Thanksgiving is not just about the turkey on the table. It can be difficult for moms to help their child fully understand not only the history of this national holiday, but the important meaning behind it. Here are some festive ways to help paint the whole picture of Thanksgiving for your child.
Thankful Trees: (pictured above)
Aside from being a great way to re-use leftover paper towel rolls, these Thankful Trees from motherhoodsmoment.com allow your child an opportunity to independently think of people and things they are most thankful for. Because some time is needed to allow the paint on the tree to dry, this project is a great way to allow reflection and revisit topics discussed during the first portion of the project. Your child can write what they are thankful for on paper leaves, or even pieces of old newspaper. The ground the tree sits on can be another way for your child to show their creativity. Need a Thanksgiving centerpiece? You just found one!
It can be difficult to get a teenager to sit down for family-craft time, but this Gratitude Garland project from KIWI magazine may just be the craft they love. This project requires some elements of nature—so make a day out of it. Explore an area of town you may not be familiar with and gather twigs, pinecones, leaves, and acorns to use on the craft. While on your walk, discuss what you are thankful for or looking forward to this Thanksgiving. Take a selfie or two with your child then display the photos on Thanksgiving. They’ll love it and the photos will be a conversation starter during your holiday meal. The finished garland can be used year-after-year, if stored carefully, and it will be a reminder of both your day and what Thanksgiving is all about.
Does your child know the Mayflower took more than two months to get to America or that it was damaged by a storm halfway through the trip? Turn craft time into a history lesson by sharing fun facts with your child while you make Milk Carton Mayflowers together. (We suggest using recycled-paper straws and nontoxic glue to make it even more eco-friendly!) You can create a “fun fact” reference sheet to use as a guide, then get the imagination going by asking your child, “What would you bring with you if you were on the Mayflower?”
Looking for something different?
- Is it your baby’s first Thanksgiving? Here’s a festive project that you can keep forever.
- Snack-lovers of all ages will love this mini Fruit Turkey.
- Are you anticipating a long meal this year? Download this fun, activity-filled placemat to keep the kids busy after they’ve finished eating.