Wednesday, November 22, 2017

5 Ways to Keep Kids Occupied on Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

I hope tomorrow brings you much joy and laughter as you celebrate all that God has given you. 

One of the many blessings that I have, is a whole troop of little people in my family. My young siblings, my cousin's kids (who are almost like nieces and nephews), will be joining us tomorrow for Thanksgiving Dinner. I've been working on a few games to keep them entertained while the adults enjoy coffee and pumpkin pie, and I thought I would share a few of them with ya'll in case you also have young'uns attending your festivities.

1) Thankful Birdie

This one is pretty easy and so it will work for kids old enough to talk, up to the eldest of us. All you have to do is get a badminton birdie and draw a turkey face on it. The kids sit in a circle, duck-duck-goose style. You toss the birdie to one kid, they will say one thing they are thankful for, then toss it to someone else. Each child says something they are thankful for before tossing it to someone else.

Speaking of duck-duck-goose, you can also play Duck-Duck-Turkey. ;)

2) The Turkey Trot

This is a fun game I found on Pinterest, and I am SO excited to do this one. It should be pretty funny, especially if I can get some of the teen to young-adult kids to play. You set up an obstacle course. The kids pair up into two-person teams. Each team will stand back-to-back and link elbows. (This makes it sort of like a three-legged race.) You give each team a ball (or in our case a Styrofoam pumpkin). They must then navigate the obstacle course and then toss a ball into the goal.

3) Ad-Lib Skit

This is an idea that comes from Youth Camp days. The director will read the skit, and the randomly selected participants must act out what is being read. This can become pretty comical, depending on those involved. I'm going to do the Bible story of the Seven Lepers this year.

4) Pumpkin Hunt

I did this one for the kids last year as well and it was a total hit! I take two or three of those small, decorative pumpkins and hide them in the yard. The kids run around trying to find them. The first kids to find it get a prize. Think Easter egg hunt, but with pumpkins instead.

5) Feather Race

This is another new one for me this year, but it promises to be entertaining. Place small feathers on a smooth surface, such as a hardwood floor, or a big table. Put a box at the other end, tipped up to be the goal. Kids must use turkey basters to blow the feathers into the goal. Child with the most points at the end of the time allotted wins!

What tricks do you use to keep little ones occupied (Ahem, out of the kitchen) on Thanksgiving Day?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Weekly Windup: Still Time to Win The Perfect Gift by Elaine Manders!

Welcome to the Weekly Windup! 

This is Thanksgiving week, and each of us here at Stitches Thru Time would like to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving filled with joy and laughter. We are thankful for you, our friends and readers that make this blog so much fun.


This Week's Giveaway:

The Perfect Gift by Elaine Manders

Macy has a secret.

It's Christmas 1963, and Macy Lance has it all. She'll soon graduate from a prestigious southern college. A position in a top pharmaceutical firm waits for her. Best of all, Jonathan Tennent has proposed. Jonathan is not only the love of her life, he's the son of Macon, Georgia's wealthiest and most prominent family, heir to Tennent Pharmaceuticals.

All would be perfect except Macy isn't the woman Jon thinks she is. No one suspects her persona of an affluent college co-ed is a charade. She must tell Jon the truth by Christmas Eve, but before then, she searches for a gift to rival the engagement ring Jon is giving her, and convince his society-obsessed mother she is good enough for her only son.

Despite his family's objections, Jon is determined to make Macy his wife. Then he discovers the one thing that can destroy their future.

Comment on any post now through November 26th to get your name in the drawing! Winner will be announced in the November 27th issue of the Weekly Windup. Paperback giveaways are for U.S. residents only.

Coming up this week:

Monday, 11/20: A devotion by Caryl McAdoo
Tuesday, 11/21: Tuesday Tidbit with Terri Wangard
Wednesday, 11/22: Thanksgiving Games with Amber Schamel
Thursday, 11/23: Book review of Cowboy Christmas Guardian
Friday, 11/24: New Book announcement by Carole Brown
Saturday, 11/25: Book review by Heidi Main

Milkweed Pods

Remember playing with milkweed pods as a kid? If you weren’t careful picking them, you’d get that sticky white sap all over your hands. We’d open the pods and release all the fluff into the wind.

When I was doing research for my short story, “Typhoon Prompting” (part of The Hope of Christmas releasing on Friday by Celebrate Lit), I was surprised to learn all that fluff was valuable to make life jackets during World War II. The floss was used as a substitute for kapok, which could no longer be imported from Indonesia.

School children in the Midwest collected pods. Five thousand bags of pods were collected in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. The bags were sent to a pod separation plant in Petosky, Michigan. It took eight hundred pods to fill a bag, and two bags per life vest.

Who knew that stuff could save lives? Now you do.