Go For a Ride Day

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In the category of holidays you never knew exited, it turns out that November 22 is Go For a Ride Day, with the idea simply to get people away from screens and out and about.

If you’re at all like our family, coronavirus means your year has simultaneously meant more screens (hello, Zoom!), and more time out and about. Getting out of the house has saved our sanity, whether walking local trails, riding bikes, or going for a long drive.

So in the spirit of the day, we just made sure to get outside! Our ride of choice was a bike (for Travis) and a scooter (for little sister Veronika).

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We didn’t go far, but we got our fresh air and our exercise.

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Where would you head to on Go for a Ride Day? Please share in the comments!

Thanksgiving Turkey

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If a painted handprint turkey is too messy or squirmy an ordeal with your toddler, consider a traced outline of a hand instead this Thanksgiving! This turkey was particularly fun for Veronika to decorate because it doubles as sensory play.

First, I placed her hand flat against a paper plate and traced with pencil. Don’t worry if your outline is wobbly or missing in places; you can always fill in the gaps with an approximation.

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After the outline was traced, we colored in the turkey with brown crayon, and then decorated with materials from our craft bin. Veronika loved gluing down dried beans…

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…plus pouring extra beans from cup to cup for a while!

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Meanwhile, I added a few brightly colored beads on each “feather” and drew a beak and wattle as the finishing touch.

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For fun, I traced my own hand for us to decorate as well. Now we had a mommy turkey and a baby turkey!

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