Thanksgiving offers parents the chance to bond with their kids over something meaningful. Giving thanks, after all, helps each of us appreciate the world we live in and the gifts each day provides.

If you want to focus on this season but aren't sure how, making things can be a great way to get started. As you work though one of the projects below with your kids, be sure to talk about what you're thankful for and why the season is important to you.

Make a Fall Tree (Inside!)

If you're inspired by the leaves outside or wish you had more of them where you are, bring the color inside. You can make a fall tree for any wall in your house with just a few simple supplies that you probably have lying around already.

Get a large piece of butcher paper or tape together several cut and unfolded brown paper bags. Draw the basic outline of a tree — trunk, branches, etc. This can be as complicated or as simple as you want to make it. Cut out the tree and tape it to your wall.

Next, gather construction paper in fall colors: yellow, orange, and red. Trace or draw leaf outlines. Cut them out, and attach them to your tree. Repeat until your tree looks the way you want it.

The great thing about this is that you can make a tiny tree, like a wall hanging, or you can make it big, like it's growing out of your floor and up your wall. You can also countdown to Thanksgiving, moving more and more leaves to a pile underneath the tree as each day goes by.

Fill a Cornucopia

If you want a nice centerpiece for your Thanksgiving dinner table, a cornucopia can add a splash of color and even some whimsy to a traditional design. All you need to get started is a trip to the craft store.

I recommend buying premade woven cornucopia, though you can make one out of brown paper, too. You'll also want to get some filler for it, like raffia or straw. Finally, if you don't have one, buy a display tray that's appropriately festive.

Place the horn on the tray and stuff it with your filler. When it's mostly full, decide what to put in next. You may want to gather leaves from outside, cut your own out of construction paper, or buy some fake fruit and vegetables to add. When you're done, you have a great display piece.

For a fun twist on this, let your kids fill the cornucopia with symbols of the things they're thankful for instead of the traditional fall symbols. While you may end up with a centerpiece featuring Barbie and G.I. Joe, they'll have a physical reminder of what this season is all about.

Make a Leaf Collage

Autumn color comes too quickly and fades just as fast. With all the running around that comes with this season, it can be difficult to sit down and appreciate it. But you can preserve it so that you have it to look at whenever you can catch your breath.

Find some fall leaves. The more colorful the better for this exercise, though the judicious addition of brown will make the display look richer.You can choose leaves of one color, many colors, or make several collages, each with a different them.

Pat your leaves with a damp paper towel to clean them. When they're clean and dry, place them between two paper towels and iron them on a low setting. Make sure they get as dry as possible without cracking.

Then, arrange them on a sheet of wax paper. Put another sheet over the top, and a towel on top of it all. Iron again, until the pieces of wax paper adhere together around the leaves. Now, you have a collage you can keep.

You can also add construction paper cutouts to your collage. Make leaves in some unnatural colors, like blue and purple, or cut out the letters in a child's name.

Have you done Thanksgiving crafts with your kids? What did you do and how did it turn out?