Jayne Gautreau: The perfect Thanksgiving craft for your kids | Moms

Since my boys were little I have tried to do crafts with them. I always had these romantic notions of doing crafts with my kids, sitting peacefully at a table getting creative.

But my boys have just never really been that way.

They will sit for a while, but those craft projects usually end up with my boys painting their faces or even my dining room wall.

This past weekend I really wanted to do a special project with them. I found one on Pinterest that I thought was perfect for the upcoming Thanksgiving season. I knew it would also be a quick and fun one for my boys, but also meaningful.

The craft idea was for a thanksgiving tree. It was perfect as it didn't take a lot of time and there wasn't any mess or clean up with it. The boys even participated well and enjoyed the project.

I drew the outline of a tree stump on some construction paper and then I had the boys and myself draw our handprints on construction paper, then we cut them out.

Once the handprints are cut out and glued onto the tree, you can write on the handprints the things you’re thankful for each day during the month of November.

You can add to the tree with more handprints as your list grows.

I thought this was perfect because many of us as adults are actually compiling our thankfulness lists during November.

The thanksgiving tree project is a great way to get our children involved in writing their own thankfulness lists and to open up discussion with them. I think they will really enjoy doing it too.

...get our children involved in writing their own thankfulness lists...


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