Gobble, Gobble, Gobble

By: Kerri Young

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

In honor of Thanksgiving tomorrow, I thought it would be fun to share a few fun and simple craft ideas the whole family can participate in to celebrate and get in the spirit of thanks! Please feel free to add some ideas in the comments section if you have Thanksgiving traditions or crafts you’d like to share.

Affirmation Place Cards

What you’ll need:

  • Orange or yellow construction paper or cardstock
  • Markers

How to make your Affirmation Place Card:

  1. Take orange or yellow construction paper or card stock and fold a paper for each guest coming to share your Thanksgiving feast in half from top to bottom.
  2. On one side of each paper, write the name of a guest.
  3. Let your kids decorate around the name if you’d like.
  4. When all the guests arrive, take a few minutes before sitting down to eat to allow each guest to write one reason they are thankful for each person on the back of his/her place card.
  5. During your meal have each guest read their cards out loud.

Fingerprint Turkey Place Cards

What you’ll need:

  • Red, orange, yellow and brown paint or stamp pads
  • Black marker
  • Card stock, thick paper, etc.

How to make your Fingerprint Turkey Place Card:

  1. Cut a square piece of paper/cardstock and fold it in half so it stands up.
  2. Have your child make an orange, red and yellow fingerprint all in a row (touching is best).
  3. Add a brown fingerprint in the middle of the colored fingerprints.
  4. Once the paint/ink is dry, use the marker to add the face and a person’s name. 

Thankful Placemats

What you’ll need:

  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper
  • Digital prints
  • Crayons, Markers, etc.
  • Glue
  • Laminating paper

How to make your Thankful Placemats:

It might be too late to do this for tomorrow, but it might work for future Thanksgivings.

  1. Have your kids look for pictures in magazines, pick digital pictures to print from your camera from the past year, or color pictures of all the things for which they are thankful.
  2. After gathering them all together, let them create a collage and glue them on construction paper.
  3. Next, laminate them.
  4. Use them as placemats and great conversation pieces over your meal as your children explain each item.

Old-Fashioned Turkey Hand

What you’ll need:

  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Crayons
  • Black marker

How to make your Old-Fashioned Turkey Hand

Why do something complicated when you can just trace your kiddo’s hands onto paper and turn them into turkeys?

  1. Trace your kids’ hands onto white paper using a pencil.
  2. Have your children use a black marker to write one thing they are thankful for on each finger (or let little ones dictate and you write it for them).
  3. Let them color the palms of their hands brown and then color each finger a different color to make “feathers”.
  4. Make sure to put a name and date on each paper and then display them proudly for all to see.

I found this website with some great ideas for crafts, activities and games. If you have a free moment, go check it out.

Praying you are counting your blessings and having a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Related Article: Five Fun Family Activities to Teach Thankfulness

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