This 'handy' Thanksgiving wreath gets your child to focus on the things he's grateful for all year. Whether you’re visiting friends and relatives or staying home this Thanksgiving, the holiday is the perfect time to stop and express gratitude for all that's good in our lives. Around this time of year, lots of families make or purchase a wreath in seasonal russets and gold. But there's nothing like this handmade Thanksgiving wreath to give your decor a warm and authentic feel. She'll also get some reading and writing practice in the process.
What You Do:
- Help your kid lay her hand down, fingers apart, and trace around it on several different colors. Then have her cut out a set of twelve hands (one for each month of the year).
- Tilt each paper hand slightly and arrange the group to form a wreath shape—but don’t glue yet! Have your child practice her handwriting by writing one of the months of the year on each hand, starting with January at the bottom and ending, clockwise, with December.
- Below each month name, have your child write one thing she feels thankful for in that month of the year. Maybe it’s snow; maybe it’s a birthday; maybe it’s a special place the family visits. Whatever it is, give your kid props once she'd written out her reason to be thankful.
This Thanksgiving, join your child in this “hands on” gratitude. Put the wreath on a wall or door near the table, and be thankful together. Invite your child to read what she’s written for everyone to enjoy. Activities like this one tend to make the food taste just that much better…and it’ll boost your young learner writing skills, and her confidence too.
Julie Williams, M.A. Education, taught middle and high school History and English for seventeen years. Since then, she has volunteered in elementary classrooms while raising her two sons and earning a master's in school administration. She has also been a leader in her local PTA.