So now that its the first of November, I’ll be printing out our Thanksgiving coloring pictures and putting them in a folder for the little kids to choose from each day. It’s time for Thanksgiving celebrations to begin. And while it seems like the rest of the world is rushing ahead to Christmas at full speed, we are slowing down, and relishing the gift of life together. At least thats what I hope my kids walk away with. I guess only time will tell.
At our house, the celebration starts with these beautiful Thanksgiving coloring pictures for my kids to enjoy as we begin talking about Thankfulness, reading verses about Thanksgiving in the Bible, and preparing our hearts for a season of gratitude for all the blessings we’ve been given. I’ve found that giving the kids a coloring page and some markers or crayons helps them be still as they listen to God’s word or even picture books and stories about Thanksgiving!
Since this set includes some imagery from the first Thanksgiving, its perfect to give the kids when you are reading about the history of the holiday. You will notice that our free Thanksgiving coloring pages are simple and basic lines so that even the youngest child can enjoy coloring them, while older children still enjoy the detail and variety this set provides, since it is not all turkeys.
Children will love seeing their works of art displayed prominently in your home as the holiday approaches too. Set aside a wall or sliding glass door to hang up the various thanksgiving worksheets and coloring pages they are finishing. Its really exciting when Grandma and Grandpa or visiting friends notice their handiwork!
I know some of you are saying – but my kids don’t even like coloring pictures! And I know that is for sure true of some kids. One of my favorite memories of my oldest was watching her sit and color and draw and cut and paste for hours at the kitchen table with her little brother and sister. They followed her lead and every time I got all the stuff out it was at least a couple hours of peace! Today, my oldest is getting her degree in Graphic Communications and still enjoys creating and making on a daily basis.
So, that was my three oldest children who are now teens, and it doesn’t quite work like that for my youngest three. But, if for no other reason than peace for mom, it is worth working with your kids to see if they can learn to enjoy coloring and creating. If not our Thanksgiving Coloring Pictures though, you might have more luck getting them to sit still with this set of free Thanksgiving Lego challenges.
If you are wondering how else you might display your child’s finished thanksgiving coloring pictures, you might consider letting them color with marker, and then cutting out around the image. Then you can laminate the picture, and hang it in a window to collect light. They are to opaque to make stained glass, but they are pretty that way none-the-less. You could also simply mount on card stock to set them apart from the wall and make them a little more special. It looks like a pretty, colorful frame that way and adds to the holiday feel. Or consider spiral binding the coloring pages and making a little book to keep for remembering. Kids love this!