Indoor Plant of the Week: Hippeastrum. The plant you see above is commonly called “Amaryllis”, which is actually a different plant, though in the same family. I love growing bulbs indoors in the fall and winter. Their cheeriness makes me so happy. Plus, it adds a little something to our “view.” Yes?
How have you been this week? Overwhelmed by the thought of Thanksgiving dinner? Just take a page from the Mom and Kiddo playbook and make reservations at a restaurant. Seriously. Best holiday tradition ever.
But if you plan on making a big family dinner, here’s a round-up of ideas to keep little hands away from hot stoves:
Easy Thanksgiving Distractions of the Week:
- Print out and color these Thanksgiving Bookmarks (from this blog).
- Print out this Thanksgiving Word Search from Creative Family Fun.
- Give your kids some Dominoes or Pipe Cleaners for free play with built-in fine motor skills practice. From hands on: as we grow.
- Kids should help with dinner! Mama Smiles shows you how kids can make their own butter.
- I have more Thanksgiving activity ideas on my Pinterest boards.
Blog of the Week: Toddler Approved is a treasure chest of creative play ideas for (you guessed it!) your toddler. Looking for a Thanksgiving crafts even the smallest hands can make? This is the place to start.
Thanksgiving Books of the Week:
If you are tired of reading books about Pilgrims and turkeys try out these fall-themed picture books by a couple of kid lit giants:
In November by Cynthia Rylant is a gentle book about the traditions and sensory experiences of late autumn.
The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri is one of my favorite fall books. An industrious squirrel gathers food supplies for the coming winter.