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thanksgiving crafts

Making a Gratitude Book is a fun Thanksgiving craft idea that will be sure to teach kids about gratitude. Not only is it fun, but the possibilities for personalization and materials are endless! We made our look like a turkey complete with scrap paper feathers, but you could also decorate yours with leaves or other items.

Thanksgiving craft

This is a great opportunity to discuss the topic of waste and recycling and the fun of finding ways to reuse and repurpose things we take for granted. Sure, you can go to the craft store for feathers and things, but it is much more fun to cut the shapes out of packaging that you’d not normally not take a second look at and turn them into something else! You can also discuss the less obvious things we can be thankful for such as the box that keeps the Cheerios crunchy or the power that makes the toaster work for the Eggos.

Thanksgiving craft


  • Brown paper lunch bags
  • Empty food containers or waste paper for feathers
  • Stapler
  • Markers, paint, crayons, etc.
  • Scissors


Decide how many pages you want your book to be. Stack the bags on top of each other and fold them in half. Staple along the fold to make a spine. Than decorate!


gratitude book

So if you enjoyed the thanksgiving craft, you’ll like these others too:

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You can also find projects like this on our Instagram page!

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