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November Bucket List – 52 Great Ways to Enjoy This Month

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November abounds with opportunities to practice gratitude, gather with loved ones, embrace coziness, enjoy good food, and more.

Here’s a November bucket list to offer you and your loved ones fun ways to connect and make memories this month. Enjoy!

November Bucket List – Thanksgiving Ideas

  1. Make Thanksgiving placemats.
  2. Have your child make some Thanksgiving art to hang on your front door or in your window – see #3 for some ideas.
  3. Draw Thanksgiving pictures together. For school-aged kids, a “Happy Thanksgiving” message, turkey, or cornucopia would all be fun options. If you have a preschooler, here’s how to draw a simple turkey using shapes.
  4. Make a turkey suncatcher or hang some Thanksgiving-themed window clings (make them if you’re feeling up for a project, buy them if not so much).
  5. Read Thanksgiving picture books.
  6. Share Thanksgiving jokes. For fun throughout the month, you could print out one joke for each day leading up to Thanksgiving and make it a morning/dinnertime ritual.
  7. Print out some Thanksgiving activity sheets for your kiddos.
  8. Host a Friendsgiving celebration.
  9. When you come across a Thanksgiving recipe that’s a keeper, print it out and add it to a holiday recipe binder.
  10. Place three beans next to each plate at the Thanksgiving table. Go around the table and have each person drop their beans into a jar as they name three things they’re thankful for.
  11. Watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.
  12. Sign the whole family up for a turkey trot 5k.
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November Bucket List – Special Day Ideas

  1. Learn about and celebrate Dia de los Muertos on November 1st.
  2. Take your kids with you to the polls when you vote on November 7th.
  3. Thrill your kids with a drive-thru dinner on November 9th, National Fast Food Day.
  4. Enjoy store-bought or homemade vanilla cupcakes on November 10th, National Vanilla Cupcake Day.
  5. Learn about Veterans Day and light a candle in honor of veterans on November 11th.
  6. Carry out some good deeds on November 13th, World Kindness Day.
  7. Have fun with tongue twisters on November 14th, International Tongue Twister Day.
  8. Eat baklava for dessert on November 17th, National Baklava Day.
  9. Go directly to jail and do not pass go on November 19th, National Play Monopoly Day.
  10. Give your kiddo a “Yes Day” to celebrate National Child’s Day, November 20th.
  11. Get a jumpstart on Christmas baking on November 21st, National Gingerbread Cookie Day.
  12. Interview a family member — make sure to record the conversation! — using tried-and-true questions from Storycorps on November 25th, National Day of Listening.
  13. Snag some deals on November 25th, Black Friday, and November 26th, Small Business Saturday.
  14. Whip up some French toast on November 28th, National French Toast Day.
  15. Learn about a cause and give money to a charitable organization on November 29th, Giving Tuesday.
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November Bucket List – Anytime Ideas

  1. Put up a bird feeder to nourish our feathered friends in the cold months to come. Get a bird identification guide and track what birds come to your feeder. Making your own simple birdfeeders is a fun project on a chilly day.
  2. Have a bonfire.
  3. Go on a November scavenger hunt.
  4. Read The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking and bring some hygge into your home.
  5. Watch a football game as a family (if, like me, you’re not a big football fan, bring in some bingo cards to make it more fun!).
  6. Host a pie party – have each guest bring a pie. You provide the whipped cream, ice cream, and drinks.
  7. Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with some great picture books.
  8. Read picture books about voting and elections.
  9. Make a fall simmer pot to fill your house with a blissful seasonal aroma.
  10. Feature a quote about gratitude or fall on a letter board.
  11. Make fall-scented playdough.
  12. Read the picture book In November by Cynthia Rylant.
  13. De-clutter your living spaces to get ready for more indoor time.
  14. Light candles in warm seasonal scents.
  15. Add a small lamp or decorative lighting to create a cozy, inviting glow.
  16. Make a gratitude tree or, for a simpler alternative, a gratitude wall. If you host Thanksgiving, invite your guests to add to it during the day.
  17. Send gratitude postcards. Using blank postcards with drawings made by your kiddo adds a special touch.
  18. Read gratitude-themed picture books.
  19. Make caramel apples or an apple pie.
  20. Drink apple cider.
  21. Enjoy some pumpkin pie (or pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, or pumpkin pancakes).
  22. Make a big batch of soup. Share with a friend or freeze in individual portions to enjoy in the coming weeks/months.

November Bucket List – After Thanksgiving Ideas

  1. Take down all the fall decor and get out those Christmas bins!
  2. Put up your Christmas tree.
  3. Sit down as a family to make your December bucket list.

Happy November, everyone!

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