In all my ten years of parenting, I’ve never provided anything crafty for my children for Thanksgiving. I’m just not a crafty mom. It’s not my cup of tea to find the ideas, gather the supplies, and supervise the children during their time of creating.
I’d much rather my children just run and play with each other, or family members.
However, this year is a bit different…slightly; this activity binder that I’ve put together will give my children something fun and crafty to do without overwhelming myself. And even better, they’ll still have lots of running and playing to do!
Over the weekend I quickly assembled a binder for my children which includes simple activities for them to complete on their own. Assembling the binder took about an hour, and I’ve cut out the leg work of searching for projects by listing the links at the end of this post.
I love this because it is a self-guided activity binder; the instructions and activities are simple enough that I don’t need to hover over my children the entire time! Self-guided is very important to this overwhelmed, non-crafty mom.
Creating your own activity binder!
A side note here…these types of binders work great for traveling as well. 😉
Place all activity sheets in one binder to keep it simple, and easy for little hands to retrieve. In traveling situations, make a binder per child. For this week’s purpose of simplicity, I’ve kept everything for all ages in one binder.
In the front of the binder include all the supplies necessary for completing the activity sheets: glue sticks, scissors, and crayons.
Use dividers to separate the activity sheets: coloring pages, cutting pages, crafts etc… This helps even non-readers to find pages quickly, easily, and independently.
Place construction paper in the front so that children can create freely. It’s always fun to see what they come up with!
Crafts are placed in the back using zipped storage baggies, and page protectors.
Included in our activity binder this week:
Quite a few blogs have done the leg work for us in creating adorable printables, below are the websites I’ve included in our activity binder to be used on Thanksgiving Day!
If you’re anything like me, you’re wondering, “Where did you find all this?” Friends, this is when Pinterest is my buddy. It took me just a few minutes to search and pin these ideas, another fifteen minutes to decide which ones I wanted to include in our activity binder this week, and then another hour to assemble the binder.
The total time this took me was an hour and a half (maybe less); all completed in one busy weekend! I just don’t have the time to spend days & weeks to prepare crafts, so this was perfect for me.
What to do now?
- Go make your activity binder!
- Follow me on Pinterest! Seriously friends, I pin what I find fun yet simple for myself and my children. I can’t handle overwhelming projects, so they don’t get pinned. 🙂
- Subscribe to Anchored In His Grace (ahem, click here) to receive posts like these in your inbox! Part of anchoring our daily life in His grace, is remembering that it’s ok to forgo the overwhelming projects, and stick with simplicity.
Praying for a wonderful holiday season for you and your family!