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How do you kick off the Holiday Season? We try to come up with a unique idea each year to help teach the kids about giving thanks. We have tried many things over the years with much success. Here are some ideas we found during our research this year.
I love this Gratitude Board for every day of the month of November. Write what each family member is grateful for each day and reminisce when you bring it out next year. It’s not too late to get started!
Crafts using the kids hands has long been a favorite of mine. The little hands can help decorate the little Give-Thanks Turkeys and you can keep the little notes to ponder year after year.
Chalkboard Place Mats are a fun way for your family to have a hands-on gratitude list at the dinner table. They require a bit of time to make so we made one for the head of the table with “We are Thankful For” as the heading.
A garland of leaves is the perfect seasonal decoration and this Giving Thanks Banner is extra special with the little messages on the leaves. Add a new message each day to spread the gratitude throughout the weeks before and after Thanksgiving Day. Create your own leaf shapes or click the photo for a free download.
Another place mat idea gets kids involved writing what they are grateful for on a coloring page. Click here to print your Place Mat for Giving Thanks. Laminate the creations to be used year after year.
Create a Golden Leaf Garland or play with colors to suit your decor. I love the idea of hanging the leaves from a branch like this. It would look great hanging in a window or down the center of your dining table.
Kids will love these Gratitude Flowers which work well as sunflowers in red, orange, and yellow to suit the autumn theme. Use coordinating markers to write their blessings on the little petals before assembling their creations. Adding a green leaf to the stem is a nice touch.
The Thankful Tree is a great way to add something special and festive to the mantle or make a small one as a centerpiece. Adding current photos is a great personal touch.
Collecting our blessings in a Thank You Bank for the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving provides enough little notes to use as confetti. Scatter them down the middle of the table. Or, if you’re up for the tidying, each family member can throw theirs up in the air simultaneously after dessert. Who doesn’t love a little confetti in the air?
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