Submitted by: Stephanie M. Corder, AZ Academy~ U.S. Virgin Islands
UNIT: Crafts - Thanksgiving
Lesson: Blessings Box
Grade Level: Pre-K, K
Inspired by a similar
project on Kinderart
- Ask each student to list 5 things they are thankful for, it can be
anything from “Mommy and Daddy” to one of my personal
favorites; “Pokemon” (remember these are 3-5 year old
kids, and the little things ARE important!)
- Teacher provides orange construction paper for students to draw an
illustration of one of the things on their list.
- Use poster board or any heavy paper to create the traditional
“Turkey” handprint; parents LOVE these!
- Print out copies of the poem I wrote (or write your own;)) I think
this year, I’ll each child hand write the poem.
- Paint (or write) each child’s list on individual rocks.
- Assemble, see photos.
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Students will create a box with a Thanksgiving
illustration to hold rocks painted with some the things they are
thankful for, reinforcing the meaning of thankfulness.
Milk cartons cut down to a box with a flap
Construction Paper (any color - Stephanie used orange)
Tempera Paint (brown, pink, blue, yellow, orange, red)
(this year, I’m planning on using paper scraps cut down
(Scissors, Glue, Tape - for assembling boxes)
By listing and illustrating five things they are
thankful for, students will begin learning the process of
expressing their ideas through specific use of media and themes.
Notes: Because I have VERY small classes, I was able
to assemble this project on my own without spending too much time
on it, for people with larger classes, you could have older
students or parent volunteers help.
made a special turkey
With my fingers painted
Pink, yellow, orange and blue
Here is my blessing box
With thanks from me to you!
is more of a craft project. It is something you could do
interdisciplinary with the classroom teacher. The hand print and
drawing could be done in the art room, while the classroom teacher
and parent volunteers (or older students) assembled the boxes.