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Easy Thanksgiving Crafts That Reinforce Gratitude

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! For us parents and teachers, that means it’s time to look for Thanksgiving craft ideas for our children and classroom. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! This year, I’ve collected twenty “thankful” themed crafts and activities that kids will love.

We celebrated a Thankful Week leading up to Thanksgiving. During that week, we made a craft each day that helped us recall all the things we have to be grateful for. It was fun for the kids and also helped reinforce gratitude in our home.

These activities can be found on my Pinterest “Thanksgiving with Kids” board, or you can simply click on the links provided below.

1. Thankful Turkey Paper Bag Book

One of our favorite crafts to make is the Thankful Turkey Book! I mean, how cute are these? My boys wrote all the things they’re thankful for, including special talents. The template to make this fun craft is a FREEBIE I found on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Click Here to Make The Thankful Turkey Book

2. Thankful ABC Activity

This easy activity is just print and go! No glue, no cutting, no mess. All that’s required is thinking of things you’re grateful for that begin with each letter of the alphabet. As you can see, “poopy” made my toddler’s list but “mommy” didn’t. At least my 7-year-old put mommy on his (shrugs).

Click Here to Download the Thankful ABC Activity 

3. Thankful Wreath 

Should I even include a disclaimer as to why my 3-year-old is dressed like that with marker all over his face? Only parents will understand, haha. We had so much fun making these wreaths. I discovered some interesting things about my kids that amused me. Mekkiah (7) is thankful for Christmas, skyscrapers, Jasmine (his crush), family, and God who created the earth. RJ (3) is thankful for Saturday, Wednesday, leaves, Sunday, and his birthday. Click the link below for directions on how to make this fun craft.

Click Here to Make the Thankful Wreath

4. Thankful Tree

We named our thankful tree the “Tree of Life.” We used three verses from the book of Psalms that offer thanks to God. We also included fruit of the spirit written on the red “apples.” The craft looked adorable hanging on our backdoor.

Click Here to Make the Thankful Tree

5. Thankful Family Framed Art

We made this cute turkey family picture using our traced hands. We didn’t have fall colors in our craft box, so we improvised using gold, blue, green, and black glossy paper. This craft is super easy to make, all you need is construction paper, a Dollar Tree frame, and better handwriting than mine.

Click Here to Make Thankful Family Framed Art

Gratitude is something we often talk about in our home. I believe we set our children up for success when we teach them how to focus their attention on what they have, rather than what they lack. Some of these gratitude ideas will definitely become a family tradition for us during the holiday season. What are some of your favorites? Let us know down below!

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