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This Thanksgiving, give your kids the gift of gratitude by allowing them to reflect on the things they’re grateful for all year long and express them with this Thanksgiving wreath craft. There’s always room for more meaningful Thanksgiving décor!


  • Construction paper in strong fall colours (green, yellow, orange, and red)
  • Scissors 
  • Pencil 
  • Permanent marker
  • Glue


  • Help your child lay their hand down, fingers apart, and trace around it on the different colours of construction paper with a pencil.
  • Have them cut out a set of twelve hands – three from each of the four different construction paper colours.
  • Have your child practice their handwriting by writing down something or someone they are thankful for on each hand, from wrist to fingers. You can also add the months of the year and add something to be thankful for on each month.
  • Tilt each paper hand slightly and arrange the group in an overlapping circle to form a wreath shape.
  • Glue each wrist to the space between the thumb and the index finger. Let the glue dry.
  • Recognize your child’s reasons to be thankful and talk about the items together.
  • Hang the wreath where everyone can see and enjoy it.

Creative Learning Opportunities

  • Fine Motor Skills: Was it tricky to trace your hand? How did it feel to twist and turn the scissors to cut it out?
  • Social Emotional Development: What kinds of things are you thankful for?
  • Exploring Print: Practice your penmanship by writing what you are thankful for.
  • Recognizing Attributes and Characteristics: What colours of paper did you use to make your wreath? Did you arrange them in a certain order?
  • Engaging in Conversation: Make this craft the centre of conversation at your Thanksgiving dinner. Invite everyone to share what they’re most thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!
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