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How to Create a “Thankful Board” with Your Family

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By Shelby Burr

Thanksgiving: the expression of gratitude. During your holiday season, what is it that you’re most thankful for? Friends, family, full stomach, warm bed, roof over your head, etc. are all incredible things to be thankful for.

 

Through this time of Thanksgiving, why not express your appreciation and gratitude in a way so everyone can see? Creating a Thankful Board is great for the entire family and helps you reflect on all the blessings you have had this past year. Super easy, super fun. You're bound to share good memories and conversations with those who add to the board!

 

Thankful Hands

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

 

  • A Corkboard (Can be found at your nearest craft store)
  • Thumb tacks
  • Construction paper (colors of your choice)
  • Scissors
  • Marker

    Steps:

     

    1. Take your construction paper, color of your choice, and trace out your hand with your marker
    2. Once your hand is traced, begin to cut out your construction paper hand
    3. You can decorate your cutout hand to look like a turkey by adding eyes and a beak to the thumb of your cut out or you can have your hands look like leaves by selecting red, orange and yellow paper!
    4. Next, write what you are thankful for in the palm of your paper hand.
    5. Use a thumb tack to place your gratitude on the corkboard
    6. Your thankful board is complete!

      Thankful Turkey

         

        Here’s what you’ll need:

         

        • A Cork board (Can be found at your nearest craft store)
        • Thumb tacks
        • Construction paper (all colors)
        • Scissors
        • Marker
        • Glue Stick

         

        Steps:

         

        • Take a brown piece of construction paper and cut out the turkey's body: similar to the shape of a bowling pin.
        • Next, take a piece of yellow or orange construction paper and cut out a beak
        • Lastly, take another sheet of yellow or orange construction paper and cut out the feet
        • With your glue stick, glue on the beak and feet to the body of the turkey
        • Take your marker and draw two circles for eyes
        • For the feathers, take different colors of construction paper and cut them into almond shapes or trace your hand and cut out
        • Tack your turkey onto cork board
        • Write what you are thankful for on each feather/hand and begin to tack your feathers around the turkey

         

         

        Thankful Board Paper

         

        Here’s what you’ll need:

         

        • Large piece of white paper
        • Markers
        • Decorative Tape
        • Mason Jar

         

        Steps:

         

        • Take your large piece of paper and write "What We Are Thankful For” in the center with your markers
        • Take paper and tape and find a spot on the fridge or on a wall
        • Tape four corners of the paper and place four strips of tape over each corner
        • Leave the markers out in a mason jar or basket next to the board, so your family members/friends can add what they are thankful for when they please!
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