Thanksgiving story bracelet

The Thanksgiving story bracelet project has been sitting around for few years now. I totally fogot about this cute and memorable storytime activity. As I was reorganising my autumn activity box I came across with this well-prepared but overlooked task. I was more than happy to introduced it to the girls before this year’s Thanksgiving.

What you need:

  • a printed copy of the story
  • 8 coloured beads (white, blue, green, black, brown, red, yellow, orange)
  • neutral colour of pipecleaner ( we used white, but elastic fishing line could be good)

How you make it:

Opening the story

I started to read the story and when a colour was mentioned they threaded that colour of bead onto their pipecleaner. (At first we used the elastic fishing line but it didn’t work out for us.)

As the story went on more and more beads got onto the pipecleaner. The kids had to pay attention to the story as the colours represented certain ideas, happenings in the Thanksgiving story.

I didn’t make the girls retell the story, but with older kids you can use the bracelet for reciting the happenings of the first Thanksgiving.

A fun and creative activity that my girls really enjoyed and they also learned a lot about the background of this important US tradition.

Corn craft

Little L. wanted to do some craft out of the blue. As Thanksgiving is coming I came up with the idea of a corn craft. It’s popular food on the Thanksgiving table in the US.

While we were making our corn project, we were talking about Thanksgiving. Families and friends come together and thank for all the happiness, and blessings in their lives with a big feast.

Other foods they serve are turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, carrots, corn and cranberry sauce among many others.

So after having drawn the corn and its leaves, we glued the corn’s inside and sprinkled it with dry corn kernels. Like every year, I explained that corn kerners are not the seeds of the plant, but inside the kernel you can find the seed.

While we were adding the corn, E. also joined us. I spelt out C-O-R-N as I was writing it on the top of my page and Little L also made a C on hers.

E. decided to write der Mais on the top of her page (she does enjoy her German studies at school).

While having fun with the corn craft, in the background the Thanksgiving playlist was going.

And here are our final final art works: