To learn more about cranberries we watched Dirty Jobs, the Cranberry Farm episode (Season 3, Episode 11) on netflix, on the recommendation of the Almost Unschoolers blog. We had picked up a bag of fresh cranberries from the store for this week, so I had the kids practice wet harvesting like we saw on the episode using a glass pan and colander.
Next, we talked about why the cranberries floated to the top.
I cut one open and asked the kids if they could see anything on the inside that would make them think that the cranberries would float… after a few guesses, they finally figured out that it was the air pockets that caused them to float.
The kids really enjoyed scooping and playing with the cranberries in the water.
Fine Motor Crannberry Activity
While we had the cranberries out, the kids used a spoon to take one cranberry at a time from the bowl to a bucket. Alexa recalled that it made the same sound that the blueberries made in “Blueberries for Sal.” She filled the entire bucket up!
I printed off several turkey and thanksgiving printables – all of which you can find on my pinterest Thanksgiving board.
Alexa ate it up!! She loves worksheets.
I had some age appropriate ones for each of the older kids.
I wasn’t sure if Alexa could do the color-by-numbers/letters yet, but I think this one was her favorite because she was doing something like Treyton.
Every year we make a thanksgiving tree, normally out of the kids handprints. This year we decided to use our Jesse Tree branches and our cricut to make our leaves.
Then the two older kids divided the leaves between them and we wrote down (Treyton wrote his own, I wrote Alexa’s) the things they wanted to thank God for.
Since we already had the cranberries, we wanted to make our own “secret recipe” just like in our story, so Treyton and I made our very own cranberry sauce, using a few pointers online.
It turned out pretty good.
After we made our sauce, Treyton got pretty creative, and really wanted to try to make his own recipe. He told me he wanted to take a piece of bread, put it in the oven and cover it with our new sauce and bake it. I think it was his attempt at making “cranberry bread”. Which was super creative (and cute). So we did it!!
He was so proud, and Tim did a great job of praising his “work”.
For Thanksgiving we took Treyton’s sauce and put it over cream cheese. It was a huge hit with the family!!
We love painting around here, so of course, the most natural pumpkin activity we could do is to paint them, right?!?
We had Audrey and Peyton (both 20 months) join in with paper painting. It was a fun time for all! Audrey particularly enjoyed eating the paint. Alexa painted her entire pumpkin, while Treyton painted actual scenes. I love seeing their differences come out in their work.
I can’t remember where I found this shape scarecrow, but I did it with Alexa sometime during the week, she loved it!!
It was obviously a pretty relaxed week as we practiced thanking God for His many blessings in our lives and family.
We hope your holiday was just as relaxed!!