As autumn sets in and the crisp air is filled with swirling leaves and scents of pumpkin pie, we are reminded of family and togetherness. While the option for the big family gathering might be postponed this year, we wanted to provide a safe and fun way for you and your loved ones to spend Thanksgiving.
It is always important to be thankful for any and all good things in your life. This family-oriented arts and crafts project will help keep those people and things we are thankful for in our minds for the holiday season and beyond.
Thankfulness Stone: Search, and Remembrance Craft:
This project is for all ages and is intended to be done as a family activity.
For this project you will need
• A paper and pencil
• Protective covering for the surface you will be working on
• Small stones gathered from outside (or you can purchase stones
• Paintbrushes for every participant
• Kid-friendly paint in any colors you choose. (The best paints to use are washable acrylic paints)
• Nail polish remover or paint thinner for cleaning brushes used with non-washable paints
As anyone with small children knows, if there is paint in their vicinity, they will find a way to get it any and everywhere. We recommend that you cover the surface you will be working on as well as wearing clothes you don’t mind getting paint on.
Sit with your family and all the supplies and have them write, or say, people and things they are thankful for, and what they love about autumn. They can use this list to give them inspiration for what to paint on their stones. They can make a sketch of what they will be painting on the stone.
Give everyone a stone and have them paint the people and things they are thankful for, or what they love about autumn. Have them sign or put their initials the back of the stones with paint or marker.
Once the stones have dried, you can have a “Search for the Thankfulness Stones” game. Children and adults can team up to hide and/or seek the Stones of Thankfulness. We suggest making sure that if any children are involved in the hiding process, they have adult supervision so stones don’t end up in the garbage disposal or the toilet! If it is dry and clear, feel free to hide them around the house and yard to make the search more difficult!
In addition, these stones can be used as centerpieces during holiday meals, or decorations for the holiday season, as a reminder for what we are thankful for. Or, saved to pass on to your children when they are grown up.
You can also send them as holiday gifts to friends and family you might not be able to see this year. This is a great way to let them know they are loved and missed