The first project is a snack for the guest to take home with them.
Harvest Blessing Snack Mix
Materials: Bugles Brand Corn Snacks, Pretzels, Candy corn and/or Corn Nuts Brand Snack, Dried or Candy Fruits, Peanuts and/or Sunflower Seeds, computer, Card stock, Stapler, clip art, scissors, Raffia bow and zip lock sandwich bags.
"I made little bags of this Blessing Mix and on top of the bag and print out a cute little Thanksgiving turkey and the explanation of the Blessing Mix on cardstock. Then stapled it to the top of the bag and tied a cute raffia bow in fall colors to that... Everyone loved it and it makes a nice little treat for the neighbors too!"
Use even amounts of all the ingredients listed above or mix and match as you like. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together. You can make this mix as a family and eat while discussing each ingredient and how it relates to Thanksgiving.
If this is for a gift Make a card with these descriptions:
Each ingredient in this snack mix symbolizes something associated with the Harvest Season (Thanksgiving)
Bugles Brand Corn Snacks - represents a cornucopia, a horn of plenty.
Pretzels - represents arms folded in thanks and prayer.
Candy Corn and/or Corn Nuts Brand Snack - during the first Winter, the pilgrims were each allotted only 5 kernels of corn per day because food was so scarce.
Dried or Candy Fruits - Thanksgiving is the celebration of the harvest.
Peanuts and/or Sunflower Seeds - seeds represent the potential of a bounteous harvest for the next season if they are planted and well tended.
Materials: Pinecone 3-4 each, foam leaves in orange, red, yellow, green and tan, Tan “bump” chenille stem cut in half (head), Brown “bump” chenille stem (wings), craft or white glue
Place all pinecones on a foil lined baking sheet and cook for 45 minutes at 200 degrees F. This process will kill any insects or spider mites that may have been living in them. Lay pinecone on its side and drip some glue into the bottom layer, then insert foam leaves into the glue. Repeat this process for 2-4 layers, depending on the size of your pinecone.
Put some glue close to the front of the pinecone, and then stretch the brown bump chenille stem so that it is straight. Center it over the top of the pinecone and insert it into the glue so that “arms” are sticking out both sides. Bend the ends of the stem so that they look like wings.
Insert the tan bump chenille stem in front or in the same slot as the brown stem. Bend the end of the tan stem to look like a head.
If your pinecone is too wobbly, you may choose to hot glue it to a piece of cardboard for stability or can also tie a string around the body and hang it from the ceiling. I like the idea of using it as a centerpiece.
Indian Corn Wall Hanging
Materials: 3 toilet paper rolls (or other paper tubes cut down to size), Orange, yellow and brown paint, Paint brush, Yellow tissue paper, and Twine or string
We used paint to make our corn kernels, you can use other materials to make the corn: Small balls of colored paper glued on; or, if you don't have time to wait for paint to dry you could use markers to draw on the kernels.
Put dots of brown, orange and yellow paint over at least one half of the paper tube. You can use a paint brush to dab on the colors; toddlers and preschoolers may find it easier to use their finger tips - it doesn't matter if the colors mix!
Once the paint is dry wrap your paper tube corn in the yellow tissue paper leaving some of the corn exposed. We folded our tissue paper in half to give it lots of husk at the top.
Gather your tissue paper at the top and tie it with a piece of twine or string. If you need to trim the tissue paper if it's too long.
Once you have made 3 of these corn (or more) turn them all over and thread string through the ties of each corn. Make a knot to secure and now you can hang your Indian Corn!