Thanksgiving Children’s Books

I L-O-V-E, love books! More importantly I love sharing my love of books and reading with my boys. Each month I look forward to pulling out that month’s themed book box (you can see how I organized our children’s library here) and enjoying festive stories with my boys. This month we’re reading Thanksgiving Children’s Books!

10 books perfect for Thanksgiving! I love reading with my kids themed books for the holidays! It makes them so much more meaningful and special.

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Little Critter: Just A Special Thanksgiving by Mercer Mayer

My boys adore the Little Critter series! They love finding the hidden frog, spider, or mouse on each page!

Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving by James Dean

I read all of the Pete the Cat books in my own groovy way. I like to think my spin on Pete makes it one of their favorites.

10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston

I think the cover of this one shows what a silly story it is!

Thanksgiving Is For Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland

We all have so much to be thankful for and sometimes it can be hard for all of us to remember that. Especially when tis the season for excess!

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson

What will this crazy old lady swallow next!?!

One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims by B.G. Hennessy

Another one that I add some extra reading flair to!

Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson

Another series my littles have fallen in love with!

Five Silly Turkeys by Salina Yoon

Even though it’s a board book Kell & Ash still enjoy this counting down story. On our copy the feathers are crinkle and the noisier the better around here!

The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgiesh

This is a classic that I love sharing with my boys each year.

Who Will Carve the Turkey This Thanksgiving? by Jerry Pallotta

Ash loves coming up with as many crazy turkey carvers as he can after we read this one.

What Thanksgiving Children’s books will you share with your kiddos this year?

Corn Syrup Paint: Apple Kid’s Craft

I have a new kid’s diy craft supply obsession…. corn syrup paint! It’s SO easy to make and it dries super glossy.

kids craft paint cardboard apple cut outs with corn syrup paint

The other day I surprised my two youngest boys with a fun activity… Cardboard Apples Painted With Corn Syrup Paint! I had everything all laid out and ready to go when I called them upstairs. I love surprising the boys with activities. Their faces light up when they see everything prepared.

corn syrup painted cardboard apples kids craft supplies



  • light corn syrup
  • food coloring
  • cardboard
  • apple template
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • craft sticks
  • q-tips
  • small plastic cups
  • kraft paper or paper sack to protect crafting surface

Painting Cardboard Apples Kids Craft


Start by cutting out the cardboard apples.


make your own corn syrup paint with two easy ingredients

Then pour corn syrup in each small plastic cup.

add drops of food coloring to corn syrup to make glossy paint


Add drops of food coloring.

mixing corn syrup paint with a craft stick


Mix the paint with a craft stick.

green brown and red corn syrup paint


We mixed green, red, and brown corn syrup paint.

Q-Tip painting with corn syrup and food coloring


You’re ready to paint! The corn syrup paint is thick and is best applied by dabbing.

painting cardboard apple stem and leaf with corn syrup paint


Dip the Q-Tip into the corn syrup paint and dab the paint onto the stem and the leaf.

painting cardboard apples with red corn syrup paint


Start dabbing red paint to fill in the apple.

painting cardboard apple with glossy corn syrup paint


Keep dabbing away until the apple is filled in.

fun kids craft painting with corn syrup paint


Since the paint is so thick it takes a while to dry. It’s really tempting to touch the glossy surface but keep those little fingers away and they’ll be thrilled with the glass like surface when it’s completely dry.

kids craft glossy painted cardboard apples


My boys are thrilled with the glossy finish of their Cardboard Apples! I can’t wait to surprise them with another fun corn syrup painting project!