I had originally sent them out to gather leaves to make this project.
But, alas (*sigh), all the leaves in our yard were already dead. No.color.left.in.them. (But it did get the kids outside to play for awhile.)
So, I grabbed some construction paper in fall colors, which is what any homeschooling mama does when there are no leaves to collect, and I traced their little hands. Everyone knows that around Thanksgiving the best thing to make from traced little hands is leaves - and turkeys. Right?
Then, I cut out those precious hand shapes. Since I have three little ones, I was able to get three different sized leaves. A nice touch.
I went ahead and let the girls do some painting on the backside of the "leaves" because around our house there are absolutely not enough reasons to paint, according to my 4 year old.
I grabbed some twine that I had lying around for another project and paper clipped the hand-leaves to the twine. Then I spelled out H-A-P-P-Y on one strand and T-H-A-N-K-S-G-I-V-I-N-G on the other for a perfect little Thanksgiving Banner, though not quite as sophisticated as Joy's.
Sophisticated isn't always practical in a house full of little ones though, now is it?