These Thanksgiving jewelry crafts are fun and easy for kids of all ages. My preschool class makes them to wear at our Thanksgiving Feast. They love taking them home and wearing their creations at their families celebration as well. Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? If so a great idea is to set up a craft area with all the supplies listed and the kids can craft while the adults are busy cooking.
You can retell the Thanksgiving story with this beautiful poem and bracelet craft with your children or students!
Thanksgiving Bracelet Story by Dr. Jean Feldman
With this bracelet you will know (start with a pipe cleaner). The first Thanksgiving that was long, long ago. The Pilgrims set sail from far away On the Mayflower with tall white sails. (insert a white bead) They sailed many days across the ocean blue. (add a blue bead)The seas were rough, but the ship came through. At last they spotted land so green. (string on a green bead) They were so happy they cheered and screamed. The first year was so hard and black. (now a black bead)Many died and wished that they could go back. But the Native Americans gave them a hand And helped them survive in the strange new land. They decided to celebrate in a special way And that became the first Thanksgiving day. They prepared a feast with turkeys brown (add a brown bead) And red cranberries that they had found. (time for a red bead) Yellow corn that they had learned to grow (insert a yellow bead) And orange pumpkin pies, don’t you know! (last an orange bead) But before they ate the turkey and dressing, They all held hands for a thankful blessing. (twist the ends of the pipe cleaner to make a bracelet).
- Pipe Cleaners
- Pony Beads blue, white, green, black, brown, red, yellow, orange
- Dry Pasta (Ziti, Wheels, any pasta you can string)
- Food Coloring
- 1 Gallon Ziplock Bags
First you need to dye the pasta – This should be done at least the night before you plan on using it. You can use any liquid food colors I used traditional colors red, blue and green then I found some neon colors at the super market so I added neon green, pink and purple. Add dry pasta to a 1 gallon ziplock bag, a few drops of food coloring of choice and around 2 tablespoons alcohol. Shake the bag until all pasta is colored – you can add more color or alcohol as needed.
Once all the pasta is nice and bright pour them onto a paper towel to dry overnight. Your pasta is now ready. You can store it in a ziplock bag until its ready to be used.
My class of 3-4 years olds had a hard time stringing the wheels so they chose to use just the ziti. I added letter stickers so we knew whose necklace was whose when it came time to wear them.