Last month, I began a new series, giving you simple and inexpensive play ideas for every day of the month. You asked for me to keep these posts coming every month, and so here are 30 fresh new play ideas for the month of November! Plus, since the season of Thanksgiving is upon us, check out these Thanksgiving traditions.
1. Play balloon tennis. Tape a paper plate to a paint stick for the tennis racket, and use a balloon as the tennis ball.
2. Build a town out of cardboard boxes. Cut holes for doors and windows, decorate the “buildings” with construction paper, crayons, glitter, or whatever else you have on hand, and use small toys and figures to occupy your town.
3. Pretend play detectives. Create clues for the kids to follow and see if they can solve the mystery!
4. Play traditional birthday party games even if it’s nobody’s birthday. Try these ideas.
5. Watch a Thanksgiving movie together after the big dinner. Here is a list to choose from.
6. Act out a children’s book, like We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.
7. Do karaoke.
8. Set up a science lab with beakers, test tubes, water, color tablets, and measuring spoons.
9. Visit a pumpkin patch.
10. Make a pumpkin pie together with the pumpkin you picked at the patch.
11. Do a Diet Coke and Mentos explosion for some fun outdoor science.
12. Paint each other’s faces with face paint.
13. Make a homemade corn pit. Fill a small baby pool with two 50-pound bags of corn from the local feed store. Add shovels and buckets.
14. Visit a local planetarium or science center.
15. Grab binoculars and go bird watching.
16. Play video games together.
17. Make a Thanksgiving craft. Here are plenty to choose from.
18. Blow up balloons with glow sticks inside and hang them from the bedroom ceiling for delightful nightlights.
19. Make homemade ice cream together. Here’s how.
20. Play I Spy.
21. Peel the paper off broken crayons and melt them in flexible shaped trays, like this.
22. Freeze small toys in a muffin tin and throw the iced toys in the bath. The kids will enjoy watching them melt to reveal the toy.
23. Work a puzzle together.
24. Go on a hayride.
25. Make pet rocks, rock people, and even a whole rock village.
26. Make a treasure map and go on a treasure hunt.
27. Visit a local corn maze.
28. Gather all the stuffed animals and set up a pretend veterinarian’s office, or for educational fun, sort them by habitat.
29. Make a beanbag toss game:
- Cut out squares of felt.
- Hot glue 2 squares together on 3 edges, leaving a pocket opening.
- Fill with beans, and hot glue the last side shut.
- Cut out a hole in sturdy cardboard for the target, or just toss them into a basket or bowl.
- Pull the couch cushions on the floor.
- All players must jump from cushion to cushion.
- Be careful not to step on the floor. It’s hot!
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