I definitely had fun creating these mats for the kids to use at Thanksgiving. They did not take long to create and I felt like I could make a whole bunch of them! But I guess I made enough to keep the little ones busy! In addition, I created 9 coloring pages to use during this time, too! Present these with some crayons and pencils and the children would be happy campers! Well, one can only hope!
When they are done coloring, put these mats in a safe place. If you have more than one kid that would be using these, you may want to write their names somewhere on the mats. Then later, laminate them with contact paper so they can last longer.
- This first place mat helps children to be thankful. They can color the pictures on the mats as each picture is explained to them. Older kids who could read may enjoy these, too. To print – go here to Thankful Place Mat
As you may notice in the photo below, the images are printed in Landscape rather than portrait form to give a more “mat-ish” look. You can also glue these mats unto construction paper for a firmer backing.
- For this second mat, the kids would draw a photo within the circle of something they are thankful for. Our 3 year old could pretty much draw shapes that look like what she wants to explain so that is a good age to begin using these. There are three of the same kind here so pick your color or download all three. They are all in one document here I am Thankful For Place Mats
Choose from 3 different colors
And to print these additional 9 free coloring pages, go here to this link Thanksgiving Coloring Pages
There are so many things to be thankful for but toddlers do not need to be overwhelmed. One or two of these activity sheets could be plenty for very young children. It is best to pick a few that you think they would enjoy and that might hold their attention for a few minutes.
So do you have small kids or grandkids that could use some activities like these to keep them busy while you get dinner prepared or visit others on Thanksgiving Day?
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness (Proverbs 31:27, KJV).