Every Thanksgiving, we all look forward to that special moment when the last dish is finally laid out on the table and family and friends are all gathered with anticipation of the coming feast. Each year, some major preparation and a lot of hard work goes into making this special moment possible. Since Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks, this year help your child give a heartfelt "thank you" to your family's chef with a colorful hand-print apron. Use this opportunity to teach your child about the importance of giving thanks to those they love. All you need is some simple craft paint, a canvas apron, and a little hand. Encourage other kids to participate for a little collaborative fun.
A word of caution: this activity, adorable though it is, has the potential to create a very large mess. It's best to do it in a room that can get a little dirty, like the garage, or in the backyard. Even then, make sure you spread a drop cloth or plastic sheet over your work surface and have a bucket of soapy water and a pile of rags handy for washing paint from little hands.