In our ever-growing consumer world, it can be tough to teach kids what it means to be grateful. With Thanksgiving coming up I wanted to teach my girls (6 and 3) what it means to be thankful, and the best way that I could do that was through art and simply crafts at home.
With our ever busy lives, I love having downtime with them and letting our minds flow freely through creating pictures. I told the girls that we would be making thankful turkeys and gratitude journals and they were excited to get to work.
For our supplies we stocked up on glue, paint, markers and construction paper at Target. To get started we cut out circles for the turkey's head and then various papers of construction paper for the feathers. We then glued on the feathers and I asked the girls to write down on each feather what they are thankful for. It was so sweet as my older daughter wrote down that she was thankful for her mommy, daddy, family and friends. My younger daughter painted what she was thankful for, and when I asked her what the images were she said mommy and chocolate.
1. Cut out a circle for the turkey's head
2. Cut out various shapes for the turkey's feathers.
3. Glue feathers on the head.
4. Have your child write, paint or draw what they are thankful for.
Up next we made a gratitude journal out of an old cereal box. I cut out part of the cereal box that they girls then painted (you can also make a collage for the cover). After it dried, I cut out paper and filled the journal. I punched holes in the paper and journal and tied it together with string. I asked them to write (or draw) in it every day as they chronicle what they are thankful for. So far it says for school trips and vacation. This is also a great idea for a personal and meaningful gift idea that kids can make for their friends, relatives and teachers.
DIY Gratitude Journal:
1. Cut out two pieces of an old cereal box or cardboard
2. Paint, color or glue on old magazines on the two pieces (this will be the cover and back).
3. Cut up construction paper to the size of cover and insert it between the two boards.
4. Using a hole puncher, cut out holes and use string to tie the paper and cardboard together.
5. Write in it everyday!
Another fantastic way to teach about giving back is to purchase from companies that do their part to give back. One of our favorites is TOMS and they recently partnered with Target for the TOMS for Target on a limited-edition collection of apparel, accessories, shoes and home goods for women, men and children. Similar to the TOMS’ one-for-one giving model, for each item purchased, a gift will be donated to those in need. This means that for every item purchased, Target and TOMS will be donating blankets, meals or shoes to those that need them the most. For example, all TOMS for Target apparel, accessories and home goods where Target will donate a blanket to American Red Cross or one week of meals to Feeding America/Food Banks Canada and for shoes TOMS donates one pair of shoes to a child in need. This is a fantastic way to shop consciously while also helping your kids understand what that means and doing your part to support companies that care.
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