Whether your Thanksgiving consists of eating an extravagant feast or watching football while eating dinner off tv trays, we bet you love your family’s Thanksgiving traditions. For most Americans, Thanksgiving is a day when we come together, rest, and express our thankfulness. It is also a time when we eat!
As Thanksgiving only happens once a year, it is important to make the most of it. As you spend time with family and friends, you are sure to take numerous photos of your kids playing with their cousins, sitting on grandma’s lap, and eating a giant turkey leg. As you gather up all your photos, you can turn them into a unique board book filled with memories that can be cherished for all the Thanksgivings to come.
Need some inspiration? Here are 9 Thanksgiving board book ideas to help you get started.
Thanksgiving is all about gratitude. It is the perfect holiday for teaching children how to express thankfulness. Why not design a board book with this idea in mind? Choose photos that represent people and things you are thankful for and fill the board book with words of gratitude.
Those of you with infants will surely be documenting every Thanksgiving milestone, so turn these pictures into a precious memory book of Baby’s First Thanksgiving. Choose pictures of your little ones in their Thanksgiving duds, being held by loved ones, and “eating” their first Thanksgiving meal.
Does your family have an extravagant Thanksgiving feast? Does the host put great care into selecting place settings and centerpieces? Are the meals not only tasty but beautiful to see? Do manners matter? If so, then create a board book that celebrates the dinner itself. Take pictures of the place settings and turn it into an etiquette guide for little ones.
Use your family’s Thanksgiving pictures to teach your baby the ABC’s! Bring out your inner wordsmith and create a board book that using Thanksgiving-themed lingo and photos from your family’s celebration. Here’s a few to get you started: A is for Apple Pie. B is for Balloons in the parade. C is for casserole.
Another board book idea that helps kids learn thankfulness is one that shows gratitude for loved ones. A simple board book idea is to have a picture of each family member or friend at Thanksgiving with the line “I am thankful for Grandma” and so on. This will help babies learn their family member’s names, recognize their faces, and express gratitude.
Board books are not just for kids. Your family will love being gifted with a board book that combines photographs and Mom’s secret recipes. It will be something precious that they hold on to remember Thanksgiving with their mom and a book that can be passed down from one generation to the next.
For many families, Thanksgiving is a day of leisure. For example, some families watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and football all day long. If this sounds like your family, then design a board book that celebrates your family’s personal Thanksgiving Day traditions. Include pictures of your family enjoying these leisure activities and add in some facts from the year such as the football scores.
While it is not technically Thanksgiving-themed, we know a lot of families use Thanksgiving as a springboard for starting their Christmas celebrations. For instance, if your family traditionally goes Christmas Tree shopping over the Thanksgiving holidays, document your tree shopping adventures!
For many families, Thanksgiving is all about the food. You can easily create a board book for your family’s favorite autumn recipes. In addition to including the recipes for your family’s Thanksgiving dishes, you can also include photos of your kids helping cook or simply enjoying the food around the table.
We hope these ideas inspire you and help you design a book that you will be thankful for this Thanksgiving and every Thanksgiving after. If you are ready to begin, check out our new My Thankful Board Book, hop over to our Pint Sized Board Book Library or create a custom board book of your own!