Multicultural Thanksgiving Craft For Kids

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Learning about the world outside their comfort zone is a essential lesson for children of all ages. Blending geography lessons into art projects is just one way to do it. Although my son is still a little young to get the full objective of this project, he had fun with the art work and we have been saying “Merci” and “Mahalo” all day instead of “Thank You”. With older children you can pull out a map and choose countries from it, then look up how they say thank you for your own wreath.
  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate , multiple pieces of construction paper, scissors, glue, a permanent marker, and your choice of water colors or crayons.
  2. Start my tracing your child’s hand or having them do it themselves. I traced mine first thing this morning and as he was eating breakfast I use it to trace all the other hand prints I needed. Trying to get him to stay still for one hand print was hard enough!
  3. Trace out at least 4 but more is better!
  4. Find all different ways people say thanks. If you have a toddler you will probably want to do this yourself, but I encourage parents with children able to understand to grab a map and explain that in that country children don’t say “Thank you ” in English, instead they speak ______ and say ______ . ( Edited to add Navajo word for Thank You = Ahéhee’)
  5. Write the “Thank Yous” in permanent marker in the middle of the hands.
  6. Have your child decorate the hands. We are using watercolor crayons but plain water color paint works wonderfully and crayons work in a pinch, as would light colored paint. You just don’t want to cover up the words.
  7. Have your child decorate the paper plate.
  8. While they work on the plate cut out the hand prints.
  9. Cut out the middle of the plate.
  10. Time to glue! I put a few globs on where the hands needed to go to guide my son, older kids obviously can do this themselves.
  11. Let dry and add a ribbon!

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Whoever You Are by Mem Fox gives me goosebumps and brought me to tears when I was a homesick Canadian teaching in St. Louis. The book is simple and talks about the differences of little children all over the world, but focuses on what they all have in common. There are beautiful illustrations that show children in all different cultures from around the globe with a sing song story to carry you along. It is a wonderful companion to the activity today.


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  1. Julie says

    Hi, I was wondering how old your little one is. My youngest is 15 months and I am wondering at what age he can do this…he puts EVERYTHING in his mouth now, so I am a bit hesitant about some stuff… thanks for your ideas!

  2. Allie says

    Johanna- I know I was so happy I caught it!

    Julie – My son will be 2 on Sunday, but we started when he was 15 months. I would love to say he doesn’t put things in his mouth but I’d be lying. He puts so much in his mouth still. I roll with it , making sure that I use non toxic materials, and there are no choking hazards. So maybe for you start with finger paint, bug chunky stamps, sponge painting ( with sturdy sponges that don’t bite off) etc… then move into other things as they able.

    Lizapest – Thank you !

  3. [email protected] says

    This is so creative, I love it!!!

  4. MoziEsmé says

    We are definitely trying this one out next week – thanks!

    We started with markers when Esme was 5 months – she only really got into them -scribbling on her own without tons of encouragement -at about 11 months. From that point on crafts have been fun -even if Mommy does most of it and all she does is color or paint. And like you, I just roll with it as far as putting things in the mouth. We don’t use much crayon for that reason – the markers and paint work better since they are not as chewable.


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