Thanksgiving Picture Books & Crafts

Thanksgiving Picture Books & Crafts

Thanksgiving Children's Crafts and Picture Books

Now Halloween is past Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Many years ago when I taught Kindergarten at an international school in Germany I was invited to a few Thanksgiving celebrations by some American families. It was wonderful to be part of such a special celebration and something I will never forget, particularly the amazing food!

I know for many of my American friends they love Thanksgiving more than Christmas. They tell me they like the fact it is a holiday absent of gifts and gives them a chance to reflect on what they are grateful for. 

I have searched the web for family-friendly great hands-on activities and wonderful picture books.

You can also browse the Children’s Library Lady gratitude picture book list and posts about gratitude and fall.

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Thanksgiving & Gratitude Picture Books

I have a chosen a collection of Thanksgiving books that describe the history and traditions of the holiday in both fiction and non fiction. There are also some books that focus on gratitude and thankfulness, others are just a fun read for all the family.
 
Head to your local library or book store to find some of these great books.

After checking out the selection of Thanksgiving picture books why not make this cute turkey bookmark by Red Ted Art. Place on the corner of the page when you finish reading so you can easily find your place next time.

Supplies
* Construction paper

Thanksgiving Craft Activities

Thanksgiving Turkey Art Project

On DeepSpaceSparkle you will find a different approach to the traditional handprint turkey! 

Supplies
Black and coloured oil pastels
Liquid Watercolour paints
White sulphite paper

How to Make a Bird Seed Wreath

Follow the step by step instructions from Good Housekeeping to make this amazing birdseed wreath. It will look beautiful in your garden and the birds will love it!

Supplies
* Gelatine
* Birdseed

DIY Leaf Catcher

Handmade Charlotte has adapted the dream catcher into a fall activity. Make this leaf catcher and capture all of your fall favourites like crunching through fallen leaves, toffee apples, hot chocolate and time with the family. You can find a leaf template on Handmade Charlotte’s website.

Supplies
* Large embroidery hoop
* Card stock

Gratitude Conversation Starter

Print out a set of gratitude conversation starters from Creative Family Fun. They give you discussion ideas that you may not have thought about before. Just print and cut.
 
Supplies
Wishing Stones

Gratitude Wish Stones

These DIY Wishing Stones by Artful Parent can be made anytime of the year. You can adapt them for Thanksgiving by using them to reinforce gratitude and things you and your family are grateful for.
 
Supplies

Turkey Napkin Rings from Fingerprints

Creative Family Fun made these lovely napkin rings. Children can personalise each one and add them to their place setting at the dinner table.
 
Leaf Printing

Fall Leaf Painting

Take a walk this fall and collect some lovely autumn leaves. Use Minne-Mama’s idea to display the leaves on a large sheet of paper. Children can then choose with fall coloured paints to create lovely shadows of the leaves.

Supplies
* Construction paper
* Wax Crayons

I would love to know what you do over Thanksgiving. Please add your family favourite books and activities in the comments below.

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