Photos on Thanksgiving

When taking photos of Thanksgiving, the key element is to capture in your Thanksgiving photograph is the spirit of the occasion, that of family and togetherness.

From NY Institute of Photography.

Bring the Spirit of Thanksgiving into Your Community

The story of Native Americans helping the Pilgrims survive in a new land is one that illustrates generosity and a sense of community.


Creating a Thanksgiving memory

Designate a particular tablecloth for your family Thanksgiving celebrations.

Provide fabric paints markers where guests can record their "gratitude" or special prayers for the year ahead.

Ask your guests to sign and date each message, as you’ll be using the same tablecloth year after year.


Stuffing the turkey with kids

If time allows, let the kids take turns stuffing the traditional bird.

It’s a messy job and most of the stuffing may end up on the floor, but the kids will remember it.

Remember, you are in control of the hand-washing before and after the stuffing begins and ends.


Photos and Thanksgiving

Encourage children to bring a change of clothes so they can "relax" after the obligatory Thanksgiving pictures.

Take the picture as soon as possible to avoid orange sweet potato stains on starchy white shirts.


Cooking with your Toddler

When preparing for Thanksgiving allow your child to help measure, mash, bake and cook some of the dinner dishes with you. This will help your child develop math and manipulating skills, as well as the knowledge of temperatures.

Thanksgiving Craft

A popular craft that offers Thanksgiving fun for toddlers is the stenciled hand turkey! Simply trace his or hand on a piece of white or colored paper, and allow your child to color it. You can make a mobile, with dangling turkeys that each have an ā€œIā€™m thankful for…ā€ message.

Thanksgiving Website

Find lots of Thanksgiving crafts and fun in Lil’ Fingers Thanksgiving Section.
From: Lil’ Fingers

Building Thanksgiving Confidence

Ask your child to help you set the Thanksgiving table, showing you value his help. This will help to build his confidence and self-esteem

Talk about Thanksgiving with your child.

Talk about Thanksgiving and how people have been celebrating harvest time with a big feast for a long time. Talk about what you will do for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Craft

Make a thankful chain. Cut out strips in Fall colors and keep them out during the month and guide your kids to think of things they are thankful for (i.e. grandparents, food, sister, etc.) By Thanksgiving, you can have a large chain to reflect on. You can also have your guests help you do this on Thanksgiving.