Thanksgiving is a holiday that focuses on family and giving thanks for the things we have in our lives. There are many different ways to celebrate and this holiday is filled with unique family traditions. With the strange and stressful year many parents have had, it is more important now than ever to give thanks for the things we do have, and we can teach our children to do that same. While our kiddos were hopefully not stressed about the changes and weirdness of this year, teaching them to be grateful for the life they have is a great lesson that will help them focus on the good as they grow older.

At Yellow Brick Road Early Childhood Development Center, we believe that teaching your child to focus on the good things in their lives at a young age can help them develop and grow positive skills and habits. To help your kiddo give thanks this holiday, we thought it could be fun for you and your little one to do crafts together that focus on giving thanks! If you want to spend some quality time with your child and help them focus on the good, these crafts can be a fun idea. In this blog, we are going to give you step-by-step instructions to help you complete these meaningful crafts with your kiddos!

Giving Thanks Tree Craft

This giving thanks tree craft is a fun and simple craft that your kids will love! You can either have them do their own or work on one together as a family. This is a bigger project, so it could be fun to do it together as a family.

For this project, you will need:

  • White poster paper
  • Brown paint or marker
  • Colorful construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Start by drawing the outline of a tree on the white poster paper, with some room between the top of the branches and the top of the poster. Let your kiddos paint or color the tree in with brown markers.

Next, you would take the construction paper (we suggest choosing fall leaf colors, such as red, orange, and yellow) and trace your kiddos handprints on the paper. You can even trace a few of your own! Help your children cut out the handprints. You can make as many handprints as you want. These will be added to the branches of your tree, so just be aware of the space available. If you have extra leaves, you can add them to the bottom of the tree, like fallen fall leaves.

After all of the handprints are cut out, your kids will write what they are thankful for on each handprint. You can write on some as well to show what you are grateful for. This is also great for your child to practice their writing skills.

Once all of the handprint leaves are written on, you can start gluing them near the branches on the poster paper. Let it dry and then hang it where everyone can see so you can remember what you are thankful for this year.