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Monday Praises-Buzz Lightyear’s Take on Thanksgiving

25 Nov

Do you ever have so much to say that you can’t say it?  I am feeling that way this morning.  I have so many things to praise God for that I can’t get my thoughts together to put them into words.  I have been in a state of thanksgiving this month, and now here we are with Thanksgiving just a few days away.

Charlie and Maddie are definitely tired of hearing about Thanksgiving and all that we have to praise God for.  I told them this morning at breakfast that this was Thanksgiving week and we would be spending extra time thanking God for all he had blessed us with.  I told Charlie to try to think of some things he wanted to thank God for.  He was dressed up as Buzz Lightyear at the time, and he told me, “I can’t do that.  I am Buzz and all he does is fight aliens.”

I thank God this week for sending his son, Jesus, to die on the cross for me.  I thank Him for allowing me to be born in a country that allows me the freedom to worship Him.  I thank Him for blessing me and my family with food, shelter, and everything we need and also what we want.

I am also thankful that Buzz is around to keep the house free of aliens!

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Easy Turkey Crafts for Preschoolers

18 Nov

It has been awhile (well, a week) since Charlie and I sat down and made something together, so I started looking around last night for some cool Thanksgiving projects we could do.  I want him to start learning about Thanksgiving, and he is really soaking up the information right now, so I decided today was the day!

I found tons of great ideas, printables, and videos online.  I kind of combined everything and came up with this:

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Charlie and I really had fun making them.  The best part was getting outside to find the prettiest leaves.

Here’s how we made them:

1. We colored paper plates with brown crayons, then cut out a circle of brown construction paper and glued it on.

1. We colored paper plates with brown crayons, then cut out a circle of brown construction paper and glued it on.

 

2. Glue on wiggly eyes, a beak made with a yellow construction paper triangle, and a wattle made with red construction paper (cut out like a heart).

2. Glue on wiggly eyes, a beak made with a yellow construction paper triangle, and a wattle made with red construction paper (cut out like a heart).

 

We had to look up some information about wattles.  Did you know that they actually change colors when a turkey gets mad?

We had to look up some information about wattles. Did you know that they actually change colors when a turkey gets mad?

 

3.  We used a hot glue gun to glue on the colorful leaves that we found outside.  We snipped off the stems before glueing them on.

3. We used a hot glue gun to glue on the colorful leaves that we found outside. We snipped off the stems before glueing them on.

 

Charlie was in charge of cutting off the stems, and I was in charge of the hot glue gun!

Charlie was in charge of cutting off the stems, and I was in charge of the hot glue gun!

 

And done!  Cute, huh?

And done! Cute, huh?

 

Maddie woke up about halfway through our project.  She worked on this great color-by-number turkey.  I found it at http://www.reading-with-kids.com/images/thanksgiving-turkey-color-by-number-letter.jpg

Maddie woke up about halfway through our project. She worked on this great color-by-number turkey. I found it at http://www.reading-with-kids.com/images/thanksgiving-turkey-color-by-number-letter.jpg

 

I love our turkeys, but here are some more great ideas that I found:

I love this turkey. The feathers are made out of old greeting cards. I can’t get back to the original source, so if it’s yours please let me know so I can give you credit:

I love this turkey.  The feathers are made out of old greeting cards.  I can't get back to the original source, so if it's yours please let me know so I can give you credit!

 

I couldn’t link back to the original source for these turkeys, either, but they are obviously made by Jill Dubien:

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I hope this gives you some inspiration!