Thanksgiving Thankful Tree Idea for Kids | Kid Friendly Things To Do

Making Thanksgiving Ornaments for a Thanksgiving Thankful Tree idea with the kids. This is such a sweet family tradition to start with the kids. 

No Bake Thanksgiving ornaments

You have the option to Bake these ornaments ahead of time, (or if you have time – let these ornaments air dry)

Here’s how I would set up the Thankful Ornament Activity.

  • place ornament shapes in a basket on the table
  • provide paint pens, gel pens, markers, or puffy paint out for guests to write on the ornaments
  • Then display everyone’s thankfulness on a tree in the middle of your Thanksgiving table to be enjoyed by all

No-Cook Thanksgiving Ornaments

This is a NO COOK Dough, and it drys hard. Another (faster)  alternative is to bake them: instructions on that are below

Here’s what you’ll need:
1 c. flour
1/4 cup, plus 2 Tablespoons of salt
1/4 cup, plus 2 Tablespoons of hot tap water
1 Tablespoon of cinnamon
Food coloring is optional
*This recipe yielded 9 ornaments for our tree.


  • Combine flour and salt. Add hot water and optional food coloring. Without food coloring, the dough will turn a nice brown color with bits of cinnamon throughout. Knead for 5 minutes on floured board.

Making Thankful Ornaments For Thanksgiving

  • Roll the dough out like play-dough, and shape the dough with cookie cutters
  • Don’t forget to insert a straw into the shape to create a hole for hanging

Making Thankful Ornaments For Thanksgiving

  • You can let them air dry for 1-5 days. But, to speed up the process, bake them on a cookie sheet at 200-degrees for 3 hours

Thankful Tree Ornaments

  • To make a tree – I collected branches from our yard and placed them in a tall container
  • Don’t forget to write the date down. These can be saved in an air-tight container. I’ve had mine for three years, now. I love looking through the older ones to see what the kids were thankful for. We add new ones each year.


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