Here is a fun and historical project that can be done in the classroom or at home for some family fun. Thanksgiving Place Cards are the perfect way to introduce the history of our early settlers; Pilgrims, Indians and the concept of Thanksgiving. Each child can create a specific icon from history or turn themselves […]
Its that time of year when the holidays come one after another. November is the month of gratitude and love. Its about remembering our past and about giving thanks. The Mayflower was among the first set of boats to bring settlers to the US. Times were hard back then. Weather, battle, food shortage, it was […]
Of the many kinds of Thanksgiving crafts available, the most-loved are those that both get a person in the mood for the holiday and provide a useful purpose for your celebration at the same time. Even better are easy Turkey crafts which can keep the kids occupied (even on their own) while I cook up […]
All Autumn long I am excited to teach about Thanksgiving, as its themes are always relevant and great lessons for us all. Talking about family, thankfulness, reunions, comparing the harrowing American journey of the Pilgrims to our own lives, and the importance of hosting and making food and crafts for others are all ways that […]
On Facebook this month, I’ve been participating in “30 Days of Thanks,” thinking of and posting about one thing I’m thankful for – big or small – every day for the month of November. I want to get my children – and my students – in on the thankfulness as well, so I decided […]
Pilgrim and Indian Puppets – Thanksgiving Craft & Activity This year, my children had the great idea to make Thanksgiving craft puppets. They’ll make them after school on Wednesday while I’m cooking, and give the puppets plenty of time to dry overnight. Then while they’re waiting for dinner to be served on Thursday (or maybe […]
Thanksgiving is around the corner – next week already! We’ll all be busy next Thursday, whether it’s cooking, cleaning, decorating, or watching the game. But what will the kids do when watching the parade on TV gets boring, they’ve already helped set the table, and there are still hours to go until Thanksgiving dinner? Turkey crafts, of course!
In our house, we love napkin holders and place cards. We try to make one or the other (or both!) for every single holiday. The best part about this napkin holder turkey craft for kids is that the napkin itself becomes part of the turkey, once you put it in the holder. It adds a certain elegance to a Thanksgiving craft that could otherwise be a little boring.
After turkeys, the most popular Thanksgiving symbol is the cornucopia. This “horn of plenty” reminds us to be thankful for the abundant blessings in our lives. Teach your kids to be thankful for everything they have, from the basic necessities like food, shelter and clothing to the special treats they are lucky to have, like toys and televisions, to the love from family and friends that makes the world go round. Kids can make a cornucopia Thanksgiving craft overflowing with delicious looking (and smelling) fruits, while simultaneously working on their gross motor skills and fine motor skills. What’s more, the finished kids craft will look beautiful as a Thanksgiving centerpiece adorning their tables.