8 Thankfulness Crafts Kids Can Do at Home

November 4, 2021

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Are you looking for thankfulness crafts that you can use in your home this Thanksgiving season? It’s a wonderful way to introduce handcrafts to your children while also engaging in meaningful conversation about thankfulness. Kids will love these ideas, and many of them use recycled or natural materials.

children making crafts

Tree of Gratitude

Creating a tree of gratitude is an  easy craft that all ages will enjoy. You can even use this in your holiday décor. Instead of just talking about what we’re thankful for around the table, this activity will get it in writing!

Here’s all you need to make this thankfulness craft:

  • white acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • glue
  • string
  • scissors
  • mason jar

And even if you don’t have any mason jars in your stash, you can reuse any glass jars from your pantry.

tree of gratitude

Thank You Cards

Even your preschoolers and toddlers can get their hands messy with this thankfulness craft – Thank You Cards! The concept is very simple, but your card recipient will love it. All you need to do is have your child paint a handprint turkey onto a blank notecard with the words “I’m thankful for you!” Then, your family can write a personalized note inside that your friends and family will absolutely love.

turkey thank you card

Gratitude Chain

Did you make paperchains back in elementary school to count down the days until Christmas? Well, now you can take that idea and use it to create a Gratitude Chain in your home. It’s a kid-friendly project that everyone can do – even your littles! And of course, all it takes is some construction paper and a stapler or some tape.

Gratitude and Thanksgiving

Gratitude Box

Here’s a cute idea that you can use as a gift for someone you are thankful for or even as a favor for guests at your Thanksgiving celebration. A gratitude box looks more complicated than it is!

Using a technique with water color and salt, your unique painting will have some great texture. Your kids may love creating multiples of this fun handcraft.

The materials are simple:

  • watercolor paper
  • paintbrush
  • masking tape
  • watercolor paint
  • salt
  • jewelry boxes (check the dollar store)
  • twine

gratitude box

Pumpkin of Gratitude

Your kids can create cute paper pumpkins that encourage them to write what they’re thankful for. All it takes is some colored paper, pen or marker, tape and scissors. Use these cute Gratitude Pumpkins to display on your holiday table.

paper gratitude pumpkin craft

Thankful Journal

If your kids are into journaling, encourage them to create their own Thankful Journal. It will be fun to decoupage all sorts of pictures from old magazines to personalize their journal. Then, encourage them to take a few minutes at the end of each day to record some thoughts about what they are grateful for.

notebook and pens


Kindness Wreath

Use a kindness wreath to help focus on positive behavior. All you need is a simple wreath form and some ribbon. Ask your kids to add a ribbon to the wreath each time they notice an act of kindness. It might be as simple as sharing toys with a sibling or when a parent takes care of the child. When the wreath is full, your family can decide on an activity to do together to celebrate all this kindness.

ribbon wreath

Thanksgiving Jar

The Thanksgiving Jar is a great thankfulness craft that you can make leading up to the holiday. Then, on that special day as a family, you can use the final product for some great conversation. All you need is a glass jar and rocks or stones you can write on. You can add paper cutouts of your kids’ hands for some added cuteness. Then, as the days progress in November, just help your kids write with Sharpie on each rock what they’re thankful for and put the stone in the jar.

Thanksgiving jar craft

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