Category Archives: Activities

Grinch-mas: A Night of Family Fun

How the Grinch Stole Christmas has been a holiday favorite for decades. It has been one of our favorite books and holiday specials my entire life. This year with the new movie The Grinch being released to theaters my family has decided to have a night of Grinch-mas! We will sit together at home and watch the original holiday special, make Grinch heart Rice Krispies, and then go to the theater to see The Grinch!

The story behind the Grinch has always been a relatable one, after all, who doesn’t feel a little miserly now and then? But the idea that he can be redeemed and his heart can grow three sizes when someone helps to show him what the true meaning of Christmas is shows us that we can all be redeemed for our grinchy moods.

Our kids love the Live action movie with Jim Carrey as well, it really is not my favorite but I do watch it with them every year because they love it so much. This year we will watch the original cartoon version before seeing the new movie simply because it seems that it will flow better with the story being described in the new movie, but feel free to start your Grinch-mas with whichever movie is your favorite!

Be sure to check out Amy’s Party Ideas for the full recipe for Grinch Heart Rice Krispies, she even has some spectacular decorations to make your Grinch-mas incredible. Also, be sure to check out The Grinch in theaters now!

 

Pumpkin Launcher: Lego Fun

Every year the weekend of Thanksgiving my family watches a show called Punkin Chunkin. On this show people from all over the country gather in Delaware to launch pumpkins from catapult machines and canons. The pumpkin that travels the farthest wins. It is a silly and fun show that allows for creativity and incredible engineering. This year I found a fun little activity for the kids to do while they watch. Thank you Frugal Fun 4 Boys for always coming up with incredible ways to entertain my brood!

This Pumpkin Catapult is made from Legos, a family favorite in this house, and uses engineering to launch little candy pumpkins across the room. Now this of course is not on the level of Punkin Chunkin, but it is lots of fun!

pumpkin launcher

If your little ones (or even your big ones!) love to create things and launch things then this is the perfect little activity. You can even use a tape measure and wage your own little competition for who can launch the pumpkin the farthest! Be careful not to launch it at anyone, and have a great time! Head over to Frugal Fun 4 Boys  for a full tutorial on how to create the catapult!

Thanksgiving Place-mat: Thankful Writing Activity

We are hosting Thanksgiving this year, usually my parents host and it is a grand and formal affair. When everyone sits around the table we chat, catch-up, and share a little about our year. I love spending the holiday with my family, and my mother is an amazing host. However, I am not my mother, and my style is much less formal. So this year I am choosing to do things my way instead of trying to out-do my mother at something she is far better at.

I have already chosen to seat everyone family style — no kids table. I want the kids to be a part of everything. After all — why should they be separate? Since I am including them I am of course making the table a little less cluttered and more fun to keep the kids involved. I am going to create a special place-mat for everyone. I found this place-mat at Teachers-Pay-Teachers and felt it was the perfect thing to add to my more casual table setting. I am also going to include a small bucket of crayons at each end of the table so that everyone can color and write on their place-mat. I am hoping that everyone is willing to share what they write at the table when we are eating. It will be a great way to learn a little bit about what means the most to everyone in the family. You can learn a lot by what a person is thankful for. Hopefully this helps us all get just a little bit closer this holiday season.