Involving your child in the Thanksgiving preparations is a wonderful way to boost their self-confidence and sense of community. But oftentimes parents feel that little children only get in the way or may not be old enough to properly help. If you are looking for a job to give your little one, why not assign him or her the task of creating a lovely centerpiece (or several!) for the Thanksgiving table? We’ve found seven beautiful and easy crafts for your child to create and contribute to Thursday’s feast.
Give some old toys a new purpose with this fun craft for kids. First, gather some of your child’s wooden building blocks or purchase some from your local craft store. Then follow the directions on Spoonful for creating a Thanksgiving message. Don’t be afraid to let your child customize the message… maybe even have them write it in Spanish!
Truly Lovely has a great way to decorate the table with these pillar candles and strips of ribbon. You don’t even have to worry about your child using hot glue or sharp tacks since this quick and easy craft uses glue dots. For younger children, you can pre-cut the ribbon strips to the appropriate length.
Don’t Forget the Turkey!
This DIY turkey from Blog Me Mom is a colorful addition to any Thanksgiving table. Using items you probably already have in your house, this craft develops your preschooler’s fine-motor skills as they fan-fold the turkey’s tail feathers. You can pre-cut the pieces, or let your child use their imagination and practice their cutting skills. For extra fun, have your child create one for each place setting as shown.
This paper strip pumpkin by the Moffatt Girls allows your child to think about the meaning behind the holiday and write out those things for which she is grateful. You just need strips of construction paper, a pencil, and a stapler or some brads.
Pilgrims on the Table
The Celiac Family has simple directions for making a pilgrim hat using a few dollar store items. We like how they’ve cut out the top and inserted a napkin and utensils to make this piece extra useful!
Decorate the center of your table with a miniature Native American village from Preschool Crafts for Kids. These small teepees are a cinch to make with some brown foam or construction paper and markers. Little twigs peeking from the top add an extra special detail!
Make it Natural
That’s What Che Said has another elegant candle centerpiece. She uses fake leaves from the dollar store, but you could easily send your kids out on a hunt for real, colorful leaves from outside your home for this craft. You could also substitute brown construction paper or patterned scrapbooking paper for the burlap.
Whichever craft your child chooses to make, they’ll be proud of their contribution to your Thanksgiving feast. And that’s something for which to be thankful.
Monica Olivera Hazelton, NBC Latino contributor and the founder and publisher of MommyMaestra.com, a site for Latino families that homeschool, as well as families with children in a traditional school setting who want to take a more active role in their children’s education. She is the 2011 winner of the “Best Latina Education Blogger” award by LATISM.