Thanksgiving brings us together to celebrate with our friends and families, so don't let a full house overwhelm you. Use these activities to keep people of all ages engaged and happy all day long. A house full of activity, laughter, and gratitude will make this Thanksgiving the best yet.

Make a stash of sweet treats - an
easy activity for kids to do on
their own.

For each candy acorn, you'll need a chocolate drop candy, a round mini sandwich cookie, and a mini chocolate chip. use candy icing to attach the sandwich cookie to the flat side of the chocolate drop candy. Then use a dab of icing to attach the mini chocolate chip to the top of the cookie. Let set.

A quiet activity for all of the
cousins to do together.

A perfect activity for older kids to
work on with younger kids.

Create a garland of leaves to represent the entire family. Draw or trace a leaf shape on card stock and cut it out. Trace around the shape many times again and cut out the leaves using scissors. Let each member of the family use markers to decorate their own unique leaf. Use a sewing needle to string everyone’s leaves onto embroidery floss.

While your house is full of friends and family, let your girl surprise someone with a special thanks! Use leaves that are left over from the Lovely Leaves garland. On the back of each leaf, kids can write to a friend or visiting family member telling them why they are grateful to have them in their lives. You can help your girl hide the notes in places you know they’ll be found, such as jackets or purses.

A sweet and crunchy treat
for the football game!

Make a stash of sweet treats - an
easy activity for kids to do on
their own.

Have your girl gather pinecones from outside. Before you craft, make sure the pinecones are bug-free. Here’s how: Spread the pinecones in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake the pinecones at 200 degrees for 30 minutes, let them cool. Cover a work surface, then use nontoxic acrylic paint to paint the tips of the pinecones in bright colors. Let dry. Finish by tying a ribbon to the end.
Ideas from American Girl magazine. americangirl.com/shop/magazine