Family Gratitude Keepsake & Easy Turkey Craft for Kids

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It’s the day before families gather nationwide to pause and be grateful. In the midst of our crazy, hectic schedules  it’s easy to forget all the blessings we have. One idea to remember your blessings from year to year is to start a Family Gratitude Book. At Thanksgiving each member of the family writes in the book what she or he is grateful for. Make sure you write the date at the top of the list. Year after year, you will be adding memories that you can look back on and remember. It is especially rewarding to remember what kids wrote when they were little (especially if now they are grown up with their own children) or what family members who have passed on have written. Your Family Gratitude Book becomes an heirloom for many generations.

Supplies for Family Gratitude Book:

  1. Notebook or Journal
  2. Pen
  3. Grateful Heart

Decorate Your Thanksgiving Table

If you would like little place holders or an easy-to-do craft for your kids, how about a Turkey made from a toilet paper tube?

Supplies for the Turkey toilet paper tube craft:

  1. Construction paper
  2. Markers, crayons or non-toxic paint
  3. Toilet paper tube
  4. Scissors (to be used by adults)
  5. Non-toxic glue
  6. Wiggly eyes (not to be used by children under 3 years of age)


  1. Cut feathers out of the construction paper
  2. Cut feet & beak from construction paper
  3. Glue feathers, feet, beak and wiggly eyes to the toilet paper tube. Toilet paper tube should be “standing” up vertically.
  4. Color Turkey as desired.

What fun Thanksgiving ideas do you have?

10 Responses to “Family Gratitude Keepsake & Easy Turkey Craft for Kids”

  1. Amy O November 26, 2010 at 10:04 pm #

    That is such a neat idea. I will have to try that next year. Wish I would have seen this idea earlier.

  2. Christy Newell November 27, 2010 at 11:17 am #

    LOVE IT! I think Logan & Kira will have to make one next year.

  3. MichelleH November 29, 2010 at 8:32 am #

    Thanks Christy! And thanks for being such a great Kolcraft fan. 🙂

  4. MichelleH November 29, 2010 at 8:32 am #

    Thanks Amy. You definitely have a leg up for next year. 🙂

  5. Lisa L November 29, 2010 at 2:58 pm #

    What a fun craft…I like that it’s super easy too! I’ll have to do it with my son next year =) I traced my son’s hand this year and just colored it in with him to make it look like a turkey, it’ll be fun to look at as he gets older.

  6. MichelleH November 30, 2010 at 8:34 am #

    That’s great that you did that. You are right – as he gets older it will be great to look back at this little hands that made the turkey craft!

  7. Kim Pollock December 7, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

    I thought I tried all the turkey crafts! This one is adorable and will save for next year. So easy to do too! Love it!

  8. MichelleH December 7, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    We love how easy it was Kim & we had so much fund doing it!

  9. Jay December 8, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    This is so cute, I will have to remember for next Thanksgiving.

  10. MichelleH December 8, 2010 at 4:43 pm #

    Thanks Jay!