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Class
Party Ideas
for
THANKSGIVING
Thanksgiving
Must-Haves from
magazine
Our exclusive class-party guide
has all the crafts, recipes,
and activities you need...
■ Ask the teacher for the class party
start and end times.
■ Check guidelines on theme:
“Thanksgiving” vs. “Fall.”
■ Creat...
Save Time With FREE Class Party SignUps!
• More parents pitching in means
more FUN for everyone!
• Quick, easy setup for r...
Thanksgiving Party Decorations
Gobbler Place Cards
Sweeten up the kids' desks
with these turkey pals, quickly
and cleverly...
Adorable Acorns
Students can make a bunch of these
cuties to decorate the family table
or share as favors. You can even us...
Thanksgiving Party Snacks
Apple Quick Loaf
Slice up a few batches of this
nut-free bread for a healthier treat.
What to do...
Wing It Veggies
This turkey-fied twist on a veggie
platter just might entice the
students to gobble up a healthy
party sna...
Thanksgiving Party Activities
Hats Off for Color
Fill these pilgrim hats with
crayons, cover the worktable with
paper, and...
Roller Birdy: The Game
This adorable craft turns into a
wacky, high-energy activity!
What to do: Have each player make a
t...
Thanksgiving Stories
Share these great reads on
giving thanks with the class.
• Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks,
by M. S...
Thanksgiving Gratitude Ideas
Wreath of Plenty
Each note pinned to this
leafy wreath shows kids
how much they have to be
th...
• Write cards for teachers, coaches,
and parents.
• Collect gently used coats and blankets.
• Have a canned-food drive at ...
Check out
magazine for more craft
ideas, recipes, and activities
for kids!
Learn how to make these
leaf creatures.
Full Ye...
Save Time with SignUp.com's
FREE Online SignUps
• Class parties
• Field trips
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Thanksgiving Class Party Ideas

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FamilyFun & VolunteerSpot are sharing TONS of great craft, snack and story ideas for your Thanksgiving class party! PLUS bonus gratitude activity ideas and free class party sign-up sheets!

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Thanksgiving Class Party Ideas

