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Thanksgiving Kids Crafts

Updated on November 22, 2015

Top 5 Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Of the hundreds of Thanksgiving crafts I'veĀ seen over the years, these five are my favorites. They are easy to make and are a hit with kids. Most can be prepared ahead of time so that minimal help is needed from adults andĀ children can dive right in.

These ideas come from lots of sources. Some will have links to instructions at trusted websites and some have instructions included here.

I've taken pictures of our own versions of these crafts so you can get a good idea of how they look completed. I've also added some tips we've found through trial and error to make the crafts a little easier to make.

Indians

Thanksgiving Indian Craft

Our homeschool group made these cute little Indians for our Thanksgiving craft project. Cutting the pieces out ahead of time made the craft extremely kid friendly. All instructions are here at FamilyFun (link no longer available!).

There were instructions for Indians AND pilgrim people, but I've only made the Indians. The pilgrim people are cute too, but require more handling.

Pictured here is a regular sized Indian (tissue paper tube) and an x-large Indian we made just for fun. For the x-large Indian, we used a huge heavy-duty cardboard tube (a tube used for mailing posters etc.) and adjusted the size of the other materials. If I can find a HUGE paper tube (surely someone makes one) I'd love to make a life-size Indian this way. I think it would be a great project/challenge for teenagers to make.

Make an Indoor Fire for your little Indians

Turkey Treats

Turkey Treats
Turkey Treats

Candy Turkey Craft

Candy Turkey Craft
Candy Turkey Craft

Turkey Treats

A perfect craft for Thanksgiving Day

This is one of my all time favorite Thanksgiving Crafts. It was published in a 1993 issue of Southern Living magazine and I've kept it all of these years. It's really cute and kids enjoy making and eating these turkeys. Because it is so old, it is not listed at their website, but I simply must share it and give Southern Living and contributor Elizabeth Yarborough credit for the idea.

I've added my own ideas too and denoted those with an asterisk*.

Turkey Treats

  • Oreos (cream filled chocolate sandwich cookies)
  • Red Cinnamon Candies (or red M&M Minis*)
  • Whoppers (malted milk balls)
  • Chocolate frosting (or peanut butter*)
  • Candy Corn

You can probably tell from the picture exactly what you need to do, but here's a quick run down.

1. Separate chocolate cookie carefully, leaving filling intact on one of the halves and set aside.

2. Attach a red cinnamon candy (or red M&M Mini) to a malted milk ball with a little frosting (or peanut butter).

3. Attach the malted milk ball to a cookie half with creme filling using a dap of frosting (or peanut butter).

4. Spread chocolate frosting (or peanut butter) onto the half of the cookie with no creme filling.

5. Arrange candy corn in a fan shape on chocolate frosted cookie halves leaving a space in the center for the malted milk ball. This is your turkey tail.

6. Attach turkey tail to turkey body (malted milk ball) using chocolate frosting.

Heehee...We Got Craaaazy with This One....A Peacock!

Here's a spin on the Turkey Treats!

We got the idea to make another version of the "Turkey Treats". My daughter and I dug through the half-price Halloween candy and found these really neat pink and purple candy corns. We also found...you won't believe it...strawberry flavored (pink) Whoppers candy. We used vanilla flavored creme-filled cookies and vanilla frosting. It looks like a Peacock or Flamingo to me, but nobody's buying it since Flamingo's don't have fan tails.

Leaves

Stained Glass Window Leaves

These are best displayed in a window

This craft involves scraping crayons to get colorful crayon shavings. These shavings are then melted between layers of waxed paper with a warm iron.

This project is best to do at home (vs. classroom) because of the iron etc.

The light shines through the melted crayon and they really do look like stained glass.

This idea can be used for any holiday. For Christmas, a tree shape could be used with green crayon bits. For Easter, an egg shape could be used with multi-colored bits.

If you like this window craft, you might also like the Tissue Paper Fall Leaf Sun Catchers listed below under More excellent Thanksgiving Crafts.

Turkey Hats

Turkey Hat

If you want to be just plain silly, make these turkey hats. This craft is another one that can be cut out and prepared ahead of time.

