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Gratitude Garland: A Simple Thanksgiving Activity for the Whole Family

By Katy Agro Myers

Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and appreciation, and this year, consider engaging the whole family in a heartwarming activity that doesn't require a trip to the store. Let's create a "Gratitude Garland" using items you likely already have at home. This simple and meaningful craft will not only serve as a beautiful decoration but will also become a cherished reminder of the blessings that surround us. Materials Needed:

  1. Colorful construction paper or cardstock

  2. Scissors

  3. Markers, colored pencils, or crayons

  4. String or yarn

  5. Clothespins or paper clips

  6. Hole punch (optional)

Activity Steps:

  1. Cut Out Gratitude Shapes: Begin by cutting the construction paper or cardstock into shapes that represent things you are thankful for. Common shapes include leaves, hearts, or circles.

  2. Decorate Your Gratitude Shapes: Use markers, colored pencils, or crayons to decorate each shape. Encourage family members to write or draw specific things they are grateful for on each piece.

  3. Add Personal Touches: Feel free to add personal touches such as names, dates, or additional decorations that make each shape unique and special.

  4. Punch Holes (Optional): If you have a hole punch, create a hole at the top of each decorated shape. This will make it easier to thread them onto the string.

  5. Create a Gratitude Garland: Cut a length of string or yarn to your desired size. Arrange the decorated shapes in a visually pleasing order and attach them to the string using clothespins or paper clips.

  6. Hang Your Gratitude Garland: Find a central location in your home to hang the completed gratitude garland. It could be across a fireplace mantel, along a staircase, or even in the dining area where you'll share your Thanksgiving meal.

  7. Share Gratitude Stories: As you hang each shape, take turns sharing the stories or sentiments behind your expressions of gratitude. This part of the activity fosters open communication and strengthens the sense of togetherness.

  8. Celebrate Thanksgiving with Gratitude: Allow the gratitude garland to be a focal point during your Thanksgiving celebration. Encourage family members to revisit and reflect on the messages shared, fostering an atmosphere of thankfulness.

Creating a Gratitude Garland is a wonderful way to bring the family together and celebrate the meaningful moments and people in your lives. It's a simple yet powerful reminder that gratitude can be found in the everyday things around us. This Thanksgiving, let your home be adorned with the warmth of shared appreciation. Happy crafting and Happy Thanksgiving! 🍂🌟



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