Turkey Day is right around the corner and like many families, we reflect on all the things that we are thankful for.
This year isn’t any different, and we decided to celebrate these thoughts by creating a Construction Paper Wreath Craft for Thanksgiving.
Because we don’t typically see the dramatic changes of leaves in our community, I thought it would be fun to design an activity with leaf shapes and autumn colors to display what we were thankful for.
If you are also interested in creating this Construction Paper Wreath Craft for Thanksgiving, here is what you will need:
– Pieces of Construction Paper including Brown, Red, Orange, and Yellow
– White Printer Paper
– Paper Plate
FYI, this craft is a great way to teach about the shapes of leaves and is also a fun activity to reinforce hand eye coordination.
To get started with the Construction Paper Wreath Craft for Thanksgiving, first discuss what you and your family are thankful for. Then it is time to fold the paper plate in half and cut out the center section to create a ring.
Next up, take the scissors and cut small slits along the inside of the ring. Cutting these makes it easier to press the ring flat as the leaves are being glued on.
Once the ring is ready, begin to draw leaf shapes onto the white printer paper with the marker.
Depending upon the age of your child, it may be simpler for the parent to draw the leaves.
Tip: I could only remember a few leaf designs, so I looked online at shapes and sizes to inspire drawings. Another great options would be to go outside and look at trees and plants for inspiration.
After you and your kids decide on shapes, cut them out and use them as a template to trace on the different colors of construction paper. FYI, I created a template for you as well. Download Fall Leaves Template HERE.
We ended up with 4 designs after a little sketching.
Once the leaves have been traced and cut out, add them to the paper plate ring by applying a line of glue along the top.
Tip: It is better to have extra leaves just in case you make a mistake. We ended up only using 12 leaves even though we had 16.
As you add a new leaf be sure to overlap each one slightly by adding a little glue along the edge of the shape. When all the leaves have been applied, set the wreath aside for the glue to set.
Once the leaves have dried, start to write on the items your family is thankful for with the marker. We decided to only write on 5 of the shapes, but each design is unique so your family may have less or more.
This Construction Paper Wreath Craft for Thanksgiving is then ready to be hung up and would make an excellent addition to a mirror, door handle, or decoration at a front door as long as it isn’t exposed to the elements.
As you can see, this craft is full of fall colors and reasons to celebrate the season.
I hope your family also enjoys making this Wreath and you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.