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Growing up, my mother used to make my brother and I write down everything we were thankful for when it was near Thanksgiving. On the big day, we would read out loud at dinnertime what we had been thankful for throughout the year. Now that both my kids kind of understand the meaning of being thankful for things (well Kenzie at least) it's time to start this tradition in a fun new way with the Thankful Jar.
I love Oriental Trading because not only do they carry a huge selection of products at insanely affordable prices, they have fantastic craft ideas. I was hooked when I saw the perfect Thankful Jar craft and knew Kenzie would be delighted to make it.
- DIY Paint Cans
- Alphabet Tiles
- Dictionary Tags
- Primary Solid Colors Washi Tape Set
- Glue Dots
- Red Baker’s Twine
- Sharpie Paint Pens
1. Use glue dots to attach wooden bingo tiles to the front of the paint jar to spell “Give Thanks”. I just love these because they are the perfect size for small hands and fun to spell lots of words. We will definitely have to pick up a few more sets soon.
2. Decorate the jar with red washi tape as you desire.
3. A few weeks before Thanksgiving, lay out a variety of tags for your family and friends to use to write down what they are thankful for. Collect them in the jar. I like to put the name on one side of the tag and have the other side blank to write on.
4. On Thanksgiving, pull the tags out and read them aloud.
This is a wonderful tradition to start and nice that your child will start learning the meaning of Thanksgiving from a young age. Kenzie thought of her own idea with the Wish Jar for her birthday - Christmas! She can write down things she wants from Santa as well as things she wants for her birthday and place right into her Wish Jar. When the toy magazines start arriving, she can simply cut out and place into her Wish Jar. *I think she has gotten quite a bit obsessive because she's stuffing her jar with wishes such as baby dolls, accessories, iPad and more - I don't think there's going to be room left by the time the Big Toy Book arrives!
Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions with your children?
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