Monday, November 23, 2009

Thankful Book Craft for In-Home Childcare Providers

Make a Thanksgiving keepsake for the child that truly embodies the spirit of thankfulness. You can purchase a small scrapbook or use Thanksgiving stickers and make this a really simple project. But for those of us on a budget, a homemade Thankful Book is quick, simple, and fun.

What You Will Need:

• A holiday picture
• Crayons
• Several sheets of paper
• Stapler
• Pen or marker

The easiest way to make it is by printing out pages from enchanted learning, click here to visit that site. One page reads, "I am thankful for my family," then have the child draw a picture of his family. On the next page it reads, "I am thankful for my friends," then have the child draw a picture of her friends. You can even take this further by having them draw pictures of what they are thankful for.

If you prefer:
1. Print out a holiday picture and let the child color it.
2. On the sheets of paper, ask the child what they are thankful for like listed above.
3. Write down each thing they are thankful for on a separate piece of paper.
4. Assemble all the sheets with the holiday picture on top and staple it along the side like a book.

There are so many variations of how you can do this book and make it a meaningful activity for the child.

What do you do with your charge's to help prepare for Thanksgiving?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Honestly I wasn't planning on any activities for the kids for Thanksgiving until I saw this. I will definitely print out the book templates and do this with the children age3s 3, 5, 8.
Great, Melanie M.

NannyMichelleDE said...

Make sure this is something the parents know you did with the child. I would tell nannies to have the children give this book as a gift to their parents on Thanksgiving. Very few sitters take the time to do something as nice as this with kids. Get some credit for getting children involved in being thankful.