Disney Themed Crafts - Making Mickey Checkers as inspired by Spoonful.comGetting ready for Thanksgiving Day!  One of my favorite things is just spending time together.

I wanted to find some  activities that Little Man and I could do together so I headed off to Spoonful.com.   If you have not visited Spoonful.com yet, it is a one-stop shop filled with thousands of inspired ideas that can bring a little magic into everyday family life.

There are some really cute items but I what actually caught my eye was the Mickey Checkers.   This would be something Little Man and I could create together and then something the entire family could play with on Thanksgiving Day.  It was a win-win.

But I didn’t just want to print it out and cut, I wanted more of a project so I starting making some changes that make the checkers more durable and the set longer lasting.

Red: Bruce chooses the topic.

Use a game board you already have.  Luckily we had a Disney chess set that was perfect.  But feel free to be creative.

Use wooden disks instead of the paper printable.

  • Your local hobby store should have 1 1/8″ wood disks that are perfect for checkers.
  • Spray paint the disks in contrasting colors.  There are no rules here so go wild.  Also, this is a fun opportunity to let your child paint and get messy.  They LOVE it.

Create your own decorations for the pieces.

  • Again, creativity is encouraged here.  Let your kids just have fun.  We used a Cricut{affiliate link} machine and the Mickey and Friends Cartridge {affiliate link} to make Mickey Heads in Black and Pink.  Black for Mickey and Pink for Minnie.   And we used our favorite tool of all, the Xyron sticker maker {affiliate link} to adhere the decoration.

This was a quick and easy project that was a lot of fun to do with Little Man.  He loved checking to see if the paint was dry!!  Now I have to say I have not figured out HIS rules for the game but he sure loves the fact he made it.

Red: Bruce chooses the topic.

So hopefully you will find some time to bond with your kids over a craft, a game, or some cooking this Thanksgiving.  Our time with them is so limited – take advantage of it!

If you need any other ideas, here are a few that stood out.  (all courtesy of Spoonful.com)

Thanksgiving Activities from Spoonful: Crafts, Printables, and Recipes

  1. Mickey’s Pumpkin Whoopie Pies: This fall, whip up a snack that will have Mickey fans whooping it up — frosting-filled pumpkin whoopie pies shaped just like the Mouse.
  2. Mickey & Minnie Thanksgiving Day Cup Labels: Let Mickey and Minnie lend a hand in organizing your Thanksgiving feast with these cup labels.
  3. Mickey Mouse Thanksgiving Napkin Rings: Kids can easily help get these cute rings ready for the Thanksgiving table — and they may even be inspired to use their napkin over their shirt sleeve at dinner this year.
  4. Sally’s Thanksgiving Cone-ucopiasCars fans will race to the table when they spot these bright orange holiday favors. Designed to resemble Sally Carrera’s Cozy Cone Motel units, the paper cones are filled with after dinner treats and trinkets. Just poke through the foil bottom to spill the goods.
  5. 5 Chic Pumpkins (with a touch of Disney magic): These pumpkins are subtle enough to look quite chic artfully arranged on any Thanksgiving table.
  6. Butternut Pluto: On this holiday meant to give thanks for everything you’re grateful for, don’t forget man’s — or mouse’s — best friend. Modeled after Mickey’s pet, this pilgrimized Pluto is sure to charm your young Thanksgiving diners.
  7. Mickey’s Apple Cider Donuts: Ready to add a little whimsy to your autumn fare? Turn a batch of homemade cider donuts into chocolate-dipped Mickey Mouse treats. Because the donuts are baked instead of fried, there’s no hot oil involved, making this a great recipe for kids to help prepare. They’ll also get a kick out of glazing the “faces” and “ears.
  8. Donald’s Duck Feet Trivet: Here’s a whimsical felt trivet that’s bound to “quack” up the kids’ table crowd for any party. Fashioned after Donald Duck’s bright orange feet, it looks especially good tucked under a white serving bowl or dish.

Hope you enjoyed our adventure making Mickey Checkers and may have been inspired to try it or one of the many other ideas over at Spoonful.

Just remember it is the memories that count!!

Mary Signature

Photos and Content courtesy of Spoonful.com