Thanksgiving is just around the corner and what better time than now to teach our kids what the holiday is truly about? Even as adults, it can be easy to lose sight of the reason behind the season and to think that it’s all about a perfectly done turkey, scrumptious stuffing and pumpkin pie. There is no denying that it is a favorite holiday for our taste buds, but there is of course much more to it, and why not remember this lesson with our kids in a fun-filled, crafty way that they can enjoy?
Gather your kids, some colorful paper, string, scissors and tape. While cutting out different colors and shapes of leaves, talk to your kids about having an attitude of gratitude! Ask them to think about all of the things that they are so lucky to have. Depending on their ages, it may be helpful to give examples that they can relate to easily. Tell them some things you’re thankful for – daddy, the playground, ice cream – and they will get excited to list all of the things that they love!
Once you’ve cut enough leaves, have children write something they’re thankful for on each leaf. Tape the leaves to your string (fishing line is a good option as well since it is clear and strong) and hang them from the ceiling. Having one long string for each family member is a great way to get the whole family involved. It also makes a powerful visual statement about all your family has to be thankful for!
Your kids will be proud to show their friends and family what they have created. The best part of this simple craft project is that every time your kids walk by their artwork, they’ll get a reminder of what Thanksgiving is truly about and how much they have to be thankful for.
Here at Handstand Kids, our thankful leaves are filled with your names! Thank you for being a fan and have a Happy Thanksgiving!