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Thanksgiving Fun


Thanksgiving Fun

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A Game to Teach Good Manners: To teach her high-spirited daughter to be a better guest at gatherings, Sherill Hatch invented a simple and effective game.

Cranberry-Apple Two-Bite Pies: Tart fruit blended with cinnamon and sugar forms a flavorful filling for these palm-size treats. Serve them as is or give them the full-size pie treatment: topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

Drumstick Hunt: Paper turkey legs play hide-and-seek with Thanksgiving guests in this twist on an Easter tradition.

Green Bean Fries: These crunchy beans coated with Parmesan and panko are as addictively tasty as the french fries that inspired them.

Sweet Potato Patties: Mashed sweet potatoes play the starring role in these savory, panfried cakes.

Keep your kids busy this Thanksgiving with an assortment of activities that they are sure to love. Make easy crafts that can serve as seasonal décor and play exciting themed games. These fun ideas will keep the whole family entertained for hours.

Wing It!: Our turkey-fied twist on a veggie platter just might entice your kids to gobble up a healthy predinner snack.

Download FamilyFun's free Thanksgiving booklet for tons of fun Turkey Day crafts and treats!

Easy Apple Quick Loaf: This versatile bread loves fruit. Apples, cranberries, pears -- they all work beautifully here, as demonstrated by our two variations: Pear Streusel and Cranberry-Orange. Serve slices with yogurt for breakfast, tuck them into lunch boxes, or set them out as an after-school snack.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake: Buttery, moist, and utterly scrumptious, this decadent dessert wins new fans whenever it's served. And it's a cake big enough to feed the crowd at your next tailgate party or potluck, or to slice up and freeze for later. Pick your favorite: the apple version or our Any Berry or Pear Cardamom variations.

Sweet Skillet Pie: Easier to prepare than a traditional fruit pie, this rustic one-dish take on a fall classic dispenses with a bottom crust in favor of a single, golden, flaky top. (Don't have an oven-safe skillet? A casserole will also work.) Fill your pie with apples and pears, or try our Maple-Pecan and Apple-Date variations.

Autumn Fruit Crisp: A cinch to prepare even when you're pressed for time, fruit crisps top our list of cook-friendly desserts. Our apple version calls for a splash of cream, which adds a wonderful silkiness to the filling. For more surprises, try the Gingered Pear variation or our Oatmeal--Wheat Germ Topping.

The Fruits of Fall: Crisp apples. Fragrant pears. Tart cranberries. Fall's fruits arrive in abundance and just in time for the holiday baking season. To keep up, you're going to need options, and we've got them here. What's more, these recipes for coffee cake, skillet pie, quick loaf, and crisp each come with two easy variations so you can swap in the fruit you prefer (or the one that's overflowing your fruit bowl). Fair warning: taste one, and you just may have to make them all.

Tabletop Trees: Bring the outside in by planting a deciduous forest (with real leaves!) right on your dining room table.

Cone of Plenty: This miniature cornucopia is overflowing with healthy goodies and a harvest of surprisingly simple-to-make sculpted candy.

Clever Fox: Add whimsy to a traditional Thanksgiving dessert with this cute-as-pie idea.

Personal Potpies: Transform surplus stuffing, side dishes, and other Turkey Day leftovers into muffin-size morsels that can be customized to suit individual tastes.

Gobbler Place Cards: Sweeten up your table with these turkey pals, quickly and cleverly constructed from cupcake liners.

Coloring-Book Tablecloth: Turn the Thanksgiving table into a giant art canvas to get kids -- and grown-ups -- happily doodling. Cans from the dinner preparations, cleaned and dried, make handy holders for crayons and colored pencils.

Adorable Acorns: Launch this project with a collecting expedition (no oak trees in your neck of the woods? Order acorn caps at acorno.com), then craft a bunch of these cuties as table decorations.

Adorable Acorns: Launch this project with a collecting expedition (no oak trees in your neck of the woods? Order acorn caps at acorno.com), then craft a bunch of these cuties as napkin ties.

Glimmering Gratitude Mobile: With disks that catch the sun and spin in the slightest breeze, this project looks so pretty hanging near the table. Plus, its message -- take time to count your blessings -- is powerful.

Itsy-Bitsy Piligrim Hat: Be sure to grab some pics of everyone in the family modeling this petite topper.

Gourd-geous Photo Display: Dig up interesting family snapshots to create this sweet conversation starter. For added cheer, ask guests to use the photos' flip sides to jot down a few words -- any funny or fond memory about the depicted event or person.