  1. 1. Class Party Ideas for THANKSGIVING
  2. 2. Thanksgiving Must-Haves from magazine Our exclusive class-party guide has all the crafts, recipes, and activities you need to make this season especially fun and meaningful for every student. We hope you have a gobbly good time! COVER: PHOTOGRAPH BY ALEXANDRA GRABLEWSKI. THIS PAGE: PHOTOGRAPH BY RYAN LIEBE. Get the how-to's for this napkin ring on page 6.
  3. 3. ■ Ask the teacher for the class party start and end times. ■ Check guidelines on theme: “Thanksgiving” vs. “Fall.” ■ Create a SignUp.com class party SignUp for parents to help with: • Decorating and setup • Snacks and beverages • Crafts, games, and activities ■ Alert snack parents about food allergies. ■ Keep decorations simple: balloons, paper tablecloths, and easy DIY projects. ■ Don't forget cleanup supplies (trash bags, paper towels, etc.). ■ Use a kid's wagon to carry supplies through campus. ■ Remind parents to set phones to silent. ■ Ask a parent to take pictures. ■ Have FUN! The kids will have a special day no matter what happens! Room-Parent Party Checklist ✔ Learn how to make this mini pilgram hat. PHOTOGRAPH BY RYAN LIEBE.
  4. 4. Save Time With FREE Class Party SignUps! • More parents pitching in means more FUN for everyone! • Quick, easy setup for room parents and teachers. Parents choose what to bring and how to help from anywhere on any device. • No passwords needed! • Plus, automated reminders keep everyone on track! Try it now: SignUp.com
  5. 5. Thanksgiving Party Decorations Gobbler Place Cards Sweeten up the kids' desks with these turkey pals, quickly and cleverly constructed from cupcake liners. What to do: Flatten a standard-size cupcake liner, then draw eyes on the bottom of a mini cupcake liner. With a glue stick, adhere a beak and snood cut from colored paper. Using a brush or cotton swab, dab white glue around the rim of the mini liner. Set it off-center on the larger liner, as shown, and let it dry. With the glue stick, attach the turkey to a folded tent card (we used decorative-edge scissors to cut ours from brown card stock). Add turkey feet and a name with marker. PHOTOGRAPH BY RYAN LIEBE.
  6. 6. Adorable Acorns Students can make a bunch of these cuties to decorate the family table or share as favors. You can even use them to make the napkin rings on page 2. (Order the caps from acorno.com.) What to do: Add a drop of glue to the inside of the acorn cap and top with a pom- pom (we used ¾- and 1-in. sizes). Let dry. For the napkin rings, hot glue a length of ribbon to the inside of the caps before the party (an adult's job). Then the kids can decorate as they wish. PHOTOGRAPH BY RYAN LIEBE.
  7. 7. Thanksgiving Party Snacks Apple Quick Loaf Slice up a few batches of this nut-free bread for a healthier treat. What to do: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 9x5-in. loaf pan; set aside. Whisk together 2 cups flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, ½ tsp. baking soda, ½ tsp. salt and 1 /8 tsp. ground nutmeg; set aside. In a separate bowl, beat 1 stick unsalted butter for 2 minutes, then gradually mix in ½ cup sugar, 3 eggs, 1 tsp. vanilla extract and 1 tsp. lemon zest. Slowly add the dry ingredients and ½ cup buttermilk to the creamed ingredients. Coat 1½ cups peeled, cored, and diced apples with 1½ Tbs. flour, then fold into the batter. Spread the batter into the pan, sprinkle with 1 tsp. sugar, and bake 55 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove from the loaf pan. PHOTOGRAPH BY BÉATRICE PELTRE.
  8. 8. Wing It Veggies This turkey-fied twist on a veggie platter just might entice the students to gobble up a healthy party snack. What to do: Line a plate with lettuce leaves. Layer on broccoli, sliced bell peppers, and baby carrots. Include a bowl of your favorite dip, plus sliced mushrooms around the bottom. Add a mushroom cap head with peppercorn eyes and bell pepper wings, feet, beak, and snood. PHOTOGRAPH BY RAYMOND HOM.
  9. 9. Thanksgiving Party Activities Hats Off for Color Fill these pilgrim hats with crayons, cover the worktable with paper, and let students draw all over. What to do: Trim the bottom from a black paper cup. Cut a circle of black card stock about an inch wider than the cup's top. Run a line of glue around the rim and press it onto the circle. To make the band and buckle, cut a narrow strip of card stock the length of the cup's circumference; cut a square from a second piece of cardstock about ¾ inch wider than the band. Weave the band through two parallel cuts in the buckle, wrap it around the cup, and glue the ends together. Add crayons once it's dry. PHOTOGRAPH BY DOUGLAS MERRIAM.
  10. 10. Roller Birdy: The Game This adorable craft turns into a wacky, high-energy activity! What to do: Have each player make a turkey, using glue dots to stick the googly eyes and felt beak and snood onto a pom-pom head. Next, attach the pom-pom and feathers to half a plastic egg with glue dots. Place the opening over a large marble. On a smooth floor, see who can roll her bird the farthest, or set up a croquet-style course using chairs as makeshift wickets. PHOTOGRAPH BY MARK MANTEGNA.
  11. 11. Thanksgiving Stories Share these great reads on giving thanks with the class. • Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks, by M. Sutherland • The Quiltmaker’s Gift, by Jeff Brumbeau • The Littlest Pilgrim, by Brandi Dougherty • Thanks for Thanksgiving, by Julie Markes • Thanksgiving Is Here! by Diane Goode • 10 Fat Turkeys, by Tony Johnston Learn how to make these tabletop trees. PHOTOGRAPH BY RONALD ANDREN.
  12. 12. Thanksgiving Gratitude Ideas Wreath of Plenty Each note pinned to this leafy wreath shows kids how much they have to be thankful for. What to do: To adapt this wreath for the classroom (this version uses a Styrofoam wreath and straight pins): Cut the flat center from a plain paper plate; paint brown if desired. Cut leaf shapes from card stock. Crease each leaf in half to add dimension. Have children write what they're thankful for with light-colored gel pens, then use glue dots to attach the leaves to the wreath. PHOTOGRAPH BY DOUGLAS MERRIAM.
  13. 13. • Write cards for teachers, coaches, and parents. • Collect gently used coats and blankets. • Have a canned-food drive at the class party. • Make crafts for local nursing homes. • Contribute to the wreath of plenty. • Add notes to the Gratitude Boat. • Thank classmates for acts of kindness they've done. • Set up a hot-chocolate stand and donate the proceeds to a charity of their choosing. More Ways to Show Gratitude PHOTOGRAPH BY RAYMOND HOM.
  14. 14. Check out magazine for more craft ideas, recipes, and activities for kids! Learn how to make these leaf creatures. Full Year Just $3.99 Save 75% Now PHOTOGRAPH BY RONALD ANDREN.
  15. 15. Save Time with SignUp.com's FREE Online SignUps • Class parties • Field trips • Weekly readers • Potlucks • Performances • Service projects • Fundraisers • Team snacks • Parent conferences For everything you organize:

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