Looking for a fun way to keep the kids busy while waiting for dinner this Thanksgiving? Have them create a Thanksgiving tablecloth! Provide them with a few Thanksgiving writing and drawing prompts to get them started. This activity is great because it is suitable for all ages. *This post was originally published 11/18/2017 and updated on 11/14/2019.
We did Thanksgiving hand drawings and a jumbo Thankful tree! It's also great for just doodling or playing games like tic tac toe on.
Kid-made Thanksgiving Tablecloth Drawing Activity
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Roll out the butcher paper so it cover the entire table surface plus enough along the edges to tuck under the table. Once cut, fold the paper edges underneath the table and secure with masking tape.
Set out coloring supplies. Other items that would be fun to include are stickers, stencils, ruler and so on.
Thanksgiving Writing and Drawing Prompts Ideas
1. Ask the kids to trace their hands and color them in to look like turkeys. You could also have them write what they are thankful for on the feathers.
2. Draw a Gratitude Tree. Make a simple tree outline and write the phrase, "I Am Thankful For..." On the leaves, have the kids take turns coloring and adding something they are thankful for.
3. Ask them to freehand draw a turkey and other 'Fall Friends' such as an owl, fox, hedgehog, and so on.
4. Have the kids write their names in a vertical line and write something they are thankful for that start with each letter. Another idea would be to write Fall/Thanksgiving words or character traits. Alternatively, write a Thanksgiving phrase instead of their names in a vertical line (example: G-O-B-B-L-E).
5. Wouldn't it be fun to have them draw their own placemats?
6. Make it festive by asking them to draw things such as leaves, pie, corn, and other Thanksgiving meal items.
Our kid-made Thanksgiving tablecloth was created by my kids and four of their cousins. It gave them something fun to do while waiting to eat. It was fun to see what each of them created/wrote for the Thanksgiving writing and drawing prompts suggested.
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