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Thankful Hands Thanksgiving Craft

This thankful hands Thanksgiving craft is a simple way to get children thinking about what they are thankful for as we approach Thanksgiving.

Thankful Hands

We made these Thankful Hands to get the kids focused on gratitude in preparation for Thanksgiving this year. I originally intended to string these up as a garland (see previous post), but always-opinionated Emma disapproved. I think her idea of putting them up on the window is pretty cool.

How to Make a Thankful Hands Thanksgiving Craft

Here are the materials we used for this craft:
I cut out six tracings of Emma’s hand and six of Johnny’s hand. Then Emma told me what to write on each hand. I was having a hard time explaining the terms thankful and grateful to her, so we settled on things she and Johnny like. Things Johnny liked went on Johnny’s hands; those Emma liked went on her hands.
Here’s what Emma came up with:
Johnny’s handprints:
  • Emma
  • Dada
  • Mama
  • Milk
  • Baby food
  • Cuddles

Emma’s handprints:

  • Johnny
  • Dada
  • Mama
  • Trees and the leaves that fall down
  • Emma’s food
  • Mama’s ring

Have you ever made a thankful hands Thanksgiving craft like this? How about another gratitude focused Thanksgiving craft? We have since made gratitude chains and this very simple gratitude tree.

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MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

4 thoughts on “Thankful Hands Thanksgiving Craft”

  1. I echo Catherine’s comment–there is a lot to be thankful for about your ring, though! Everything is symbolizes… That’s so great :)

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