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5 Thanksgiving Crafts That Teach Gratitude

Thanksgiving is nearly here for many, and as we all know, this is a time to do exactly that – give thanks. It may seem simple to most of us, but for kids, it may just be another day to hang out with family and eat some good food.

As we outlined in another blog about teaching gratitude, we must show our children the importance of being thankful and how to express it. To help do just that, we put together some of the fun crafts that are fun to do and encourages children to learn about and express gratitude too.

Thankful Jar

(Source: https://buggyandbuddy.com/thanksgiving-crafts-and-activities-for-kids-thankful-jar/)

This craft idea from Buggy and Buddy is simple, yet fun and effective and can be used again and again as a Thanksgiving tradition. Simply use school glue and a bit of water or liquid starch and pieces of tissue paper. You can tear off random shapes and sizes or older kids may want to cut out specific shapes and designs. Paint a small area with the glue or starch then put the tissue paper on. You can paint over it to ensure it sticks and even layer it up.

Put the jar somewhere accessible with bits of paper and writing utensils to write down what you are thankful for. With the smaller kids, this can be an activity done together. Don’t forget to do your own! On Thanksgiving, you can empty the jar and read through the pieces of paper together.

Thankful ABCs

(Source: http://writtenreality.com/thankful-abcs-printable/)

We love, love, love this idea of Thankful ABCs from Written Reality! It’s a great way to get thinking about what you’re thankful for and to practice sounds/spelling as well. It’s great for kids of all ages too (and no reason why adults can’t do it either). Try to help your child find things they are thankful for that starts with each letter. You can get the printable sheet for free off the Written Reality page.

Thankful for You! Postcards

(Source: https://www.parents.com/holiday/thanksgiving/crafts/adorable-thankful-crafts/?slideId=slide_0c7f7e39-bc01-40d9-a3a6-9fa872efb58a#slide_0c7f7e39-bc01-40d9-a3a6-9fa872efb58a)

Create your own postcards and send them (or hand them out) as a nice surprise to a friend or family member. This idea from Parents is a sweet way of reminding people that they are appreciated! Draw, color, paint, glue shapes – whatever you’d like – to decorate the front of the card, and don’t forget your little message to say you are thankful!

Pumpkin Pie Spinner

(Source: https://www.parents.com/holiday/thanksgiving/crafts/adorable-thankful-crafts/?rb=Y#page=15)

Here’s another crafty idea from Parents for younger kids. Simply have two paper plates and cut around the outer edge of one. On the one that is cut, also cut a triangle to the center (but not all te way to the center as that is where you will put your pin to make it spin!) This piece can be colored orange to resemble pumpkin pie (alternatively you can use a similar color piece of construction or scrapbook paper for this part– whatever you prefer!). Add the words “I’m thankful for” and put this piece on top of the whole paper plat and pin/brad in the middle and make sure it can “spin.” When spun, it should reveal different things you are thankful for.

Gratitude Scavenger Hunt

(Source: https://lets-get-together.com/2014/10/18/gratitude-photo-scavenger-hunt/)

This is an activity we cannot wait to do ourselves! This Gratitude Scavenger Hunt is perfect for taking time out of the day to look for and appreciate all the good things in life, the things we just take for granted although we are grateful for them. This is a wonderful family activity that everyone can get involved in. You can come up with your own or use a free ready-to-print gratitude scavenger hunt guide over at Let’s Get Together.

Show Us Your Crafts!

We would love to see the crafts your kids have put together for this time of year! Be sure to share them with us over on Twitter or Facebook! And if you need even more inspiration, check out our past blog on even more Thanksgiving crafts for kids.


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