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Makerspace Monday: Thanksgiving at Home

The COVID surge has derailed the Thanksgiving plans of families across the country this year. So how can we celebrate? Here are some Thanksgiving activities that families can try at home.

Family Reunion T-shirts     

Make matching t-shirts for a virtual family reunion this year using Sahu’s Solutions’ simple directions. You’ll need cotton t-shirts, cardboard, large clips, white carbon paper, fabric paint, white paper, and a pencil.

Handprint/Footprint Turkey      

Michelle at Crafty Morning explains how to make a keepsake handprint and footprint turkey with white paper, paint, construction paper, and googly eyes.

No-Bake Thanksgiving Treats

Lee Perez transforms crackers into Thanksgiving acorns with frosting, chocolate candy kisses, and more in her EASY DIY No Bake Thanksgiving Treat Ideas! video with recipes that kids can try. For fancy no-bake desserts, like caramel pecan pumpkin cake and dark chocolate pumpkin truffles, see Ellie Martin Cliffe’s collection of 40 Amazing No-Bake Thanksgiving Desserts at Taste of Home.  

StoryWalk®

Share a favorite family story outside for your neighbors to read and enjoy by constructing a StoryWalk® at the edge of your sidewalk for Thanksgiving. 

Thanksgiving Cards  

Show your gratitude with words and art by making a Thanksgiving card. It’s Me, JD uses inks, stamps, painter’s tape, stencils, cutouts, gems and sequins on card stock to make one-of-a-kind handmade Thanksgiving cards.

Turkey Trot  

Join a virtual turkey trot this year and run outside while you raise money for families in need. 

Anastasia Suen reads, edits, and writes books for all ages from her makerspace at home in Northern California. She has been teaching children’s book writing workshops since 1999, writing for Booklist since 2004, and managing the Carnival of Children’s Literature since 2010. Follow her on Twitter at @AnastasiaSuen

[Editor’s note: Want some books to go with your craftstravaganza? As Books for Youth associate editor Ronny Khuri writes in the latest issue of Quick Tips, Thanksgiving is a good time to reflect upon American history and separate myth from reality when it comes to the plight of Native Americans.” Try supplementing any of the above crafts with this selection of books for all ages, which feature accurate and sensitive portrayals of Native people.]

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