Thanksgiving itself is a green activity. It’s all about giving thanks for the harvest, nature and each other. Make kids’ Thanksgiving activities reflect the respect you feel for the natural world. It’s not about gorging yourselves to the brink of obesity. It’s about sharing, caring and appreciating the bounty of nature. In other words, keep it simple. Here’s some green kids’ Thanksgiving activities that your whole family might enjoy.
1. Making reusable napkins and place-mats.
Skip the disposableThanksgiving themed paper napkins and place-mats. Make your own out of cloth scraps leftover from sewing projects. This is such an easy sewing project for kids. All they have to do is cut simple rectangles, hemming them on 4 sides. If you like, they can use new Thanksgiving themed cloth. It’s not quite as green as using scraps, but at least they’re still reusable. They’ll last a lot of years before heading for the landfill.
2. Scarecrows aren’t just for Halloween.
Skip the manufactured fall scarecrows. Kids can make their own from straw and old clothes. Consider making pilgrim or native American scarecrows with kids. They can stand outside to greet Thanksgiving guests. Once Thanksgiving is over, the straw makes good mulch for the garden. As for the old clothes, kids can recycle them by wearing them to do messy jobs or tossing them into the dress up box. Who knows? Today’s green scarecrow might become next year’s green Halloween costume.
3. Edible green centerpieces are perfect for Thanksgiving.
Younger kids can easily assemble an edible Thanksgiving centerpiece. Just have them fill a bowl, cornucopia or basket with all different kinds of fruit. Give them complete control over the artistic arrangement. Let them take their time. They can add mixed nuts in the shell to dress it up. Don’t be fussy about how it turns out. Remember, this is their creation, not yours.
4. Thanksgiving door art can be made from nature.
What’s nice about this Thanksgiving project? You get to take a nature walk with your kids. Have them collect small branches, pine cones and whatever else can be made into door décor. You have a Christmas wreath. Why not have a Thanksgiving wreath too? Just have kids glue or wire the items together to form a circle. Don’t forget to use non-toxic glue. Once the holiday is over, pack the wreath away for next year. It wouldn’t be a green activity if you couldn’t reuse it.
5. Thanksgiving dinner can be green.
Your garden is green. That means everything that comes out of it is green too. Make your garden harvest a true part of the celebration. What’s more? Instead of making Thanksgiving pumpkin pie from canned pumpkin this year, why not have kids grow their own? The seeds can be roasted. The pumpkin gets baked and turned into pie. That gooey stuff goes into the compost pile to help grow next year’s crop. There’s absolutely no waste involved. Plus kids get to be messy and learn some new skills.
Portions of this article were originally published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property.