Thankful Thanksgiving Ideas

November is upon us and the holidays will be here before we know it.

Getting our children involved in the planning + preparation is a great way to instill meaningful traditions and make some fun memories along the way.

THANKSGIVING is all about the feast …and of course, GIVING THANKS.  I searched for some inspiring ideas of simple crafts to do before and during Turkey day to engage kids in hosting the meal and expressing their gratitude.

Setting the scene

Personalize your table setting with some thoughts of thankfulness.  Here are some sweet ideas for your Thanksgiving table…

Color and create simple festive place settings with some crayons, markers and paper.

Or, make seasonal place cards and table favors in advance with a little paint and elements of nature (we have more table favor ideas here)…

Or, make a more colorful version, inspired by these pretty painted leaves…

(I found even more amazing painted leaf ideas at the art bar blog. Click link to see for yourself.)


Expressing Thanks!

Another idea I love for a Thanksgiving day activity is getting all of your guests involved in sharing what they are thankful for.  Have each guest write down something they are grateful for, on a leaf or a construction paper-shaped leaf; then attach each leaf to a “tree” (or vase filled with branches).  Your home-made Thankful Tree can be your table centerpiece and prompt great conversations of gratitude.


Inspired by the above image, I went scavenging in my neighborhood for branches and leaves and used a metallic pen to write my thankful messages…




What Thanksgiving traditions does your family have?  We love hearing your ideas.


Happy November!