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Simple Crafts for Kids to Display Gratitude this Thanksgiving

This year has been quite the year! Need I say more?

I’m sure you have all kinds of thoughts about how this year has not gone as originally planned. Through everything, though, I know I still have a lot to be thankful for. And every morning I thank God for what I do have.

I think Thanksgiving Day serves as a reminder for many to focus on the blessings they have in their lives. So, I figured I’d round up some simple Thanksgiving crafts to do with kids I’ve shared before that show gratitude for what we have.

Thankful Tree

Thankful Tree
Thankful Tree

Each year, my daughters and I create our own thankful tree using a small artificial tree, construction paper, a hole punch, yarn, and writing utensils. We write one item we are thankful for on each of the little tags, which we display on the tree.

You don’t need an actual tree to create a thankful tree, though. You could use construction paper to create your own tree (like the fall leaves one my daughters and I created below).

Fall and winter activities

Thankful Chain

thankful chain
Thankful Chain

Not only are these thankful chains a great way to decorate your house with what you are thankful for, but they can also promote cutting, writing, colors, and pattern making practice for the little ones.

I wrote step-by-step instructions on making a thankful chain in a post published on Hands On As We Grow. You can check it out if you are interested here: Make Your Own Simple Thankful Chain for Thanksgiving.

Thankful Wreath

Thankful Wreath
Thankful Wreath

And another fun fall-inspired decoration. Again, I created step-by-step instructions for this thankful wreath, which was published on Hands On As We Grow. If interested, click here: Kid Made Thankful Wreath to Show Gratitude.

With everything going on this year,

what is (at least) one thing you are thankful for?

Writing Appearances

How to Make Writing Numbers (and Math) Fun

Yes, it is possible to make math worksheets fun. But, kids don’t always want to do worksheets (even if they are fun). Can you blame them?

How to Make Writing Numbers Fun

My most recent post published on Hands On As We Grow is a fun way to teach children how to write numbers. You are welcome to see the directions for these math-related homemade sensory bags here.

How to Make Writing Numbers Fun

If you are looking for more hands-on math fun, make sure to check out the following:

Hands On Math: The Hungry Jar (The Old Schoolhouse Magazine)

Math Memorization Fun (The Old Schoolhouse Magazine)

Simple Number Car Line Race to Teach Math (Hands On As We Grow)

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Simple Science Experiments for Kids in the Kitchen

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My daughters and I have done a lot of science experiments together over the years!

Some of them we have only done once. I don’t think I’ll ever soak chicken bones in vinegar again. Not sure if we did something wrong, but that reeked!

Other science experiments have been so much fun (and simple) to do that we have done them multiple times. One such experiment is elephant toothpaste.

You can make your own elephant toothpaste using the step-by-step directions I provided on Hands On As We Grow (here). Make sure to scroll towards the bottom of that post if you’d like to download a PDF that includes the needed supplies and directions.

I also recently wrote an article for The Old Schoolhouse magazine about some more fun science experiments to do in the kitchen.

Make sure to check out “Science in the Kitchen” if you are interested in experimenting with roux, toast, yeast, and baking powder in your own kitchen.

All of the science experiments I shared in that article were adapted from the book The Science Chef: 100 Fun Food Experiments and Recipes for Kids and the course Breadmaking Devotional (found on

I also mentioned some additional books that encourage science in the kitchen including a few cookbooks for kids. Here they are for easy reference:

So, learn how to make elephant toothpaste here. And check out some fun science in the kitchen experiments here.

I’d love to hear what your favorite simple science experiment is. Please let me know in the comments below.

For even more simple science experiments, make sure to check out these posts:


Reading Journals Now Available at Rainbow Resource Center

Reading Journals are now available online through Rainbow Resource Center! Click here to see all of the available options.

Reading Journals Available on Rainbow Resource Center

These large 8.5″ x 11″ softcover reading journals have space to record a total of 100 books.

The interior contents include:

  • Total of 124 pages
  • A page to write the name of the journal owner
  • Personalized Table of Contents – journal owner writes the title of each book on the line next to its number to easily refer back to specific books
  • Letter to the reader explaining each section, what the different numbers of stars mean for rating books, the difference between fiction and nonfiction books with examples, and some ideas to include in the section to write additional thoughts and comments
  • 100 pages to record 100 different books with space to:
    • write the book title, author, and number of pages
    • color in stars for a personalized book rating
    • fill in a circle next to the word fiction or nonfiction
    • write the date started and date ended
    • write any additional thoughts or comments about the book (with your choice of thin ruled lines or wide ruled lines)
  • Pages to record new words and definitions
  • Pages to write the titles of books to read in the future

Check out this post to see pictures of the interior.

What will you read next?

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Learn More about Publishing at the Upcoming KidLit Indie Publishing Summit

Are you interested in publishing a book? Or are you looking for more information about self-publishing?

If you answered yes to either (or both) of these questions, make sure to check out the upcoming KidLit Indie Publishing Summit!

If you are reading this after the summit but are still interested in learning more about publishing, please look on my courses page. There may be something for you there!

KidLit Indie Publishing Summit

Even though the 15 speakers span across four continents and six countries, there is no need to travel to attend the KidLit Indie Publishing Summit. It is entirely virtual. No travel costs. No lodging fees. You can watch the entire summit from the comfort of your own home!

Learn more about the speakers here.

I had the privilege of creating and presenting one of the webinars for the summit. It is titled Using KDP Print and IngramSpark to Publish Children’s Books (And Should You Use Their Free ISBNs and Barcodes?).

This particular webinar may be for you if you want basic information about:

  • KDP Print
  • IngramSpark
  • Tips for using both KDP Print and IngramSpark to publish print books
  • Print-on-demand publishing
  • Expanded distribution
  • ISBNs
  • Barcodes

This is just one of the sixteen webinars that will be available during the summit. All of the webinars are focused on information about creating books, the printing process, illustrating your book, and book marketing.

Learn more about the available webinars here.

And best of all, the entire summit is free to watch for a limited period of time. Make sure to claim your spot for the KidLit Indie Publishing Summit here.

As an added bonus, all KidLit Indie Publishing Summit attendees should be receiving a coupon code for a discounted price on my recently released course Choosing the Best Publishing Option for You and Your Book: Traditional Publishing, Hybrid Publishing, or Self-Publishing?

Choosing the Best Publishing Option for You and Your Book

Make sure to check out the KidLit Indie Publishing Summit for more information.

Like I had mentioned before, if you are reading this after the summit but are still interested in learning more about publishing, please look on my courses page. There may be something for you there!

To your publishing success!