There are signs of the change of the season is occurring with some of the trees changing colors, bushes showing off their fall colors and the desert cooling down. This is the beginning of the holiday season, and Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year.
Here are a couple of craft ideas that you might want to consider doing with your children to teach them about being thankful and let them have fun at the same time.
Giving Thanks Place Mats
The goal of this craft is to create a collage filled with drawings and pictures of all the things your children are thankful for. Cut photos from magazines or print some photos from your computer. Older children can write captions under the photos or draw their own. Be sure to put the child’s name and year on it.
If you make this collage from two standard letter-size pieces of construction paper taped side-by-side, you can take the completed collage to a copy shop when you’re done and have it laminated. It then becomes a placemat that you can use every Thanksgiving for years to come.
Turkey apples are a fun craft to make with the kids as well as a healthy snack. You will need an apple, six toothpicks, one large marshmallow and five miniature marshmallows, as well as some raisins and one piece of candy corn for each turkey.
Set the apple stem up on a flat surface. Stick a toothpick in the top part of one side of the apple. Add the large marshmallow to the top of the toothpick. Decorate the face of the turkey with two raisins as eyes and stick the candy corn in upside down into the marshmallow to make the beak.
Thread each of the remaining toothpicks with three raisins, and then top it off with one of the miniature marshmallows. These will be the tail feathers of your turkey. Stick the four toothpicks, evenly spaced, on the opposite side of the top of the apple.
“Have an attitude of gratitude in all things.” This is a saying submitted by Carol Aston, Pa., to the Dove® candy company. It was selected and put into a candy wrapper. I think it’s a saying worth remembering.