Happy Thanksgiving: DIY Thanksgiving Placemat for Kids | What are you thankful for?
The art of the harvest festival focuses on traditional images that symbolize the original meaning of the festival. To understand the origins of the art of Thanksgiving, let’s travel back in time to the origins of this special holiday. The specific origin of the holiday is controversial, but here is one of the most popular legends surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday:
Imagine you’re one of the first pilgrims to colonize America. After a long journey across the Atlantic, you arrive on the coast of America and work hard to build your house. You have many seeds from England, so you dig a large garden using the same growing methods that you and your ancestors used in England centuries ago. Unfortunately, your crops are failing. Your family is desperate for food. So what do you do?
Fortunately, the Native Americans realize that you and the other colonists are facing many difficulties. They pity you, so they generously share their native seeds and show you how to grow crops in your new home. You finally managed to bring in a rich harvest! It’s time to celebrate! What better way to honor your new friends than to create a holiday where you can thank them for all they have done for you. It’s a time of gratitude for having enough food, and it’s also a time of gratitude for the many blessings in your life.
Whether this generous exchange between pilgrims and Native Americans is historically accurate or a made-up legend (or a little of both), images of both pilgrims and Native Americans are an important part of Thanksgiving iconography. Thanksgiving arts and crafts projects for children often include making headbands from Native American feathers and Native American pilgrim hats.
Other important symbols of Thanksgiving art are
Images of a bountiful harvest
The food, especially a banquet at the dining room table
Pumpkins and pumpkin pie
Here are some fun ideas for Thanksgiving art:
Color the images of pilgrims, turkeys, and cornucopias. You can hang the finished paintings on your door or on your refrigerator.
Draw a child’s hand on a piece of paper. The four fingers become the feathers of a turkey, and the thumb becomes the turkey’s head. The child can color the turkey accordingly.
Hand-colored Thanksgiving name tags with pictures of turkeys and autumn leaves (as shown in the picture above). These name tags can be used to sit around the dining room table.
Arrange a display of foods like pumpkin, corn, and apples in a basket and place it as the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving table.
Create a wreath to hang on your door. You can teach your child to make a wreath by drawing on construction paper, or you can make a wreath from dried twigs intertwined with flowers or other festive items.
Hey friends! Thanksgiving is around the corner and I can already taste the turkey, ham, and pumpkin pie in my mouth! I can not wait, so I am getting ready by thinking about what I’m thankful for!
Here is an awesome placemat to use at the dinner table while surrounded by loved ones, eating your delicious meal. On my plate, I drew my parents, my dog, my house, school, and Disneyland! You can draw or cut out pictures to show what you are thankful for. You can even write words, a story, or a poem. It is all up to you! Be creative! Use this placemat as an opportunity to talk with your family and friends.
I typed the words “Happy Thanksgiving” and “What I’m thankful for…” on the computer and printed it out, along with a spoon, fork, and plate. My napkin is just a square sheet up construction paper, folded in half. For my cup, I traced out two circles of different sizes and used a rectangle for a straw.
I had a typo on my placemat. Lesson learned: always spell-check! The computer is not gonna know if you typed something wrong (even though it looks correct).
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