When November rolls around, many families take the opportunity to show appreciation for what they’re grateful for in their lives, more than they do throughout the rest of the year. We love this focus on being thankful, especially when parents involve children in the activities. Today we’re sharing several “thankful activities” that you can use in your home with your kids and use to start conversations around appreciating all that you have.
- Thankful Turkey or Thankful Tree. Both easy ideas that can involve as much or as little craftiness as you like. For the Thankful Turkey, create a turkey and on each of the turkey’s feathers, write something different that you’re thankful for. The turkey can be created using simply your hand, or get fancy with felt, pinecones as the body, construction paper and so on. The Thankful Tree is the same idea, only write the thankful thoughts on different colored fall leaves.
- Thanksgiving Leaf Garland is a beautiful way to decorate your home for fall, while showing off what you’re grateful for this season. Hang/glue real leaves on a piece of ribbon or a stick from outside, and write what you’re thankful for on each leaf along with pretty designs.
- Thankful Placecards. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner, create unique placeholders for each guest at your table featuring why you’re thankful to have him or her in your life. Stelie Designs has cute free fall place cards you can print and write in each person’s name and a short sentence. Encourage your children to help think about why each person is special and why your family is lucky to know them.
- A “Grateful” Frame. Another easy craft that parents and children can work together on. The basic idea is a cute, decorated frame with the words “I’m Thankful For…” across the top. Then on the glass part inside picture frame you can use a dry-erase marker to change what you’re thankful for each day. Check out how Mom Endeavors did theirs. Be sure to incorporate your child’s opinion, even if they’re thankful for silly things!
- Pumpkin of Thankfulness. These cute pumpkins made of orange paper strips would be an adorable centerpiece or mantel decoration for your home, while showcasing what each person is thinking of this season. Simple instructions and photos here.
No matter how you choose to express it, there is no wrong way to showcase how thankful you are this season. How do you encourage your children to show what they are thankful for?
Turkey image courtesy Pumpkins and Posies.