We’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our house this year (cue the ominous music). I wanted to give the kids an opportunity to contribute apart from being in the kitchen licking spoons, and also keep them in the spirit of thankfulness. These DIY crafty place cards are the perfect thing!
Our first task was to decide who would make which cards. There are twelve of us total, which divides perfectly between three kids…if they ever agreed on anything…at all. In the interest of fairness (and my sanity), we put everyone’s name into a hat. The kids took turns drawing their four names each and on we charged!
After I cut apart the printed cards, I showed the kids where to put their thumbprint turkeys (on the blank side) and they got to work. If you’ve never done a thumbprint craft before, keep in mind that less is more on the paint front. We of course used brown paint for the turkey body, and a pattern of red, yellow, and orange for the feathers.
*For my younger kids, I folded the cards before they painted so it was easier for them to see where the turkeys and names should go.
Next have the kids label each card front with a family member’s name and write inside the card a reason (or two) they are thankful for that person. This was the best part of this project for all of us. The kids had fun coming up with what to write and it made my heart happy to see what they came up with. They even made cards for each other…and they were nice!!
*I let the kids to use an erasable pen for their writing. If you don’t have an erasable pen, I suggest using pencil or maybe practicing what they want to write on scrap paper first. We did quite a bit of erasing.
That’s it! They’re ready for the Thanksgiving table. The kids are so excited to set these out and see their loved ones read them.