their creativity and contributions are valuable, and make them feel so proud when they see their artwork hanging on the walls.

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These clay turkeys are the best for an easy Thanksgiving craft project. One of them came home from pre-school 8 years ago, the others were made at home after ... the kids love seeing their creations being brought out year after year and until they're old enough to be embarrassed by their pre-school creations, these are my favorite Thanksgiving decorations.

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Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving.