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Thanksgiving Activities For Your Little Ones


The turkey is in the oven, the pumpkin pie is cooling, and little fingers are picking mini marshmallows off the top of the yams. Approximately 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations in the United States. That’s a lot of turkey! Now even though it’s called ‘turkey day’, cooking isn’t the only fun activity your family can do on this day of thanks. Besides eating, Thanksgiving is a great holiday to discuss family traditions, connect with extended family, and show your appreciation and gratitude.

Here are some kid-friendly activities for the whole family as you await the bird in the oven:

1. Leaf Hunt!Fall Chipper with Leaf Bag

Search for some colorful fall leaves outside or print and color some Chipper Fall Leaves or Helping Hands. Then hide them around the house! Make it a treasure hunt by giving clues of thanksgiving related items! Here are a few example hints to get your started:

  • Pumpkin Pie is really great and very yummy. What do I need to help me eat and put it in my tummy? (Answer: The Silverware Drawer)
  • Turkey, Potatoes, Green Beans on my plate. This is where we eat the turkey dinner, it tastes so great! (Answer: The Dining Room Table)
  • Family time and meet and greet! When we relax together, this is our seat! (Answer: The Living Room Couch)

Happy Hunting! You can also create gorgeous cards (or see the craft below!) and name tags for your Turkey dinner using your leaves and mod podge after your game:

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2. Turkey Run!

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The mountains of food seems endless on Thanksgiving Day, and so do the cravings for more than one slice of pumpkin pie; but not if your family works up an appetite! ‘Turkey Trots’ are very popular and can help raise funds for a good cause. Take a look at this website and see how you can join a “Turkey Trot” near you! Or take a stroll around the block with the whole family after dinner to help digest the big meal. a simple walk is a great opportunity for some great family conversation!

3. Let’s Learn About Our Family!

Chipper Family Tree

What better time for kids to learn about the family history than on Thanksgiving, when the entire family is gathered together! Print out a Chipper Family Tree and have the kids interact with each family member to see where they belong on the tree. When dinner is finally ready, bring out the completed tree and have each member tell a family story!

4. Thanksgiving Day Placemat!

Print out our complimentary and have your little ones color and fill it out. It’s a great way to keep the kiddos occupied while also teaching them about healthy eating habits and what they are thankful for! Click here or on the image below to download and print (please use legal paper or print on two letter sized paper and tape together).

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5. Recycle Craft Turkeys!

IMG_1782Create a cute centerpiece for your table or use them as name tags for your Thanksgiving feast seating!

Materials:

  • Recycled Toilet Paper Roll
  • Tape or Glue (we love double stick tape!)
  • Markers or colored pencils
  • Pipe Cleaners or some Fall Leaves
  • Googly Eyes (optional)
  • Recycled paper colored or construction paper and some scissors (optional)
  • Popsicle stick and square of paper if making name tag for table

Directions:

  1. Start with your Turkey face! Draw eyes, a neck waddle, a beak or use googly eyes, cut a triangle from construction paper for the beak and waddle.
  2. Draw on some wings and feathers with markers or colored pencils.
  3. Now add your tail feathers! Find some colorful fall leaves outdoors and glue or tape on to the back of your roll. Or curl some pipe cleaners with your fingers and glue or tape on. Add feet with folded pipe cleaners or cut some out of paper and attach to the bottom of your turkey with glue or tape.
  4. If you are creating a name tag, cut out a small rectangle of white paper, write on your name, then attach to your popsicle stick with glue or tape. Then attach to your turkey, sticking it to the inside back end of your toilet toll with glue or tape.
  5. Add to your table so everyone know where to sit! Or just place in the center or around the house for some fun decorations. You can even use them as napkin holders! Just fold your napkin through the center of the roll.

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EXTRA CRAFT: If you find some pinecones outside while searching for leaves, add some googly eyes, paper beaks, and feathers with hot glue (with supervision) to create festive table decorations!

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For more fun Thanksgiving activities, visit our Thanksgiving Pinterest Board! Please share your crafts with us in the comments below. Have a Fall-tastic Thanksgiving! Gobble Gobble 🙂

November 12, 2014 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

Bring the Holidays to Life with Small Potatoes!


Chipper Holiday Spud Party

The Holiday season is upon us and it’s time to start the fun! More often than not, games and activities these days are played on a screen. Kids aged 8 to 18 spend, on average, 44.5 hours per week in front of a screen, according to the Department of Health. Whether they are watching their favorite show or writing… er, typing a school assignment, the amount of time kids (and adults too!) spend looking at a screen is flabbergasting!

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Apps and online games can be educating, fun, and beneficial in various ways but we cannot underestimate the importance of real-life experiences and play. Play is a remarkably creative process that fosters emotional health, imagination, original thinking, problem solving, critical thinking, and self-regulation. As children actively invent their own scenarios in play, they work their way through the challenges life presents and gain confidence and a sense of mastery. When they play with materials, children are building a foundation for understanding concepts and skills that form the basis for later academic learning.

Combining the digital and durable worlds is something our Let’s Go Chipper!™ programs have been encouraging for years and now our friends at Magic Toy Maker are bringing in some cute spuds from the App world righto your doorstep. Little Airplane’s Small Potatoes, a popular kid’s show in the UK starring adorable, singing spuds, has come to life in a new app, Small Potatoes Magic Toy Maker. Dress up and personalize your Small Potato with an array of Holiday outfits on the app then get it delivered right to your doorstep for under $20! Shipping is free until November 11th so don’t miss out on the fun! Plus, you can design your very own gift tag with a variety of fun backgrounds and stamps to personalize a present.

