This time of year brings out the gratitude we feel for wonderful things in life. Our families are one of those things that can bring us the most joy and love. This Thanksgiving make some extra special memories with your children with these few fun kid-friendly ideas!
Favorite Thanksgiving Books for Children:
Llama Llama Give Thanks, by Anna Dewdney
This incredible author has captivated children with her fun, enticing stories in many different versions of the Llama Llama books. In this special Thanksgiving edition, Llama Llama explores the many things to be thankful for from delicious food, to beautiful nature and family who loves you.
This is the final book Anna Dewdney completed before she passed away in 2016. Let her heartwarming tale of gratitude and joy bring some happiness to your children this Thanksgiving season.
Scarecrows, by Cynthia Ryant
This sweet tale comes from the perspective of the scarecrows that watch over the crops and protect them. These seemingly unimportant and easily forgotten characters shed some light on what it’s like to view things from another’s perspective. This way of looking at life helps children understand the importance of showing gratitude for what we have and for others. This book is sure to become an instant classic with your little ones with this holiday.
Author Cynthia Rylant is a Newbery medalist and the author of many recognized books for young readers. Illustrated by Lauren Stringer, also an award-winning author and illustrator, the pictures add beauty and detail even a child can appreciate.
Crafts for the Kids Thanksgiving Table:
Create a Thankful Tree Centerpiece
1- Take a vase or an old mason jar. Have the children go outside and gather a handful of tree limbs, small enough to fit inside the vase or jar. Remove any leaves or debris. Spray paint the tips of the branches any color you choose. Gold, silver, yellow, red or white make good choices. Place them unpainted side down into the jar or vase and place it as a centerpiece on the children’s Thanksgiving table.
2- On the kid’s table have a bowl of paper tags in the shape of leaves. Using their favorite fall colored marker have the kids write things they are grateful for on the leaves, and than hang them carefully on the tree limbs.
3- Before children eat Thanksgiving dinner, have them express the things they wrote about and why they chose to show gratitude for those things.
Fun, Decorative Table Cloth
1- Purchase a large roll of brown or white packaging paper. Take strips of this plain paper and cover the child’s table with it as a tablecloth, securing down with tape on the edge if needed.
2 -You can create a fun environment for children to get creative and think about what they are grateful for this time of year. Place a few cups with markers, colored pencils, or crayons around the table. As children sit to wait for their meal, have them decorate the tablecloth with drawings of the things they feel gratitude for.
3 – Maybe even have the children draw placemats and write their names in fun, artistic ways. This is sure to be an activity they will love and get into!