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Cute Crafts to Give Thanks from Parents.com

Here are some adorable crafts for you to make with your kids in celebration of Thanksgiving, from our friends at Parents.com.


Thanksgiving Countdown Calendar

Inspired by an advent calendar, your family can express gratitude every day leading up toThanksgiving

Make It: Cut flaps off of manila envelopes. Adhere number stickers or rub-ons to each envelope, one for each day leading up to and including Thanksgiving. Hang a piece of twine or string on your wall or mantel, and clip envelopes in numerical order to the line with mini clothespins. If you have four members in your family, cut four colors of paper into thin rectangles, assigning each family member a color. On each day leading up to Thanksgiving, encourage everyone to write something they are thankful for on their respective slip of paper and put into that day's envelope.

 

Pumpkin Pie Spinner

This pumpkin pie may look good enough to eat, but it's actually an interactive spinner that reveals things your child is thankful for.

Make It: Trim the edge of a paper plate rim with scallop-edge scissors, then paint the rim with a mixture of white and brown paint to resemble the color of crust. From rust-color card stock, cut a circle to fit the center of the plate and adhere it in place. Put the plate on top of a second paper plate and poke a hole through the centers, then insert a brad through the holes. Cut a slice out of the top plate (be careful to avoid the brad), add letter stickers to the top, and hand-write thankful items to the bottom plate.

 


Letter Banner

String together some foam letters with a fun fall-patterned ribbon to spell out what you're thankful for this year.

 


Postcards of Thanks

Send a sentiment of thanks to friends and loved ones!

Make It: Buy cardstock postcards (or make your own). Cut Thanksgiving imagery or abstract patterns from various colors of construction paper and glue to the back of the cards. Cover collaged side of card with a self-adhesive laminating sheet to protect your collage in the mail. Draw a line down the center of the other side of the card, leaving space to include a message, the recipient's address, and a postage stamp.

 


ABC Journal

Designate a small notebook as your ABC journal. Have your little ones practice writing the alphabet, and help them draw a picture of something they are thankful for that begins with each letter.

Jar of Thanks

Have everyone in the family fill a glass jar with daily notes about what they are grateful for. When Thanksgiving Day arrives, turn your collection into a colorful garland to hang over your buffet table.

Thankful Wreath

Transform a bunch of clothespins into a fun way for your kids to mark down what they're grateful for.

Make it: Paint your clothespins, and once dry, attach them around a wire wreath frame. Cut a heart out of thick cardstock and attach to the center of your wreath. Write, "I'm thankful for…" on the heart, and then have your kids customize each clothespin with a different moment of gratitude.