Is the Thanksgiving Turkey Done Yet?
What can you and your guests do with your time while the Thanksgiving turkey and all of its trimmings are being prepared? Start your own tradition. Make your own Thanksgiving Family Quilt.
Quilts have long been a cherished possession. Quilts are passed down from generation to generation. Quilts tell family stories. Quilts provide a sense of self and self-esteem. Thanksgiving is our time to reflect on our family journeys. We give thanks for the many blessings we have received in Thanksgiving prayer.
Why not display these messages of thanks in a quilt? This activity allows for all the creativity you can muster. Make it your own family quilt. If you are entertaining friends and neighbors, make a friendship quilt to include them as part of your family. Endless possibilities.
The materials and suggestions here are but a few. There are lots of materials that can be used including traditional fabric squares and family photos. I am going to leave that up to you. The quilt, like most quilts, are in progress. You can enlarge it with each Thanksgiving.
- Squares of multi-color, sturdy construction/scrapbook paper for squares. You can choose. Perhaps some fabric with family meaning is preferred.
- Crayons, markers, color pencils
- Scissors, paper punch, glue and glue sticks, ruler or paper cutter, toothpicks, craft sticks…
- Decorations like ribbon, stickers, labels, family photos…
- A skein of yarn
- A sturdy backing such as poster board or a canvas?
- Ahead of Thanksgiving Day, collect a box of supplies for everyone to use to decorate a square, or squares, on your family quilt. Decoration ideas are endless.
- Trace and cut out handprints of the children, or entire family if desired
- Cut squares of sturdy paper to the size of your choosing
- Punch holes along the sides of the squares. Hint: you might want to reinforce your holes with a little tape.
- To save time, prior to Thanksgiving Day, take your yarn and lace the squares together to form the quilt. Hint: you might want to wrap the tip of the yarn with a little piece of tape to keep it from fraying as you lace.
- Most importantly, have each family member write something they are thankful for to place on a square or squares. Older family members can be ‘scribes’ for younger children.
FAMILY CALL TO ACTION: Share your creations on Buckaroo Buckeye’s Facebook page! Family and culture build self-esteem. Self-esteem plays a very important role in reading success. Please Share. HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all and don’t forget to reach out to those in need.