Inside: Create a simple toddler thankful banner using colorful leaves, glue, and pom poms. A festive decoration to hang in the classroom! Comes with free printable labels.
Thanksgiving is the time to focus on what we are thankful for, but this can be hard for toddlers to grasp.
You might have already experienced asking them what they are thankful for and they look at you with a blank face and then move on to something else.
This can happen with 3 year olds as well.
There are simpler ways of working on thankfulness with young children, and this toddler thankful banner is an example.
Plus, it’s a fun way to make a decoration for the fall!
👉 Note: I’ve provided free printable labels to go with this toddler thankful banner. You can find them towards the bottom of this post.
The idea to make this toddler thankful banner came from the friendship banner we made in September.
We all loved it so much that I wanted to make another banner for Thanksgiving!
How to Make a Toddler Thankful Banner for Thanksgiving
Watch the video:
What we used:
Leaves cut out of construction paper (printable towards bottom of this post)
Small colorful pom poms (or anything you’d like to use)
White washable glue tinted with some paint (see video below)
Labels ( printable towards bottom of this post)
Preparing this toddler thankful banner:
Cut leaves from construction paper.
Tint glue desired colors by adding a bit of tempera paint to the bottles.
You can see how it’s done in this video:
Before starting this activity, we read some simple thankful books during circle time.
I then shared what made me happy.
And then I asked each of the children.
“Going to the park.”
“Mommy and Daddy.”
And then, it was time to invite the children to decorate a leaf.
I squirted colored glue on the leaf and the toddlers spread it around the paper leaf using a paintbrush.
Then, it was time to add the mini pom poms.
Notice in the photo below how the thumb and index finger are pinching the pom pom?
This is a wonderful way to work on those fine motor skills!
Once the children were finished adding their pom poms, I let them dry completely.
I then added the children’s names on their leaves, punched a hole on either side of the leaves, and then joined them using brads.
I added the “We are Thankful” label in the middle of the banner.
And then I hung it in our classroom window.
I just love how you can see the same colors in the landscape on the other side of the window!
I love using my students’ work to decorate our classroom!
Free printables to go with this activity:
More fall activities:
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