Thanksgiving is a holiday enriched with unique traditions. Does your family travel each year, packing up the car and heading to grandma’s house? Do you always make a special side dish that turkey wouldn’t taste the same without? No matter if you remember the day through memories of overeating and a mid-afternoon nap or tossing a football through the biting November wind, Thanksgiving is a time to revel in the things we have and the people we have to enjoy them with.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Great Plains Communications wants to share a couple crafts to get the kids involved this year. While most of the focus is on food preparation, it is easy to forget that the tiny helpers have plenty to be thankful for as well. So, take a moment between mixing and pouring to get their little hands busy.

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  • 2 cups water
  • 10 drops red food coloring
  • 10 drops yellow food coloring
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Fill a sauce pan with water, food coloring and oil. Heat contents of saucepan over medium heat.

In a bowl mix salt, flour, cream of tartar and spices.

Add contents of bowl to saucepan and stir continually until the dough pulls away from the edges. The play dough and pan will be warm and will continue to set up after the burner is off.

Leaf Placemat

  • Leaves of their choice
  • Clear Contact paper

Place the leaves in any pattern on one sheet of contact paper.

After all the leaves have been placed, gently set a second piece of contact paper (sticky side down) over the leaves.


The Pumpkin Spice Play Dough will keep them busy as you prep. The Leaf Placemats will give them something to bring to the table (literally). They will be able to show all the relatives their beautiful artwork as everyone sits down to eat.

As a fourth generation company, Great Plains Communications knows the importance of family and tradition. We are thankful for our founders and employees. But most of all, we would like to share our sincere appreciation for your confidence and loyalty. We are deeply thankful and extend to you our best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Let us know what you are thankful for this year, in the comments below.

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