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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.

Helping Kids Deal with Stress: Yoga for Kids

It may sound silly, but stress can affect our children too. You may laugh, after all, how can someone who has no real responsibilities be affected by stress? Our kids may be small but they absorb the world around them in very large amounts. They are after all little sponges. The difficult part about their absorbing so much is that they absorb what they cannot understand, and they do not know how to deal with the things they absorb. It can be overwhelming. It can be overwhelming for adults, imagine how it feels for a child. We can help with their stress levels by giving them tools to deal with their stress. Activity, conversation, and eating well will all help with that.

One great activity to aid in stress relief is Yoga. Yoga teaches breathing methods that aid in healing the body and stretches that can relieve tension and build muscle. The greatest thing about Yoga is that you do not have to join a gym or class to participate. You can do it anywhere, anytime.

Here are a few great Yoga poses that are perfect for young children. Try them with your kids, after all, kids are sponges. If they see you doing them they will try them as well. By instilling these modes of stress relief now we could aid our children in becoming better equipped to handle stress in the future. Which also will aid us to handle stress better. Give it a try, it might just change your outlook.

Yoga for kids

Download Free Cars 3 Printables NOW

If your kids are anything like mine then they are probably in overdrive waiting for Cars 3 to come to theaters this summer. June 16th cannot come soon enough in my household. We are watching Cars 1 and 2 a LOT, in preparation. Not because we want to, but because the kids want to. Don’t get me wrong, I love Cars. But after the umpteenth viewing, it gets a little tiring. So I have had to look for other ways to quench their Cars thrust while keeping my tv screen Cars free for a while. Thank goodness for Highlights Along The Way. This fun blog has some great Cars activities and even a Cars 3 printable game.

Download free Cars 3 printable

This printable set is so much fun. We have even played together as a family. The kids are so excited for the next big Cars adventure and we plan to see the movie together as a family. We will wear our Cars gear, from t-shirts to hats as we have a lot of it. The kids have always loved Pixar, and Cars has been one of the best things to come out of Pixar.

If you too are dealing with Cars overload and want a small break in the madness check out these fun printable to keep your kiddos busy until June 16th. It is fun, simple, and keeps them quietly creating and playing. Check out Highlights Along The Way for the awesome downloads now!