With Christmas decorations taking over stores, catalogs clogging our mailboxes and wish lists being drafted, it’s easy to rush through Thanksgiving without pausing to reflect on everything we’re thankful for.
We’re as eager as anyone to put up Christmas decorations and hum favorite carols, but to have a day dedicated to giving thanks and sharing food with friends and family is a celebration not to be overlooked.
Here are a couple of fun “crafty” ways to help kids (and us parents!) remember to give thanks.
Jar of Thanks
Suggested supplies: empty jar or container, ribbon, stickers, hole punch, pens, colorful printer paper.
- Type the words “Today I am thankful for….” multiple times on one page. Leave a room for the sentence to be finished with a pen.
- Print on colorful paper and then cut out the strips to be finished with a pen.
- Decorate the jar with stickers you have around the house.
- Label the jar “Our Jar of Thanks.”
- Hole punch the slips of paper and use the ribbon to tie them to the top of the jar.
- Set the jar on the kitchen counter with pens nearby and invite family members to write what they are thankful for and slip it into the jar.
- Read the slips of paper on Thanksgiving. For extra fun, try to guess who wrote what!
Suggested supplies: scissors, glue, black marker, paper plate, empty Shamrock Farms milk bottles, googly eyes, colorful construction paper, acrylic orange, yellow and black paints.
- Paint the paper plate orange and the milk bottle “body” yellow and “hat” black. Let dry.
- Cut “feathers” out of construction paper and have kids write things they are thankful for on each one.
- Cut out a beak and snood – yes, that’s what the dangly red thing is called!
- Glue face details onto milk bottle and feathers onto the back of the plate.
- Glue your milk bottle to the paper plate and your turkey is ready to trot!