Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving can be celebrated all through November! Here are some fun suggestions of crafts and activities you can incorporate into your lessons:

This great book, The Very First Thanksgiving Day, has rich text and pictures that are interesting for all age groups.

My older children have learned from The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh. It personifies 'the pilgrims' in a more personal way.

I also love reading the book Thanks For Thanksgiving to my children. The text is simple but the pictures are so lovely - we enjoy pointing out things happening on each page (which leads us to discover more about what each character in the story is thankful for).

Another great way of helping children to discover the meaning of this holiday is to make a Thankful Tree. This is a fun activity the whole family can participate in, and it can last the whole month of November. You can either create a paper tree to hang on a wall or bulletin board, or secure a branch with several twigs to stand in a decorative pot. Then, have your children make paper leaves (these can be drawn free-hand, stenciled, or a traced hand print) and cut them out. Keep the leaves and a marker by the tree, so each person can write something they are thankful for on a leaf and place it on the tree. The leaves are attached to the tree with tape if it is a paper tree, or hung with ornament hangers if the tree is represented by a stick. This is a fun activity to add to your lessons once a day or once a week until Thanksgiving.

Handprint turkeys are always fun for children! Here is a fun twist on a paper turkey, or you can create this sweet painted turkey.

My children would not want me to forget to mention coloring pages. They LOVE themed coloring pages! Here are some great Thanksgiving ones.

Have a great time teaching your children about Thanksgiving - and thank you for reading our blog!

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