This year I decided that I want to focus more on Thanksgiving and helping my kids be grateful for all of the blessings and good things in their lives. I had two ideas that I wanted to do, and then I thought — why not combine the two?? A Thanksgiving Countdown Bunting.
I think my favorite part of this project was coming up with ideas for our family to do to celebrate the Thanksgiving Season. I also asked on my FB page for some ideas and there so many wonderful things that YOU do. So I included some of those in the activities at the end. And I asked my kids for some ideas THEY want to do.
You can make as many pockets as you want. I made 20, but you could make one for every day in the month of November, or you could make less. It just depends on what you prefer. Each day I have an activity and some of the days I tucked a treat in the pocket or a little gift. My kids are so excited about this idea!!
Tuck an activity into each pocket, and/or a little Thanksgiving treat.
Here’s how to make the Countdown Bunting:
1. I used Riley Blake fabric – so cute!**
2. I made a rounded bunting template — it is 4 inches wide and 6 inches long.
3. I made a template for the pockets — 4 inches square.
4. I cut out the fabric for the buntings and the pockets.
5. I ironed the edges under on the pockets.
6. I sewed the packet onto the front of each of the pennants.
7. Then I sewed the front and back of the bunting together and then folded the edges together at the top and sewed that shut.
8. Then my sewing machine died, so I had to hot glue the ribbon on instead of sewing it.
9. I used my Silhouette to cut out the letters for the banner. But if you don’t have a Silhouette, you can stencil on the letters.
10. After that I ironed the letters onto the fabric.
11. The last thing I did was add a couple of flowers to the banner.
And my favorite part? Thinking up the activities for our family to do. I also loved getting my kids involved so they thought up some fun things they wanted to do as a family this month as we get ready for Thanksgiving!!
Here are 28 Thanksgiving Grateful Activities
(Thanksgiving Activities — print these off, cut them out and put each one in the pennant pockets, or create your own!!)
- Make Tom Turkey Cupcakes — http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/sweet-t-o-m-turkeys-687045/
- Send a special relative a holiday letter.
- Collect items for shoebox gifts at Operation Christmas for children in different parts of the world — http://www.facebook.com/OCCshoeboxes?sk=wall
- Take a family walk. Collect pinecones or Fall leaves and make a festive decoration.
- Make Hand and Feet Turkeys — http://fun.familyeducation.com/thanksgiving/childrens-art-activities/35218.html?detoured=1
- Go visit residents at a senior home. Bring them a homemade treat.
- Bake your favorite kind of cookie and take them to a friend or neighbor. Ring the doorbell and leave them on their step.
- Rake an elderly neighbor or widow’s leaves.
- Volunteer as a family at your local food bank. If your kids aren’t old enough, leave them at a sitter. instead of date night spend it helping others.
- Buy some socks and gloves and drop them off at the local shelter.
- Do something special for your child’s teacher or babysitter.
- Take all the cash you can find from the house — under the cushions, in pockets, purses and the car and donate it to your local children’s hospital.
- Try out that new pie recipe as a test run for the big day. Make an extra one and drop it off at a friend’s home.
- Call your Mom, Dad or sister, tell them how much you love them.
- Volunteer at your local soup kitchen. Take your kids if they are old enough. It’s something they will never forget.
- Call your grandparents, or have your kids call THEIR grandparents.
- Have your kids clean out their toys, clean them and take them down to your local goodwill for less fortunate children.
- Have your children make something special for their dad.
- Watch your favorite holiday movie together as a family.
- If the weather is nice enough, go for a family bike ride. If not, go sledding together or for a walk.
- Read your favorite Thanksgiving book together. If you don’t have one, check one out at the library and read it.
- Go over to your local school or church and clean up the playground or grounds. Pull weeds, pick up trash.
- Make baby blankets or gifts and donate them to your local women’s shelter.
- Adopt a family this Christmas. Or even one child. Have your children be involved in thinking out and buying their presents.
- Make your family’s favorite soup. Eat dinner together and talk about what you are grateful for.
- Go caroling in your neighborhood or at a local retirement home.
- Make a list of ten reasons you love your spouse and leave them under his/her pillow.
- Collect canned foods from friends and donate it to the local food bank.
**Be sure to check out the fun contest at Riley Blake Fabrics. You have until November 9th to enter a project using their fabric in a home decor project and you can win a beautiful cruiser bike.
PS — I’m linking up to these fun parties!!