There are hundreds if not thousands of new apps to choose from out there but the Small Potatoes Magic Toy Maker is different because it integrates online play with a physical good! Nothing is more magical during the Holiday Season than bringing imagination to life in the form of a soft and cuddly plush toy designed with love. Download it today for free on iTunes or Google Play and join the conversation on the Magic Toy Maker Facebook page! 

November 4, 2014 at 6:15 pm 2 comments

Chipper Tip: Only Rain Down the Drain!


Just Rain down the Drain

You see the signs right? And it seems obvious but millions of pounds of trash and plastic enter our waterways through our curbside drainage system each year. The effect on our plant and sea life is huge: about 22,000 bodies of water in the United States are considered “impaired” by the Environmental Protection Agency due to this pollution.

Let's Stroll Crissy Fields | Eco-Educational Book and App for Kids | Free Activities

As we celebrate National Wildlife Week and the theme being “water,” be inspired to take action over just acknowledging the importance of clean water for our animals on land and sea.

What we can do:

  1. If you see it, own it: Lead by example and pick up trash when you see it on the ground. Use good judgment, plastic/foil chip bags, paper bags, and plastic bottles are generally safe to pick up but be safe first.
  2. Make the grade: Collaborate with your classroom and take a walk through the neighborhood. A good stroll is healthy for both mind and body and the clean up helps foster a deeper connection with your community.
  3. Power to the Park Ranger – Chipper is the most enthusiastic ambassador in town and always pays respect to the ranger. Invite your local state or national park ranger, or junior ranger, into the classroom to teach kids about streams, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, even the little puddle along the path. All give life to the forest and eventually make it to the sea. Teaching kids the principals of Leave No Trace will inspire them to pick up any litter along the trails during spring and summer hiking and camping adventures

Here are some great tips and things to keep in mind:

Collaborate as a family, school, and community and join Chipper in Making Change for the Better – what we do as individuals makes a different for all! Print the label below, attach to recycled can, collect change, and donate to the Ocean Conservancy to help keep our water ways clean!

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Click here to download, print, and color!

 

Let’s go Chipper and remember to give a little thumbs up to the National Wildlife Federation!

Let's Stroll Crissy Fields | Eco-Educational Book and App for Kids | Free Activities

March 18, 2014 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

Chipper Recycle Craft: Super Bowl Football Game for Kids


Young kids can get bored quickly on the long Sunday Game Day. Keep your little ones happy and busy during Super Bowl with some fun activities like helping make some dip and making their own paper football field game! Paper football is an easy, fun game passed along the generations that will occupy your children all day.

Game Day Super Bowl games for Kids and Young Children

Take it a step farther with an arena for your paper football from a recycled cereal box, Fortified for FUN! 🙂 kix-paper-football-stadium-9

Or just make a goal without the field if you don’t have a cereal box on hand. You’ll need straws and tape. If your kiddos don’t want to take turns holding their goal, also have a small cardboard box (recycled crayon box or similar sized box works great) to make a goal stand.

Bend straws to create “u” shape of the field goal posts and tape into position. Use duct tape or colored tape to represent your team’s colors!

Create a stand for the goal post out of an empty crayon box covered in duct tape to prop up your goal.

That’s it for the simple goal post! Making a goal field take a bit more time but is a ton of fun and controls the area where your kiddos are flicking their paper football (scroll down for instructions on making your Paper Football). To make a field, you’ll need:

  • 1 empty cereal box
  • Construction paper
  • Toothpicks (or use Straws and instructions above, both work great!)
  • 1 white crayon
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Duct tape

Start by cutting off a side of your cereal box. If kid friendly scissors won’t work, have an adult use a sharper pair or crafting knife.

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Make the sides more sturdy by covering them with duct tape.

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Cut a sheet of green construction paper to fit inside the box. Draw yard lines using a white crayon and a ruler. Alternatively, have your child color a piece of recycled white paper, leaving gaps for the yard lines. This give you and opportunity to talk about recycling and how we can Reuse and Recycle to help keep our planet clean and beautiful!

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Place the paper inside the box to make the field. Secure with tape or glue if necessary.

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To make the goal posts, tape the corners of the toothpicks (or straws) into place and secure with tape.

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Make a small hole in the bottom of the box for the goal posts to stick into. Secure with a piece of tape along the bottom if needed.

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Once you have your field, you can make your paper football! Folding a paper football is also super simple. Take an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper and cut it in half lengthwise. You can use brown construction paper or color some recycled paper brown.

Then fold the paper lengthwise.

Take a corner and pull it over to the opposite edge creating a triangle.

Continue folding up and creating triangles for the length of the paper until you can’t make anymore.

Make the last triangle come the opposite direction.

Cut off some of the end to make it a bit smaller for tucking.

Tuck the end in to the open slot on the triangle of paper so you are “closing” the football.

Draw laces on your foot ball with a white crayon. And you’re done!

Hold the football and flick it to get it through the goal post. Move farther and farther away to make it harder.

Have fun seeing who can make the most goals! What other games does your family play on game day? Share with Chipper!

January 29, 2014 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment


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