Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to spend quality time with family and loved ones. Although most common Thanksgiving traditions include eating a family meal, watching football, and cooking together, there are lots of other activities to do as a family! From arts and crafts to fun recipes, here are some fun ideas to get you and your family in a giving spirit this holiday season.
2. Make a turkey veggie tray
Although many Thanksgiving dishes are thought of as complicated and hard to make, there are many simple and healthy dishes that the whole family can contribute to. For example, a turkey-shaped veggie tray is a fun, creative, and healthy dish to make. Many veggies like celery, spinach, and cabbage are all in season during November, so make sure to incorporate those to make your turkey extra fresh and yummy!
Kids are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables when they’re involved in the cooking process. They feel a sense of pride and confidence that they made it themselves. Plus, as kids work with the ingredients to make their masterpiece, they will feel more comfortable and familiar with these foods. Kids are also more likely to eat fruits and veggies when it is presented in a fun and creative way! Try out this Spinach Yogurt Dip to pair with your turkey-shaped veggie try.
3. Tell family stories
Since we have more time with family during Thanksgiving, it’s an excellent opportunity to learn more about your family history and tell funny stories. This is a great way to get closer as a family and learn more about each other. You can even have the kids brainstorm ideas and questions to ask family members ahead of time! Some questions to ask could be “tell me about your hometown?” or “what are you doing when you feel the happiest?” If you’re having trouble coming up with what to talk about, there are lots of ideas online or even games with question prompts all ready for you and your family to explore.
4. Play with mini pumpkins
There are so many activities you can do with mini pumpkins! You can paint and decorate them or hide them around the house and yard to do a Thanksgiving scavenger hunt. Who says you can only have holiday-themed hunts during Easter? Another fun game to play with mini pumpkins is ring toss. Just set out 3 or more pumpkins and toss toy rings or canning jar rings to catch it on the stem of the pumpkin.
5. Thanksgiving arts and crafts
There are many Thanksgiving-themed crafts to do. Hand turkeys are a classic Thanksgiving activity! It is fun and simple to do, and you can get creative with how you color or decorate it. Other arts and crafts are coloring pages, turkey hats, pumpkin decorating, and leaf art!
6. Take a walk or hike
November brings great weather and pretty foliage! This makes it the perfect time to go on a family walk or hike either around the neighborhood or to a hiking trail/park. Walking and hiking are perfect ways to take attention off screens and other distractions and solely focus on the beauty of nature and family conversations. Plus, taking a walk is also really beneficial for your health, especially after enjoying a big meal like on Thanksgiving. Movement like walking activates your digestive system so it can break down your food better and absorb up all of those important nutrients.
Walking is not only great exercise, but it is a healthy way for families to bond! If you aren’t sure where to find a hiking or walking trail near you, you can use apps like All Trails, search “parks” on navigation maps, or just simply take a walk right in your neighborhood.
In addition to gratitude, Thanksgiving is also a good time to show kindness to others. One of the best ways to do that is by volunteering. There are lots of opportunities to volunteer this time of year! Many community centers, food banks, and housing areas need volunteers to provide Thanksgiving meals to families. Volunteering also makes for good family bonding time and a way to get more involved in your community. Read our Volunteering For Health Blog to learn more about the benefits of volunteering and how to find volunteer opportunities near you.
8. Play family sports
There is often lots of sitting and eating and watching TV during Thanksgiving, so it’s good to take a break and get outside to get your body moving! Playing sports is a fun and competitive way to spend some active time with family. Sports can range from anything from flag football to soccer to a classic game of tag. If you have a smaller group, try sports like balloon volleyball or frisbee. Whichever sport you chose, use that time to get some exercise, fresh air, and have some fun!
Fall is a great time of year to enjoy good weather, seasonal foods, and Halloween festivities. Most of us think of trick or treating and watching movies when looking for Halloween activities to do with the family, but there are so many fun activities to do this October that are sure to get your kids excited!
We've got 7 fun-filled ideas for you to celebrate Halloween with your family!
1. Go to a pumpkin patch
Take a family outing to pick out some cute pumpkins! Pumpkins aren’t just for carving anymore. You can also paint them or add your own decorations! You can decorate pumpkins to look like anything from bats, mummies, and skulls, to your favorite characters. Going to a pumpkin patch can also make for a great photo op and Fall themed photoshoot location. You can come up with creative poses and photos to take, and save the photos to remember happy fall times! Many pumpkin patches also have mazes, hayrides, and more family fun!
Here’s a link of pumpkin patches to visit as a family in the Austin area.
2. Apple bobbing
Apple bobbing can make for fun competitions! The setup is easy, and the game is simple to play! Just fill up a tub with water, add apples, and take turns trying to catch an apple in your mouth. Have each player hold their hands behind their back, and track how long each player takes to catch an apple in their mouth. Whoever takes the shortest amount of time is the winner! Not only do apples make for a fun game, but they are also a healthy and nutritious snack! Once you’re done playing, you can use the apples to make a snack like Apple Nachos or Spooky Peanut-Butter Apple Monsters.
3. Give out treats, toys, and crafts!
Pick out your favorite fall treats, toys, or make crafts and give them to others! You don’t have to give out only candy on Halloween! Drop off yummy treats, toys, and crafts for your neighbors and friends leading up to the 31st. This is a great way to spread kindness and build connections with others!
4. DIY Halloween costumes
Tired of the same old costumes? Try making your own costumes from common household materials and watch your unique and fun costumes come to life! Some ideas are mummy costumes made out of toilet paper, ghost costumes out of sheets, and DIY pumpkin shirts. DIY costumes can also be a fun activity to do as a family that boosts your creativity and art skills! Plus it’s often a more affordable option than the expensive pre-made costumes you find at the store.
5. Make a Halloween scavenger hunt
You can make a Halloween scavenger hunt around your house or neighborhood! Come up with creative Halloween-themed clues, and get your family and friends involved. You can do a scavenger hunt as simple as going around your neighborhood and finding specific Halloween decorations like spiders and ghosts. Or, come up with your own clues and things to find. No matter what, a scavenger hunt can be a fun and competitive game to play!