A couple of things I changed to make this craft better for kids were: I used googly eyes (instead of pom-poms) for the eyes and I used tape and a gluestick when possible instead of white glue. We DID use white glue for the eyes, but another option if you want to avoid white glue for the eyes is Glue Dots. If you've never used Glue Dots, they are small clear sticky dots about 1/4 inch in diameter. They are VERY sticky and kids will need help using them, but the upside is that they do not need to dry like white glue. They come on a roll and you can find them at any craft store.

Turkey Shirts

Sweatshirt Turkey with Hand and Footprints

Handprints and a footprint make the cutest turkey! There are lots of versions of this craft, but I like this one best. I still have the one we made when my daughter was little.

All you need is a light colored sweatshirt or t-shirt and some acrylic paints: red, yellow, brown, white and black. Oh, and a child willing to rub their hands and a foot in some paint (this won't be hard to find). Step-by-step instructions are below.

This would make a special Thanksgiving gift for a grandparent.

Making a turkey sweatshirt from hand and footprints

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Insert cardboard or other thick paper into your shirt so it will not stick together.Help your child rub his or her hand in red paint (a paper plate works well) and make 3 handprints in a fan pattern. Wash hands and let paint dry.Repeat procedure using yellow paint making 2 handprints this time. Wash hands and let paint dry.Now repeat procedure with brown paint and child's FOOT. Make sure the heel is up to make the turkey's head. The child's toes will be the turkey's feet. Wash child's foot and let paint dry.Now paint 2 white circles for the turkey's eyes. And paint a red shape for the waddle. Let paint dry.Now finish the turkey's eyes with 2 black cirlces. Add a beak of a yellow circle.
Insert cardboard or other thick paper into your shirt so it will not stick together.
Insert cardboard or other thick paper into your shirt so it will not stick together.
Help your child rub his or her hand in red paint (a paper plate works well) and make 3 handprints in a fan pattern. Wash hands and let paint dry.
Help your child rub his or her hand in red paint (a paper plate works well) and make 3 handprints in a fan pattern. Wash hands and let paint dry.
Repeat procedure using yellow paint making 2 handprints this time. Wash hands and let paint dry.
Repeat procedure using yellow paint making 2 handprints this time. Wash hands and let paint dry.
Now repeat procedure with brown paint and child's FOOT. Make sure the heel is up to make the turkey's head. The child's toes will be the turkey's feet. Wash child's foot and let paint dry.
Now repeat procedure with brown paint and child's FOOT. Make sure the heel is up to make the turkey's head. The child's toes will be the turkey's feet. Wash child's foot and let paint dry.
Now paint 2 white circles for the turkey's eyes. And paint a red shape for the waddle. Let paint dry.
Now paint 2 white circles for the turkey's eyes. And paint a red shape for the waddle. Let paint dry.
Now finish the turkey's eyes with 2 black cirlces. Add a beak of a yellow circle.
Now finish the turkey's eyes with 2 black cirlces. Add a beak of a yellow circle.

Bonus Craft #6: Here's our paper pumpkin.

Here's our paper pumpkin.
Here's our paper pumpkin.

Just found this one and of course we HAD to make one of these. We didn't have a stamper to make designs on the orange paper, so we used a thin orange marker and made random swirly lines instead. It worked GREAT. One more thing: they don't say this in

More excellent Thanksgiving Crafts

I've been out scouring the internet for the BEST Thanksgiving crafts. Enjoy!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.

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      AlexiaLynn 4 years ago

      I am so trying these!~!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      do you have any good popcicle house ideas?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      awesome ideas

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Great ideas, I like the turkey hat! Blessed!

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      I like the turkey shirt - hands and foot - that's so cute. Blessed.

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      seosmm 5 years ago

      Very nice lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Super nice lens. Thanks for sharing. Squid-liked!

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      lauraklebsch 5 years ago

      i have 6 kids that are going to have a good weekend thanks to your lens. all these great ideas should fill our weekend well. thanks

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      wcjohnston 5 years ago

      very creative lens, great job

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      Just stopped by looking for ideas for my grandkids Thanksgiving crafts ... and to leave a blessing for these fun and creative kids Thanksgiving crafts.

