Thanksgiving is only one week away in the United States. We have been preparing around here. I’m finally getting a menu together for our meal, and my children have been working on several low cost activities for a couple of weeks now. It has been a simple, yet fun, time. I’ve discovered that it doesn’t take much to engage our children if we show excitement about an activity. We have really been enjoying doing a few simple things that I would like to share with you today.
1. Thankful Pumpkin
Guys, we have been “making” a thankful pumpkin for several years now, and it is so easy. All I do is pick out a pumpkin, and then use a sharpie marker to start writing things my children are thankful for, spiraling down from the top. This year, I raided my Thanksgiving display because I couldn’t find a pumpkin to use in the store. I had waited until November, and unfortunately, pumpkins aren’t available then, ha! Anyhow, we are about half-way down our pumpkin now, and this activity causes us to stop and think about the blessings God has given us each morning.
2. Thankful Leaves
This is another super easy activity. I purchased leaves off of Amazon, and use twine to string them up after they are decorated. We do this along with our pumpkin, and it is again, very simple. If you do not want to purchase leaves, you can cut them out of construction paper or card stock. In the next suggestion below, I’m going to share a free printable that includes thankful leaves and pumpkins you can print and cut out.
3. Free Printables
Free Printables are a great way to work through Thanksgiving activities with your children without having to spend a lot of money. All you need is a printer and ink! I’m going to share a couple of the free printables I offer below, but if you search the internet, I’m sure there are tons of others available to you. You can find the thankful leaves and pumpkins in the first printable pack below.
This is a no-brainer, but there are tons of low cost crafts out there for our children to enjoy. If you are like me, and prefer pre-made activities, Hobby Lobby or Michaels would be a good place to look. While I love crafting (I own an Etsy store for goodness sakes), sometimes putting together crafts and experiments from scratch fall through the cracks at our house. Sometimes you have to pick your battles, right?
5. Books (Especially utilizing the library).
We slowly have been collecting Thanksgiving books at our house. Like super slowly. Over the course of a couple years, we’ve collected 6 or 7 of them that we like to read each year. It is also a great idea to check out your local library to see what they have available. This is a great free way to read a few Thanksgiving books to your children.
If you have any suggestions, please share them below! I also am going to link a YouTube video I made about this topic here. It is fun to see what others do in their own homes.
In You, Adonai, have I taken refuge: Let me never be put to shame. In Your righteousness, deliver me. Turn Your ear to me, rescue me quickly. Be a rock of refuge for me, a stronghold for my deliverance. Since You are my rock and my fortress, You lead me and guide me for Your Name’s sake. Free me from the net they hid for me, for You are my refuge.
Psalms 31:2-5 TLV