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Sunday, November 3, 2019


This has been one of the most popular posts on my website. I have done this countless times with different age groups and they always love it. (A big craft distributor "borrowed" this idea and sells a kit - and you'll see countless adaptations on Pinterest.) But, if you want the original REAL deal with the poem my daughter wrote, here it is! It's a craft that reinforces oral language, sequencing, and retelling a story.


Hint! It's going to be an "investment" when you buy the beads, so this might be a project to hand over to a parent. You can buy individual bags of beads or just buy a large container of beads at Walmart and let the children pick out the colors they will need. The only color I had difficulty finding was brown, so I just bought a little package of brown wooden beads.


 Materials: white, blue, green, black, brown, red, orange, yellow beads, pipe cleaners

Directions: Say the poem and demonstrate how to insert the beads when the appropriate color is mentioned. Model this several times and encourage the children to recall the colors and fill in words that rhyme.

Write the colors in order and put the pipe cleaners and beads in a center for the children to construct independently. You could also do this as a small group activity with younger children. Practice telling the story as the children touch the beads for a prompt. Make sure to send home a copy of the poem with the bracelet so parents can reinforce this activity at home.

Thanksgiving Story Bracelet 
With this bracelet you will know (Start with a pipe cleaner.)
The first Thanksgiving that was long, long ago.
The Pilgrims set sail from far away
On the Mayflower with tall white sails. (Insert a white bead.)
They sailed many days across the ocean blue. (Add a blue bead.)
The seas were rough, but the ship came through.
At last they spotted land so green. (String on a green bead.)
They were so happy they cheered and screamed.
The first year was so hard and black. (Now a black bead.)
Many died and wished that they could go back.
But the Native Americans gave them a hand
And helped them survive in the strange new land.
They decided to celebrate in a special way
And that became the first Thanksgiving day.
They prepared a feast with turkeys brown (Add a brown bead.)
And red cranberries that they had found. (Time for a red bead.)
Yellow corn that they had learned to grow (Insert a yellow bead.)
And orange pumpkin pies, don’t you know! (Last an orange bead.)
But before they ate the turkey and dressing,
They all held hands for a thankful blessing.
(Twist the ends of the pipe cleaner to make a bracelet.)

(Faith-based Schools)

Several years ago I ordered a "grateful" bracelet (aka blessing bracelet) online and I wear it every day.  I have adapted it so you can make it with your students or with a Sunday School Class.

Wear the bracelet and each day touch a crystal bead and say something that you are grateful for. Just like we want to be appreciated, our Heavenly Father loves to hear our praise!

1 pipe cleaner
4 crystal beads (blessing beads)
16 smaller pearl beads

String one blessing bead on the pipe cleaner followed by 4 small pearl beads.
String another blessing bead followed by 4 pearl beads.
String another blessing bead followed by 4 pearl beads.
String another blessing bead followed by 4 pearl beads.

*Add a charm at the end if desired!

Twist the ends of the pipe cleaner to fit easily over your wrist and then trim the excess.

When someone comments on your bracelet, be sure and tell them how it reminds you to be thankful for all your little blessings each day.