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6 Simple, Green Ways Children Can Help Decorate for Thanksgiving

Posted By Jennie Lyon On November 16, 2012 @ 3:00 pm In green family,green kids,how-to | No Comments

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 1. Natural Vases

Take your children on a nature walk [5] around your neighborhood and collect fallen branches from trees. Bring those branches home, rinse them off and place them in vases throughout your home. It’s amazing how something as simple as a fallen branch looks great when placed in a vase on your mantel.

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2. Make a Clay Turkey

Children love to work with modeling clay and you can find great eco-friendly versions at your favorite art supply store. Give your child creative freedom to make any type of turkey they would like to display on the Thanksgiving table. You will be surprised what they can come with.

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3. Napkin Rings

Grab an empty toilet paper roll from the recycling bin and have your child cut it into 3 smaller tubes. Using glue, natural elements, found objects and crafting supplies have your children decorate the rings in any way that they would like. After they dry, place them around a napkin and you have instant Thanksgiving art for the dinner table.

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4. Bowl Full of Nature

Instead of buying cut flowers (that aren’t eco-friendly) for the centerpiece this Thanksgiving, let your child fill a beautiful bowl full of natural elements. Whether it is a large bowl of beautiful oranges, apples or pumpkins or a bunch of pine-cones from your back yard, this is an easy way for even the smallest of tots to decorate for Thanksgiving.

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5. Repurpose What you Have

Using what you already have to decorate is always the best way to go when thinking eco-friendly. If you have pumpkins or gourds leftover from Halloween, use those as a centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. If you have beautiful pumpkin decorations that you use for Halloween, leave them out until after Thanksgiving. My son has a large Jack o’ Lantern stuffed toy that he likes to sit on our sofa during October, once Halloween ends he simply turns the pumpkin around (the spooky face is hidden) and we enjoy the pumpkin through November.

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6. Candle Wreaths

Grab some cardboard from the recycling bin, help your child cut it into a small wreath shape that is large enough to sit a soy candle inside. Give your child creative control to glue natural elements; small pine-cones, acorns, leaves, twigs etc; around the wreath. It’s fun to make a whole row of these as the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving table and a fun way to entertain your children for the afternoon.

What eco-friendly ways does your family decorate for Thanksgiving?

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