Team Demas Orthodontics November 2017

3 Family Activities for Thanksgiving

Unless you have a child auditioning for “MasterChef Junior,” you’re probably not going to let the little ones cook the turkey this Thanksgiving. Just because the kitchen might be off limits, though, doesn’t mean you can’t find a few creative ways to make the holiday extra special for your kids. Spice upThanksgiving with these fun, family-friendly activities. Coloring-Book Tablecloths If you have a big family, you are probably familiar with the Thanksgiving tradition of the kids’ table. It may be smaller than the grown-ups' seating arrangement, but it doesn’t have to be any less special. Turn your kids’ table into a canvas for a colorful, creative dining experience. To do this, use craft or art paper to cover the table. Tape everything down tightly and provide crayons and colored pencils for every place setting. If you want to add some extra holiday spirit, put the drawing supplies in

Grab some colored paper circles — or cut them out — and have your children write down things that they are thankful for. A silver Sharpie is great for this. Punch holes in the tops of the circles and run string through them. Tie the other end of the string to a coat hanger or embroidery hoop and hang it from the ceiling. Stuff the Turkey Game Want to get the kids outside so you can get to work in the kitchen? Create a Thanksgiving-themed game for them to play outside while you prep the stuffing and put the turkey in the oven.

To create a holiday-themed “Stuff the Turkey” game, all you need is a few paper bags. We’ll bet you have some left over from shopping. Use two small bags stuffed with scrap paper to create legs and glue them to a larger bag folded to look like the body of a turkey. Now that you have your

empty cranberry sauce and pumpkin cans. Gratitude Mobiles

turkey, you need some balls to stuff it with. Anything soft and baseball-sized will work, even some balled-up paper. Kids will take turns trying to toss the balls into the turkey, scoring points for every shot made.

Of course, Thanksgiving isn’t just about delicious food. It’s also about reflecting on the parts of our lives we are grateful for. Teaching kids about gratitude is the most valuable Thanksgiving lesson. Bring that concept to life with a gratitude mobile.


Kelly is one of our orthodontic assistants. While she is newer to Connecticut, she has been helping patients with their smiles for over 10 years. She moved to Connecticut after living in Los Angeles for 15 years. Kelly has always loved working with people, especially kids. In fact, she has an early-childhood education certificate. After beginning her work in that field, she found she wanted a change when she started her family. She liked going to her dentist, so she went back to school for dental assisting and became a Registered Dental Assistant. But her favorite work is orthodontics, as it is truly life changing for patients to get the smile they desire. She loves the experiences shared with patients. For adults, the successes can go beyond just straight teeth. Kelly worked with one 25-year-old adult who had a thumb habit and severe bite alignment concerns. A year after she was done with treatment, she came in for a routine visit. Her thumb habit was broken and her smile was perfect. She was radiant, because the confidence she gained after breaking a longstanding habit and achieving a great smile was priceless. Kelly and her husband, Ray, have a young daughter and a son. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, and spending time with family. She is also a member of the Hartford Portuguese Club, and her goal is to be on the board.

“I love being in the orthodontic field as it allows me to help provide patients with the smile they deserve.”

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