Thanksgiving is great time to spend some quality time with the kids, and make some fun arts and crafts. The kids are happy to be off of school for Thanksgiving break, and you are at home too. So why not, get them involved in the Thanksgiving decorating process, and encourage their creativity. Teach them about Thanksgiving, and what it really means. Here are a few Eco-friendly ideas to get you started.
The great thing about these “green” Thanksgiving projects, is that most of the items being used are recycled, which usually means two things; you typically have them at home already, and they are free. The best part is you are doing mother nature a favor going green this Thanksgiving, and giving these items a second life.
Celebrate Thanksgiving this year by giving Thanks, to those around you and to the environment.
“My Hand” Decorative Turkeys
Super-fun project, made with mostly household goods. Use the pine cones from the yard, or use the leftover gourds from your Halloween décor. These are really cute decorations for your table, and are great to keep as a memento of your child. Their hands won’t be this small forever.
You will need:
Pine cones or small gourds
Glue gun or tacky glue
1. First, start by having your child trace their hands, onto different colors of construction paper.
2. Cut out the “hand shapes”.
3. Squeeze a fair amount of glue onto one end of the pine cone or gourd, and attach the cut-outs of your child hand, one at a time. Stagger them so that some are taller than the others, for the “feather” effect.
4. Have your child cut out, a paper beak and feet, and glue them on.
5. Glue on wiggly eyes.
6. Allow your turkey to dry.
Little Turkeys Tablecloth
Fun, way to decorate the dining table. This year instead of putting out a fancy table cloth, let the kids decorate for you. It is a fun way to get them involved, and will help you out with decorations. And it will keep them busy while you are cooking.
You will need:
White cotton tablecloth
1. Put the table cloth out on the table.
2. Give the kids markers, and let them make a magnificent work of art. Have them draw; turkeys, pilgrims, trace their hands, write things they are thankful for, etc.
3.After use, throw it in the wash, and reuse it again next year.
Turkey Day Place Cards
Fun project for the kids and a cute addition to the table cloth. Plus it will help you out with the decorations, and keep seating arrangements organized.
You will need:
Index cards or cardboard from cereal box
Stickers, leaves, glitter, beads, paper, etc. (optional)
1. Fold the index cards in half, so they will sit on the table, like an upside-down “V”. If you are using cardboard from a cereal box, cut pieces similar to an index card.
2. Paint them a festive color, and allow them to dry.
3. Add the name with paint or markers.
4. Finish decorating with paint, leaves, stickers, glitter, beads, construction paper, tissue paper, etc.
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