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      Russian_Doll 5 years ago

      That's cute!!!!!

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      DeterminedDolphin 5 years ago

      A great bunch of ideas for Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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      BuddyBink 5 years ago

      Some excellent ideas, especially if family with kids are coming for Thanksgiving, for keeping the kids busy and in the spirit of the day.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Very cute and creative ideas! Great article and very nicely presented. :)

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      Bahrns 5 years ago

      great ideas! I will definitely do this with my wife and my kids. Probably we'll do turkey shirt for the whole family.

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      bonusprint lm 5 years ago

      This is really trendy and ideas of craft art that kids will be interested in because they love to have fun in what ever they do. Great lens impressed.

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      I so love the hand and foot tshirt idea. It's so awesome. Great creative lens.

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      slippknot12 5 years ago

      Great Crafting Ideas! I cannot wait to try some of these projects out with my daughter. Thank you so much for this fun and informative lens

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      lasertek lm 5 years ago

      I like the Indian and turkey crafts. Thanks for sharing.

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      NidhiRajat 5 years ago

      very nice interesting work

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      food monkey 5 years ago

      very fun! nice lens :)

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Love this, so cute!

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      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      cute crafts, great lens.

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      Scanabella 5 years ago

      My cats love to play with empty tissue paper rolls also! very creative ideas!

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      FreelancinFran 5 years ago

      Cute, fun lens. Good job :)

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      Very cute and creative ideas. I hope kids still are crafting and expanding their creative spirit.

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      Jennifer_Glennon 5 years ago

      These are great ideas! I am going to have to try these with my daughter.

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      modernchakra 5 years ago

      Now is there a law against adults doing kids' crafts? and how readily is it enforced? ;)

      Thank you for these cool ideas, I will forward them onto my brother and sister to keep my niece and nephews busy!

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      I love the ideas! I'm always looking for cute holiday crafts I can do with my kids. Blessed and liked.

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      jdwheeler 5 years ago

      Thanksgiving is such a special time to give thanks for your family and these crafts are great to spend time with your family.

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      noel rocs 5 years ago

      love it! I am definitely gonna try out some of these with my baby :) He'll love the turkey hat! :)

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      kt_glasses 6 years ago

      cute lens! love all the ideas you've put in here.

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      CozyKitty 6 years ago

      Wow - what an amazing lens! There are so many ideas worth coming back for. Thanks, and Happy T'Day!

      ;-))

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      Robert T Gasperson 6 years ago from South Carolina

      I think My favorite project on this page is the crayon stained glass. Thank you for the great ideas.

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Congratulations on your "Double" honor -- being included in the Best of Lists Thanksgiving lenses AND receiving a Purple Star. Both honors are well deserved. This is a wonderful group of Thanksgiving crafts for kids, including some really creative ones. Now I'd like to add my own small recognition of an excellent lens by leaving a ~~SquidAngel Blessing~~

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congratulations for being included on the Best of Lists, 75 Lenses You Shouldn't Miss This Thanksgiving by SquidTeam, and Happy Thanksgiving! - Kathy

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      Vikki 6 years ago from US

      Wonderful ideas here for Thanksgiving Crafts for the kids! Great lens!

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      gods_grace_notes 6 years ago

      Very cute crafts!

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      dessertlover 6 years ago

      These are wonderful craft ideas!! They're all so cute too, and unique. Great lens!

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      lemonsqueezy lm 6 years ago

      Amazing. "Favorited." "Liked." Lensrolled to my "Creating a Thankful Tree" lens. I hope to try one of these activities this year. Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting my Creating a Thankful Tree lens.

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      projectmand 7 years ago

      Wow! a great collection of thanksgiving Kids crafts. Though this is not a holiday in my place I hope will be popular soon.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi, I am back again to let you know that I have featured this at By Kids 4 Kids - A Group of Squidoo Lenses for Kids

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      puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks so much Gretel. Yes, I will be posting more craft articles featuring the best crafts I've made and also those I find online. My next project is upcoming Valentine's day so please check back for that one. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hi there

      I think what you're doing is absolutely cool!!!!!!!!!!! And I'm definitely going to try most, well all of your crafts!! Please post some more!!

