Roundup : : 20 Family Activities

Updated September 2014 for the most up-to-date crafting, connecting and creating experiences! You can also check HERE for more great ideas on what to make, do and be inspired by this and any other week. 

Here in the United States it is the week of Thanksgiving, when many gather with family and reflect on things they are grateful for. Keeping with our month of gratitude, we have decided to have a quiet week – we will still be posting photos of gratitude throughout the week, but bigger posts and projects will be put on hold. We encourage you, too, to take this week to be with your family – to laugh and love, to reflect on this month of gratitude, and even to craft some connections.

Just because we will be a bit more quiet around here doesn’t mean that there’s nothing for you to do! Here is a roundup of 20 fun projects, books, and recipes to help keep you and your family busy – enjoy!

Indoor Projects

– Make some new napkin rings for your table
– Try your hand at a bit of autumn leaf yarn and nail art
– Dance with an autumnal playsilk made from hammered leaves
– Pat your head and rub your tummy thanks to your Action Dice
– Make a new Thanksgiving necklace
Decorate some fall leaves for your table (printable)
– Light up your table with these beautiful mod podge solstice lanterns
– Make everyone a fancy hat to wear this weekend
– Work with your little one’s art to create lovely hand-quilted personalized pillows

Outdoor Projects

– Go for a walk on a gratitude trail, marking things you’re grateful for
– Can you make a Thanksgiving walking stick?
– Build a nature mandala to celebrate nature and the outdoors

Good Books for Little Ones

Nothing But Miracles
Strega Nona
The Curious Garden
A Grand Old Tree
Giving Thanks
The Giving Tree
A Goodnight Walk
Extra Yarn
The Dot
The Bear Who Shared

Good Books for Grown-Ups

Creative Block (tap into your inner creative spirit)
Handmade Winter (get started making your Holiday gifts or planning your next holiday dinner!)
– Take a peek at what’s on Andrea’s nightstand
– Take a peek at what’s on Danielle’s nightstand



– Simmer some warm and cozy Pumpkin, Apple & Thyme soup to fend off the chill
Mini-quiches are great if you’re hosting a bunch of people (or just your own little family!)
– A simple spaghetti sauce for the weekend
Pumpkin Morning Bread would be a tasty addition to your Thanksgiving table
– A secret ingredient pumpkin pie is sure to hit the spot
– How to roast a pumpkin for the pumpkin recipes (psst – it’s easy!)
– Make creative magic with this always-perfect granola formula
– Start your morning off with some homemade sourdough pancakes
– End a busy Thanksgiving Day with a glass of Natido – a warm milk drink for big and littles


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