Thanksgiving is a time to deck your house with turkeys, pilgrims, and other signs of the fall harvest like pumpkins, corn, and apples. Decorating doesn’t have to be a hassle and be sure to let your children help with your style and workmanship when you spruce up your home for Thanksgiving dinner.
A fun project for everyone is to get some poster paper and make life-size mock ups of each of your family dressed as a Pilgrim or Native American. Draw in the black and white attire of the arms and legs if your family member chooses to be a Pilgrim and make life size feathers and necklaces for the Native Americans.
This project is a great way to research what the First Thanksgiving might have actually been like. Make re-creations as authentic as possible when you draw them. Have some of the Native Americans holding corn or fish that they brought to the table.
Leave a space for the faces blank and enlarge some pictures of your family on your computer and place their own faces in the spots where you would draw the eyes, nose, and mouth. Now you have an authentic Pilgrim or Native American family!
Another project is to make a centerpiece based around pumpkins. Have a larger pumpkin in the middle surrounded by smaller pumpkins and then add things to them like fall leaves from outside and a corn cob or gourd. To secure some items you can use glue, tape, or even toothpicks to stick into the pumpkins themselves.
Have your children gather leaves and help pick out the pumpkins. It might be a good idea to buy the pumpkins soon after Halloween before stores stop selling them. They should keep another three weeks to Thanksgiving.
A third project to make is a Thanksgiving calendar. Make it out of poster board and as every day in November passes have each family member fill in something they are thankful for. Make each day large enough for people to write something. When Thanksgiving Day arrives, have each family member read what they wrote and have a summary of what everyone is thankful for this November. This is a great way to keep your family cognizant of the real reason for Thanksgiving and why giving thanks is so important.
Thanksgiving crafts are important teaching tools so use these to your advantage and make teachable moments. When you gather leaves, research which trees these leaves may have come from. Find out why pumpkins are so important this time of year. As long as your whole family is involved there will always be fun around making Thanksgiving decorations.