When the month of November tends to roll around many thoughts tend to wander off about what gift to create or purchase for someone for the December holidays. But what about teaching our children to show their love and appreciation to those near and dear to them on Thanksgiving Day? That is why this year Beck and Elizabeth have been busy creating a children’s gift that we are calling ‘Thanks For Giving Gift’. Inside each originally designed and decorated box the recipient will find a story, a poem, pictures, and more of how the recipient made a large impact this past year on Beck or Elizabeth. Needless to say we have a little work station where these adorable boxes are constantly cycling through and drying right now.
To be able to help your child make their own Thanks For Giving Gift you will need the following supplies:
- 1 sturdy box with lid (such as a jewelry box)
- 1 piece of white or light tan construction paper
- Tissue paper squares (we used our mixed assortment of autumn colors to tie in with the Thanksgiving theme)
- Wax paper
- Hot glue gun and glue
- Glue (such as Elmer’s)
To build this craft, start by having your children use their fingers to “finger paint” the glue and tissue paper squares onto the boxes. I highly recommend laying out a piece of wax paper in front of your child so that the glue will not stick to everything around it and will only stick to the box itself. I LOVED watching both of the children during this particular process. Beck’s artwork tends to lean toward a Frank Lloyd Wright style while Elizabeth’s artwork is very eclectic with big bold colors and there is never enough pizazz in her world. (FYI, we did not place any tissue paper on the bottom of the box so that when these boxes are not being opened and enjoyed the box could sit flatly on a surface with any tissue paper coming off.)
Next, have your children measure their boxes and mark an outline with the same shape and size to cut their pieces of construction paper. This way the paper is guaranteed to fit nice and neatly inside of the box. Then, fold the paper into accordions and tape the two pieces of construction paper together to form one long accordion.
Next, have your children spend time creating stories, writing sentimental thank you’s with artwork, and more on their construction paper. This way each recipient will receive something different, unique, and from the heart.
The final step is to attach the ends of the construction paper accordion using a hot glue gun. Voila! A masterpiece and keepsake is ready to give to your children’s special recipient.
This project was not only fun for the children to create; but it can also stretched their writing skills and use of different style of writing for each recipient of their special boxes. Now everyone around them will know on Thanksgiving morning how special to your children they are in their world and how much they are appreciated and loved!