Each year since the kids were very young I have made a “Thankful Turkey Tree” with them. Each day the kids trace their hands and are allowed to decorate and name their turkey using any materials they choose. Sometimes I do put my foot down in regards to glitter since it seems to fly everywhere in the house especially with our new puppy’s interest in the sparkly little wonders.
Some days the kids create them in 5 minutes and other days I have found both of them working for over a half an hour on their turkey. In year’s past we have written on the hand turkey what we are thankful for. This year however we have started the tradition of the Thanksgiving Gratitude Board(which our entire family is enjoying doing every evening).
I feel that it not only teaches them to be thankful for what they do have in their lives but it also creates wonderful keepsake items. After Thanksgiving every year before I put up the Christmas decorations I put all of these hand turkeys into a special box. It warms my heart every year to look at how much our kid’s artistic minds and skills have grown.