Last week my daughter came home with an adorable craft from school. It was a candy corn that was painted on black construction paper using a q-tip. I loved how it turned out and tried to think of a kids art project we could make that used the same technique. Since I loved how the colors popped off the black paper, I decided to use black paper again and use white and yellow tempera paint to make stars. So I brought out my HUGE bag of q-tips that I found at the dollar store. Seriously, it is like the never ending bag of q-tips. Needless to say, we use them quite a lot around here. You can learn How to Dye Q-Tips and use Q-Tips and Straws for fine motor practice or use them to make this star art I am sharing today.
My kids and I aren't into Thanksgiving for the same reasons. I love it because of the family and food while my kids love it because of all the fun Thanksgiving crafts they get to make. Now being the kids of a blogger, they do more crafts than the average bear. They are still not quite sure what I do though, but they are always delighted when they pass by my computer and see a craft they have made. So over the years we done more than our fair share of Thanksgiving activities. In looking back through the archives, I was able to assemble this list of our favorite Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids. All of these crafts have been tested and approved by my kids so I feel confident in saying your kids will love them too! After you have had your fun crafting, try our Thanksgiving Dinner Casserole!
I have been on a slow cooker kick as of late. For just a few minutes of prep time I can have a filling, hot meal for my family. If you don't consider yourself a cook, you should still try this slow cooker chicken recipe. It is that easy to make and the raves you receive from your family will have you feeling like a professional chef! I can't say where this recipe originated. It was passed on to me from an old friend and has become a staple in our dinner rotation. Easy Crockpot Chicken is one of the many family friendly recipes I share here on Mess for Less. If you are looking for more chicken ideas (maybe you just bought a boatload of chicken at Costco) try our Verde Chicken Enchilada Cups or One Pan Chicken and Rice Dinner.