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Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite days of the year - right after Christmas and my birthday! Besides the delicious food and extra desserts, I loved making turkeys out of paper plates and pilgrim hats out of black construction paper when I was young. Now that I have children of my own I have a lot of fun finding craft projects for them to make as we're waiting for the turkey to cook. I'm not sure who has more fun with the projects - my kids, myself or my mom! We often find crafts from past years hanging around her house as we arrive to celebrate Thanksgiving.
This year while the men watch football and the women visit over coffee, give the kids a craft project. In this post, I've provided links to some of my favorite kids craft resources. There are so many great choices for Thanksgiving including pilgrim, turkey and tabletop crafts. I hope your kids enjoy them as much as mine did!
Photo Credit: Flickr's Joel8x
Although not necessarily a Thanksgiving-related project, one of my favorite crafts as a kid was stained glass hangings created from tissue paper. Back when I was a kid we didn't think to use clear contact paper, so we used wax paper and Elmer's glue. Our projects weren't always as pretty as some of the designs I found recently, but it got the job done!
Here's what we used to create our stained glass artwork:
1) After figuring out what design we wanted to make (star, flower, heart, etc), we would cut strips of colored construction paper and glue it on the wax paper to form a border. The older kids would also cut pieces for our younger cousins and glue the border on for them.
2) Using small scraps, we would glue many different colored pieces of tissue paper inside the border of the design. Tissue paper could overlap, making an entirely new color.
3) The finished artwork was then displayed on grandma's windows - and it was a good thing she had a large house because all of her windows were usually covered by the time we finished! Before we left, our moms would take the designs down and bring them home as a keepsake.
With the invention of clear (or even frosted) contact paper, this project would be much easier. Simply adhere the border and colored tissue paper to the sticky side, then cover the completed design with another piece to make the project last for years!