The Leaves have Fallen in JumpStart!

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Fall Inspirations for Your Home

Photo by Martin Cathrae, ©2009 Some rights reserved. Licensed by Creative Commons Public Works License

Photo by Martin Cathrae, ©2009 Some rights reserved. Licensed by Creative Commons Public Works License

Something about home decorations help make the holidays feel complete– that is, in addition to quality time spent with the family! We gave you recommendations for getting your home in the Halloween spirit and we’re back with some more ideas for Thanksgiving decorations! As you’re taking down jack-o-lanterns, ghoulish ghosts and the rest of your Halloween decorations, switch them out with some of these fall favorites.

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Spooky Threadz, Petz and Ridez for Halloween!

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Hey, Jumpeez! Hopefully you’ve been enjoying the Halloween decorations all around JumpStart and have made your way through the Mummy Maze a time or two. Did you know that there are also ghoulishly delightful Threadz, Petz and Ridez as well? Continue reading to learn more about our frightfully fun offerings!

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End of Thanksgiving Month in JumpStart

We hope you had a cozy and heartwarming Thanksgiving with your family yesterday! JumpStart has extended all the amazing Thanksgiving-themed features for just a few more days, so be sure to check it out before it ends!

Scavenger Hunt – hidden pieces of Thanksgiving icons are scattered around JumpStart, so be sure to find all the missing pieces before time runs out for a special prize!

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt

Turkey Chase – these adorable poultries are not going to be around forever! Don’t miss out on a chance to tease the turkeys!

FunZones – the Mayflower is about to set sail for a new destination, and limited-time special entrances to Garden Defense and Shipwreck Lagoon are about to disappear. Check out these fun-filled FunZones before it disappears from JumpStart!

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Petz, Ridez, and Threadz – the fashionable Native American and Pilgrim outfits can be reused for costume parties you have in your neighborhood. Special themed Ridez and Petz are here for a limited-time, so don’t forget to pick one up.

Soon, all the Thanksgiving-themed features will be replaced by winter specials! Be on the look out for this chilly-fun update, just in time for yet another holiday!

Happy Thanksgiving from JumpStart!

Thanksgiving means many different things to families across the country. How will you be celebrating this historic American holiday? Whether you are enjoying a feast with your family or embarking on other festive traditions, you won’t want to miss out on all the amazing seasonal specials that Frankie and friends have incorporated into JumpStart for the season.plugin-container 2013-11-27 10-33-48-05

When you’ve got the time, don’t forget to celebrate with your in-world friends or find the perfect JumpStart holiday features and resources to enjoy with your family. From worksheets to crafts and everything in between, let us know how you are giving thanks during this time of year!

Thanksgiving History and Traditions

How are you celebrating Thanksgiving, this year? Beyond the usual, feast and family reunions, try sharing a few special historical facts and popular fall holiday traditions with your kid. You might find that there is a ton for your kids to learn when it comes to giving thanks and observing this annual American holiday!

Photo by Steven Depolo

Photo by Steven Depolo

History

Throughout history, Native American tribes have held ceremonies to pay their gratitude for successful harvests through the season. And, similarly, the English people who comprised the settlement at Plymouth   ha much to rejoice over when they began settling into the New World. When these Pilgrims first arrived to the New World, they brought new traditions and practices to the modern American Thanksgiving story.

Traditions

Gathering

This is the day when family takes the spotlight, where more than 50 million people travels across the states in America on the road or through the sky to visit their families. Family reunites to share an appreciation for the meaningful and comforting ties with their loved ones.

Food

A family reunion is not complete with a feast! The classic menu items for this particularly holiday include turkey, pumpkin pie, cranberry, and root vegetables, which are all based on New England fall harvests. However, as the tradition spreads, people look for local items that are both more accessible and suitable for local’s taste.

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Photo by tinyfroglet

Wishbone

As you and your family gobble up your delicious meal, you will find that a forked bone, located at the base of the neck of your turkey is visually and physically present. This is the wishbone. In the past, Europeans believed that the wishbone could predict the weather. Nowadays, people believed that if you compete with another person in a game of tug-o-war, whoever breaks off a larger section of the bone is granted a wish.

Volunteer

Giving back to the community is the most meaningful way to express your gratitude and appreciation for the blessings you are given throughout this year. Help a local church or homeless shelter to provide a bit of warmth and comfort for the less unfortunate.

Apart from all the life-long lessons you can teach your kid during this holiday season, be sure to also have lots of fun and enjoy the annual celebration!

Thanksgiving Traditions: Telling your Family’s Tale

Thanksgiving is a time of year for family, friends, and delicious foods. How do you and your loved ones mark this annual holiday? Traditions vary across the nation, making each family’s festive feast unique and special. This year, take the time to teach your kids the importance of family, by telling your family’s Thanksgiving tale and sharing your favorite Thanksgiving traditions. Make the fall holiday experience more memorable for your little learners by creating a Thanksgiving themed story telling activity for them to complete!

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To turn your Thanksgiving gathering into an opportunity for interactive learning, here is a fun story telling activity that you can use as the starting point for your activity! Just have your little learners fill in each of the blanks to start telling their holiday tale –

Today, my family celebrated Thanksgiving at ______________ (Noun). I was so excited to see ______________ (Noun). We ate all kinds of _______________ (Adjective) foods. I sat next to __________ (Noun) and ______________ (Noun). We talked about _____________ (Noun). Everyone had a _____________ (Adjective) time, while we were together. When we weren’t eating, we _________________ (Verb) and _____________ (Verb). It was ___________ (Adjective)! I’m so ____________ (Adverb) to do it all over again, next year.

Use this quick and easy template or create a unique take of your own to try out!