Thanksgiving is the perfect day to establish a family tradition of creating a craft or participating in family activities together. While board games or reading stories together are sure to encourage family bonding, creating a project each year will generate memories to last a lifetime.
Create a Scrapbook of Funny Moments
Keeping in mind the meaning of Thanksgiving, create this memory book as a family gratitude memento. This scrapbook may also be given as a holiday gift. Make sure all of the paper, pens, and glue are acid-free.
- Family photos
- Construction paper
- Plain white paper
- Pens or pencils
- Large blank scrapbook with removable pages
- Go through the assortment of family photos together, reminiscing about what happened in each photo. Choose pictures which captivate humorous family times.
- Give each member of the family a piece of paper and pen or pencil to write down funny family moments. Have preschool-aged children draw pictures or cut out and paste magazine photos instead of writing.
- Hand out one page of the scrapbook to each family member.
- Paste stories and drawings onto the scrapbook pages.
- Trace around photos using cookie cutters or trim down the photos by cutting around the highlights of each picture.
- Glue photos around each story and drawing.
- Decorate with stickers and markers.
- Assemble book in event date order.
- Give the book a title, incorporating the family name along with the year it was made.
Make a Family Gratitude Home Movie
Go beyond the typical family home movies by writing a script and using props.
- Digital movie camera
- Props, as needed
- Poster boards
- Large markers
- Before Thanksgiving, have each family member pick out five things to be thankful for. Adjust as needed for the size of the family. For example, larger families may want to choose three items instead. Additionally, encourage children to think beyond material things by considering ideas such as being grateful for mom’s cooking or bike rides.
- Get each person to write down the reasons he or she is grateful for (items, activities, or people).
- Decide on a movie title and write it out on the poster board using markers. Create a second poster listing film credits.
- Create a storyboard detailing the film sequence for each item and scenario.
- On Thanksgiving Day, spend the day filming the movie.
- Make copies to hand out as holiday gifts while saving the original as a family keepsake.
Creating a family scrapbook or movie is the perfect project for Thanksgiving Day. In addition to these activities, create a family gratitude tree or gratitude cards as well. Not only do these projects encourage family time, but they also create memories to last a lifetime.