A Thankful Activity for All
by LDS Intelligent Living
An idea to connect with family members who live too far to join you during Thanksgiving celebration.
- Colored card stock paper or construction paper
- Leaf templates (large enough for a picture to be glued on), autumn leaves (go for a walk with the kids to collect the leaves), or draw your own
- Magnets – some come in a roll and can be cut to desired sizes (optional)
- Tape (optional)
Ask your relatives to send you a picture and share with you one thing they were thankful for this year. Cut out all the leaves in different color paper and leaf shapes (they all should be close to the same size). Glue the pictures on the leaves. Write your family member’s thankful thought under or above the picture. Display Ideas
- Glue a magnet behind each leaf and display on the refrigerator.
- On Thanksgiving Day, have the family members take turn reading the thankful thoughts and then display the leaves on a wall (you can group the leaves by family). You could play a game by placing the leaves with the parents’ pictures on the wall and have family members match the kids’ leaves to their parents.
- Display all the leaves around the dining room table’s center piece, and read them during Thanksgiving dinner.
You can easily find free printable pictures of leaves on the internet to use as template for this project. Some children would prefer coloring/painting the leaves and that’s great too. Don’t forget to take a picture of the display on Thanksgiving day to send to your relatives.
Photos by LDS Intelligent Living