      Thanx. God bless! Have a nice day

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      puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree. Thanks for you comment. The sweatshirt/t-shirt takes several steps but is well worth the effort. FUN!

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Oh, I love these crafts! Easy and simple. I'm going to feature it on my Thanksgiving Craft lens. Happy Thanksgiving!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Cool sweatshirt!

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      puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

      @squid-janices7: Yes, I agree that keeping the kids entertained is major. And they will always remember those crafts etc. One year I made a huge batch of sugar cookies (used my lobster, moose and gingerbread men shaped cookie cutters) and also made lots of colored icing. The kids decorated the cookies and they loved it! It kept them busy for quite a while.

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      s09 7 years ago

      hey,nice work.these projects are really good.I liked the turkey shirt most.It is really innovative.Good luck to you and best wishes for thanksgiving day.

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      Alberto-Simmons 7 years ago

      Nice crafts, Kids don't need big gifts, Small effort in making a gift can make them much happier. Like your craft ideas, will try to make one for my kid.

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      squid-janices7 7 years ago

      When you've got a bunch of kids joining in on the Thanksgiving celebration, crafts are a must to keep them entertained. Great 5* lens!

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      What fun! My favorite Thanksgiving crafts in this collection are the stained glass leaves and the hand/foot turkey prints. Lensrolled to my Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids lens ...

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      Delightful crafts for Thanksgiving. I can hardly wait to make these with the kids.

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      Great crafts! Out on the farm does not have a picture of me and my dog. It is in Oregon

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congratulations for being in the top 100. That is super and now I am blessing this wonderful lens.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Nice! Will try doing these crafts with my kids. Good idea for a bonding activity.

      Hope you could visit my lens as well. Thanks

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      eccles1 7 years ago

      Hand and footprints turkeys to add to sweatshirt what a cute idea!!

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      RuthieDenise 7 years ago

      What a lovely lens. I am going to try the feathers headband for my little kiddos at church.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Great crafts here! I have featured this lens as one of two lenses of the month of Nov. on Homeschool Fun - Free Arts and Crafts Resources Also gave it a Squidoo Angel blessing. (you can add the link on my angel lens if you want).

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      Seeking Pearls 7 years ago from Pueblo West

      Wonderful lens... I am craft addict and love finding easy crafts to do with my kids. Lensrolling to my Autumn Fun Crafts for Kids. Love your format and style.

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      Artemus-Gordon 7 years ago

      These look fun. This will be my first Thanksgiving with my step kids and it will be fun to do this with them.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      This is the Best Thanksgiving Kids Crafts Lens. Thanks for your friendship, Paige! This lens is featured on:

      A RocketMoms Thanksgiving Day Feast :)

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      puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

      Have you ever heard that phrase "Blessed beyond measure?" That's how I'm feeling right now. Thank you everyone.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love the turkey with the handprints. I am lensrolling this to my PEEPS Preschool lens because I think the parents and teachers would like to see this one.

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I love that stained glass with crayon one the most but this is a wonderful lens! I have to join the chorus of angel blessings here!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      These are so cute and so easy too! Love the hand and footprint turkey! :)

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      SpellOutloud 7 years ago

      Great examples of crafts. We've done several of these through the yeas. Nice lens!

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      AlisonMeacham 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens. Yet another well deserved Squid Angel Blessing

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      luvmyludwig lm 7 years ago

      This is wonderful! I am going to make that turkey hat.

      *Blessed By A Squid Angel and Greeter*

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      These are absolutely fabulous! I like all of them! I wonder if I could get my children to do that hand/foot turkey for me? Do you think 20 & 24 is too old to make the turkey:) Maybe I will deny them Thanksgiving dinner/Pumpkin Pie until that make one for me.

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      I love the Turkey Treats. How cute. We will add those to our To Make list. Thanks for the ideas.

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Great Thanksgiving ideas! Blessed!

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      thepartyanimal2 7 years ago

      I love all these ideas put together - Great Job - this will no doubt be useful for parents. You have been Blessed by The Party Animal. Party On....