Thanksgiving is a good time to remind our children or grandchildren to be thankful for the many good things in their lives – family, friends, opportunities to learn and grow. A natural way to call these thoughts to mind is to begin with a question: "What are you thankful for?" Then, by suggesting this craft project as a way to express their thoughts, you'll give kids the chance to really explore their feelings and reflect on their values. You'll all be proud of the results. Be sure to save and preserve their projects – you'll be touched by them for many Thanksgivings to come.
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Old magazines and family photos
Child's blunt-tip safety scissors
Clear contact paper
Small box or empty coffee can
Brown poster board and leaf-colored (green, red, yellow, orange, and brown) construction paper
Give your child the magazines and photos and ask her to cut out pictures of things for which she is thankful.
Use the pictures in one or more of the following ways: Glue the pictures onto construction paper and cover with clear contact paper for a Thanksgiving placemat.
Glue the pictures onto index cards and place them inside a small box or empty coffee can.
Each day, have your child choose one card.
Talk about what is on the card and why she is thankful for it.
Draw a tree trunk and branches on brown poster board.
Cut leaf shapes from leaf-colored construction paper.
Glue the pictures onto the leaves, then glue the leaves onto the branches.