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My girls love helping me decorate for each holiday or season. I try to find something to decorate for each month. We took a decorating break over the summer because our sweet little baby boy arrived. With the craziness of school and Hurricane Irma we never got around to decorating until October and Halloween. Thanksgiving and fall in general is hands down my favorite holiday/time of year to decorate for! Last week we made an Easy Thanksgiving Garland for Toddlers.
Crafting an Easy Thanksgiving Garland for Toddlers is made simple by using die cut foam leaves,pumpkins, and turkeys. normally, I get our foam shapes for garland at the Dollar Tree but they did not have any Thanksgiving or fall shapes. I purchased the 1 pack of each foam shape at the Hobby Lobby. We used orange twine that I found at the Dollar Tree.
The girls were a little disappointed that we could not find any glittery shapes like we usually do. We decided to add our own glitter to the pumpkins and turkeys to make them cuter. To be honest, the brown foam turkeys were kinda boring compared to our sparkly, colorful ones!
Easy Thanksgiving Garland for Toddlers is a great way for them to exercise their fine motor skills and practice some other skills like tying.
Easy Thanksgiving Garland for Toddlers
- Die cut Thanksgiving shapes (leaves, pumpkins, turkeys etc)
- Twine in orange
- Hole punch
- Tape Measure
- Measure the area you want to hang the garland.
- Double that length and measure and cut the twine.
- Use the hole punch to punch a hole in the top of each Thanksgiving shape.
- Tie a loop and knot with the twine to anchor the chain and keep it from coming undone.
- Create a pattern using your Thanksgiving shapes.
- Add the Thanksgiving shapes on spacing them out a couple of inches and tie simple slip knots on them.
- At the end of the chain, tie a loop and knot to anchor the chain and keep it from coming undone.
- Hang up your garland.
What your toddler can do
- Cut the twine with safety scissors. (fine motor skill)
- Punch holes in the Thanksgiving shapes. (fine motor skill)
- Thread the twine through the holes in the Thanksgiving shapes. (fine motor skill)
- Pull the twine through the holes to string the Thanksgiving shapes. (fine motor skill)
- Create a pattern. (math skill)
- Tie simple slip knots. (fine motor skill and life skill)
Basically, all your toddlers need you for is supervising and maybe tying the knots! 🙂 LOL!
Both of my girls were allowed to use the scissors and hole punch. Now that both girls have mastered the using a hole punch, they have to take turns using it. It can lead to some fighting but it also allows them to conflict resolve on their own. The pattern the girls created was leaf, pumpkin, leaf, turkey.
We had enough Thanksgiving shapes to make 2 garlands. One for our entryway into the living room and one for over the bar. Be sure to stop by my Kids Crafts page where I will be linking all our crafts.
Do you decorate for Thanksgiving? Do your kids enjoy crafting with you?
Have a great day!
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