Thanksgiving! It really sneaked up on me this year. We’ve had a super busy fall, and I am hoping we can take it a little easier come the post-holiday months.
But there are still a few holidays to get through first. This week, I made my daughter a simple puppet template related to the first Thanksgiving dinner with the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags. Although she is young, this is a nice start to understanding the meaning of the season as we act it out together with puppets.
Our First Thanksgiving Puppets busy bag was pretty simple to create. Here are the tools necessary.
- The printable from this post (see below)
- Laminator (affiliate link; this one is my favorite.)
- Box cutter (afflink)
- Hook-and-loop tape dots (afflink)
- Craft sticks, 4 (afflink)
- Tape or hot glue
I chose the cut out all the items and laminate them before assembling the dinning table template. I guess you don’t have to laminate them, but since this is a busy bag I hope Strawberry can play with for years to come, I did!
Then, use the box cutter to cut slits where the puppet can “stand.” I chose to do some on the hill and some in front of the table, so the people could walk up to the Thanksgiving gathering.
I used the hook-and-loop tape dots to put many options on the table and ground for where the food, baskets, and pitcher could be stored. Of course, the little pieces of food needed the other half of the dots.
For the people, I used some packing tape to attach them to the craft sticks. You could also use hot glue to attach them if they want too, I suppose.
And then your little one can have a lot of fun with you as you talk about and act out the yummy feast!
My daughter loves it so far. I think it is safe to say this is a great addition to our holiday “busy bag” this season.