Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving were all the famous American holidays I couldn’t wait to experience as an au pair in New Jersey. I had the Jersey shore close by and New York City just one hour away – both were perfect destinations to spend the American holidays. But what better way to spend American holidays with your American host family?
Some au pairs may be lucky enough to travel with their host family or have the holiday season off. But for most of us (unlucky) au pairs, host kids are bound to be home for the holidays which means countless hours of engaging activity to get them in the holiday spirit! I had two young boys aged 2 and 4 and like any other au pair, I used my initiative to engage them with arts and craft activities.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, there are so many creative activities you can do with your host kids. Take advantage of all the symbolic turkey decorations and make turkey animal shapes out of everything! Be it paper or cake, let your kids be creative with their artwork.
Even though the cold and icy winter is approaching, inspire your kids to go outside on a leaf hunt. Collect leaves with them and make a family tree out of leaves and use each leaf to represent a member of your host family.
From brown paper bag turkeys, Thanksgiving cards to home-made pumpkin pie, you can make so many colorful Thanksgiving decorations for that much anticipated Thanksgiving dinner. Perhaps cook or bake a dish from your home country for the dinner table. The more food, the merrier.
Keep your spirits high as Christmas and New Years approaches us. Don’t forget to be thankful for being an au pair in America this Thanksgiving.