The decorations, the lights, the food, the traditions, the family gatherings, and the memories; that’s what the holidays are about. Naturally children want to part of the holiday season and they can be by assigning them some special craft activities that will decorate your home for Thanksgiving.
Let’s face it, kids love to help, especially when it involved some of their favorite activities: coloring, cutting, pasting, and taping. Over the years, I assigned the “task” of decorating a certain area of our house to my three children. For each major holiday, my kids got to decorate the two closet doors in the hallway with their own handmade decorations. Their area was visible to everyone upon entering our home.
So tell your children that their job is to decorate a designated area in your home for Thanksgiving. Kids love showing off their artwork so let them do so. Have them trace their hands and make Turkeys to put up in their area. You may have to help them trace their hand but they can color the Turkey on their own. The thumb is the face of the turkey and they can cut out some feet to glue onto the bottom of their hand turkey.
My kids used to love going out into our yard and finding the biggest leaves they could. Then they would lay the leaves on a flat surface and make a rubbing of the leave. This is done by lightly coloring over a piece of paper on top of the leaf. My kids would then cut out the leaf rubbing and hang it up on the wall.
Another great craft for older kids who know how to write is to make a thankful tree. Cut a tree trunk out of brown construction paper. Make sure that it has branches on it. Then have them cut leaf shapes out of construction paper or use small and lightly colored leaf rubbing prints. On each leaf, have your kids write down what they are thankful for. Be sure to add some leaves of your own and attach all of these to your thankful tree. It’s a great way for children to express what they are thankful for while adding a sentimental decoration to your home.
One year my children wanted pilgrims and other Thanksgiving themed decorations to display in their area. We went online and searched for Thanksgiving Coloring Pages. After printing out the pictures they liked, they colored the coloring pages, cut them out, and hung them in their decorating area. Here are a few links to some great Thanksgiving coloring page sites: PapaJan, Coloring Book Fun, and Parents.com.
If coloring isn’t something your children enjoy, head to your local craft store for more Thanksgiving craft ideas. Craft stores such as Michaels sell fun foam craft kits that are just for kids. The kits are affordable and contain everything a child needs to make a variety of projects including Turkeys, frames, magnets, and even wreaths.
Enjoy making Thanksgiving memories with your children!