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Thanksgiving Branch Craft

It's difficult to find an art project doable for small children that won't leave older kids twirling their iPod cords in boredom. These Thanksgiving centerpieces will keep them all occupied, so you can peel those last few pounds of potatoes.

You'll need:

  • 1 branch, sized to fit the middle of your table
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • 6 to 8 pieces of craft paper, in autumn hues
  • Child-safe scissors
  • Markers (optional)
Instructions:

  1. Remove any leaves or loose dirt from the branch, and take any stray insects outside (pax!). Lay the branch lengthwise in the center of the table.

  2. Use the pencil to outline a leaf shape (5 inches long) on a piece of craft paper, then cut it out. Your child can use this as a template to trace 12 or more leaves on the craft paper. Then she can cut them out and fold them in half lengthwise.

  3. If you like, have your child use a marker to write what she is thankful for on the leaves, or have her ask guests for ideas. Arrange the leaves loosely alongside the branch.

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