Make a Child's Thanksgiving Craft
Edited by Robbi, Lynn, Eng
Thanksgiving is an amazing time of year. This U.S. holiday is all about appreciating what you have, and spending time with the most important people in your life. It is also a time for thinking about preparing for winter and the coming new year, as well as reflecting on what you've done to help those less fortunate than yourself.
Commemorating the time when the Native Americans gave their produce and helped the Pilgrims survive the winter, Thanksgiving is a time to show gratitude to others for your blessings during the year.
It is a joyful holiday, and the perfect time to get your little ones into doing some fun, creative kids crafts. This not only prevents boredom, but also gets them into the holiday spirit when they see their masterpieces around the house.
Also, if you choose the right kids' crafts, it can get your children thinking about the real meaning of the season. This is why the "Thanksgiving Tree" is a wonderful family project that is easy to make, and everyone can benefit from.
Materials That You'll Need:
- Medium or large pot for the tree
- Tree Branch with lots of twigs OR small tree with lots of little branches
- Pebbles, rocks, or marbles
- Potting soil (if using a live tree)
- Paint or stickers
- Card stock OR construction paper
- Hole punch
- String or yarn
Steps to Create the Thanksgiving Craft for Kids
- 1Decorate your pot! This step isn't required by any means, but if you have a plain pot, such as terra cotta, allowing your kids to paint a Thanksgiving scene on it makes the whole project that much more fun.Advertisement
- 2If painting is too messy, consider getting some Thanksgiving stickers and letting your kids use them to decorate the pot.Advertisement
- 3Place something in the bottom of the pot. If you're using a live tree, put down some soil. If you're using a branch, put down a layer of pebbles or marbles.
- 4Put the tree in the pot. If it is live, fill around it with soil, tamp it down firmly, and then top off the pot with pebbles or marbles to keep the soil in place. If you're using a branch, just fill the pot with pebbles or marbles.
- 5Cut the cardstock into leaf-shaped pieces. You can choose the size you like best, but 3x4 inches will provide enough room to write on them.
- 6Punch a hole in one end of each leaf, close to the edge.
- 7Take a few inches of string or yarn and tie it in a loop after threading it through the hole in the leaf. Your leaves are now ready to hang from the tree!
- 8Have everyone in the family write down something they're thankful for on a leaf, and hang it on the tree.
- 9Every time you think of something you're thankful for, write it on a leaf. When family members come over, have them make a leaf. Soon you'll have a tree full of leaves, and this project will remind everyone of just how much they have to be thankful for.
- A live tree is not necessary, since this craft can be done with a bare branch or a fitting decoration - but a live tree can add something to the whole process, especially if you plant the tree come spring.
- If slipping the loops of string over the branches is difficult or could harm the tree, grab some ornament hangers and use them to hook the strings to the branches.