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An Autumn Themed Lunch for Kids

Post by Michelle of Avery and Augustine

An Autumn Themed Lunch for Kids

Ahhhh, fall.  My favorite season.  Creating an Autumn-themed lunch is one of Avery’s favorite things these days—a sandwich with cheese in the shape of autumn leaves, thinly-sliced honeycrisp apples and a little surprise message inside.An Autumn Themed Lunch for Kids

I absolutely adore these hilarious Lunchtime Lol Notes.  They make lunch a little more special and remind Avery that we’re thinking about her.  Avery’s been into learning jokes lately, so these are right up her alley.  It’s so great how there’s some space on each note to personalize it.  I like writing little messages of encouragement, like “Making mistakes means you’re doing a good job of learning!” or “Name three things that you are thankful for today,” or “Do something kind for two classmates today.”  I find that using specific statements or questions rather than general ones is more effective in helping the message resonate with Avery and be more effective.  The message sticks with her and is easier to remember.An Autumn Themed Lunch for Kids

Colorful, sturdy lunch boxes also make school lunches something to look forward to.  If you need any ideas for your own food art adventures, do check out How About Cookie.  Selena’s jovial work always inspires me to make my kids’ meals more fun!

Thanks to The Land of Nod and Sweet Estelle for sending the items for this post.

You can see Michelle’s work and read about her two young children and their first forays in cooking, art and everything in between at Avery and Augustine.

Kids Thanksgiving Themed Free Printable Coloring Page

Nod Fun Pages designed by Michelle Romo

Turkey Day is right around the corner and we’re all excited to get our turkey on! But what do you do with your kiddos when they’re ready to eat and you’re still cooking? Set up a space specifically for your kids – full of activities like interactive games, toys and printable coloring pages. Our new Happy Thanksgiving printable can be downloaded HERE.Make sure to share the finished product on Instagram with hashtag #landofnod. A few of our other favorite kid-friendly Thanksgiving activities are below too.

Kids Thanksgiving Themed Free Printable Coloring Page

Looking for more free printable coloring pages? Check out all our other Nod Printable Coloring Pages!

Michelle Romo is our newest Nod illustrator, she’s a self-taught illustrator and designer fueled by cookies and naps. Her influences include Mid-Century, Japanese and Scandinavian design, along with pretty much anything cute. When she isn’t working she spends her time eating good food, hugging her friends, playing video games and crafting.

Thanksgiving Table DIY Place Card Leaves

Post by M.J. of Pars Caeli
Thanksgiving Table DIY Place Card Leaves
As a child, it was the presents and festivity of Christmas. As a teenager, it transferred to the lovestruck Valentine’s Day. And now, as the hostess and mom of three, Thanksgiving is easily my favorite holiday. Since we were first married, we have been the hosts for the feast! My husband and I share the cooking responsibilities (he’s a master at the turkey, and I serve up a mean cornbread). And our kids always want in on the action, too. This year they’re in charge of setting the table and decorating the feast so we decided to make some special place cards.
Thanksgiving Table DIY Place Card Leaves
Using fall leaves from the backyard, air dry clay, and a gold leaf marker, the kids and I created beautiful place card leaves. These were simple for small hands and got a lot of wows from the rest of the family!
To make yours, roll out white air dry clay. We used a play dough rolling pin to make it easy for everyone to do it themselves. Roll the clay so that it is even and about a quarter of an inch think. Using a leaf with a simple shape (like an elm or sycamore), roll the same clay with the leaf on top. Press as you roll to make sure to get all the veining pressed into the clay. Trim off the excess clay and smooth the edges with your fingers.
Thanksgiving Table DIY Place Card Leaves
Let the clay dry overnight, making sure to turn over the leaves carefully and dry the backside.
Next, take a goldleaf marker and paint the top and side surfaces. We found markers very easy to work with for this projects and fun to use for tracing over the lines on the leaf. The paint will dry almost instantly, and your leaf place card is ready to use!
Thanksgiving Table DIY Place Card Leaves
These are not recommended for food, but they do make a great focal point on your dinner plate or across the center of the Thanksgiving table. The veining comes through beautifully, making these kids creations a timeless family heirloom to bring back out every Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Table DIY Place Card Leaves
M.J. is a graphic and product designer, wife, and proud momma to three. She founded Pars Caeli (meaning a piece of heaven), a delightful blog and shop, to add more creative to the everyday. M.J. worked with our team to bring her lunchbox jokes to life in our product Lunchtime LOL Notes, now available at Land of Nod to bring on a case of the giggles!