感恩節快樂 (gǎn’ēn jié kuàilè) Happy Thanksgiving!

Free Chinese “craftivity” printable alert! My kids and I had a lot of fun crafting our Thanksgiving Wreath and learning to recognize a few new Chinese characters. (I’ll take any progress on this front—even if it’s slow!) So much hands on learning can be done with crafting, but busy schedules leave us less time to enjoy it. These days I gravitate towards low prep, little clean up crafts and process art learning activities that can engage all of my kids in some way. My printables aim to provide a fundamental base for the language learning component and and inspirational springboard for the art component–so you can make these as elaborate or as simple as you’d like (or have time for). I find it difficult to find free Traditional Chinese learning resources, so I’m on a mission to create more to share. I’ll also post the Spanish and English versions soon, where you will see that we simply used our Thanksgiving icons page as a coloring sheet and that was GeGe’s Spanish Thanksgiving activity of the day.

It’s been a {insert your own string of adjectives describing the unconventionality of the} kinda year. Last year, we had moved to Colombia. Due to the “unconventionality” of this year due to the global pandemic, our expat experience has been…highly unconventional: we have been back in Texas for almost half a year! Between the international moves and maintaining an intense distance learning schedule for my kids with their Colombian school and working mom-life, nothing has come easy in this mama’s not normal #newnormal #quarantinelife. Our Chinese learning journey has definitely taken a hit and slowed down. Nonetheless in every aspect of life, we truly have so very much to be thankful for! 

Chinese Thanksgiving Wreath “Craftivity”

My free Chinese Thanksgiving Wreath “Craftivity” printable with instructional guide are at the end of this post. However, here I’ll share exactly what I used in case you’d like to go for the same look.

What I used: cardboard from a delivery box, art knife and healing mat set, acrylic paint, pan lid to trace circle/bowls to trace the smaller circles (see below guide for sizing recommendations), pencil, jute twine, glue, print outs of Thanksgiving icons (preferably on cardstock), tape (optional) and Modpodge as an optional finishing touch.

Instructional Guide:

1. First, I prepared two wreath bases using a side of a cardboard box. For a large wreath, the outer diameter was approximately 12” and the inner diameter was approximately 8”; for a small wreath, the outer diameter was 8” and the inner diameter was 4”. I used pot lids and kitchen bowls, so I was really just aiming for good proportions rather than exact measurements. By using the bowls, I was able to use my art knife to slice right around those rather than trying to exact perfect circles from pencil lines. To poke a perfect hole on the wreath for the twine, I first marked an X with my art knife and then poked through with a sharp pencil.

2. I printed out the Thanksgiving icons on cardstock: 4 sets for the large wreath and just 1 set for the small wreath. We used acrylic paint on the cardboard wreath bases and watercolors to paint the Thanksgiving icons. I love a good watercolor craft. Every dab and drag, whether intentional or not, blends together so beautifully, don’t you think? Plus, the paint dries so quickly.

3. We started our project after dinner and it was bedtime by the time the kids were through painting, allowing to dry, and cutting out the icons, so we added the extra step of pressing the papers under some books to flatten them out. Since I did not use actual watercolor paper, the paper warping is natural. Fortunately after a few hours of pressing, they flatten out just fine.

4. Picking up the project the next morning, we took time to reflect about some of the things that we were thankful for and wrote them down.

5. I wanted the leaves, corn, acorns, and turkeys to be laid out in a particular way, so I laid them around the wreath and taped the back sides together before gluing them down on the wreath. I applied a little Modpodge on top at the end to help preserve the project and because I like the decoupage look.

I really hope you enjoy this craft! Comment below if you liked this language craftivity and let me know what other kids of craftivities you’d like to see on this blog. Please share your creations on your social media and tag @trilingualtexpats because we would love to see how your wreath(s) turned out! Happy Thanksgiving!

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