Awesome Crafts and Books to Celebrate National Adoption Month
Loving families come in all shapes and sizes and formats — celebrate adoptive families with these beautiful stories and family activities!
Margo Gothelf and Sarah Burns
November is National Adoption Month, and November 20 is National Adoption Day — meaning now is the perfect time to celebrate your family, no matter how it got started. Need some ideas for what to do? We've got some just for you! Celebrate adoptive families through recipes and crafts, or read all about other adoption stories through some excellent books. There's no wrong way to share family love!
Personalized Adoption Memory Book
It's time to tell the story of you! This year to celebrate National Adoption Month, create a memory book to retell your adoption story. Recount special days and pick out key moments to highlight in the book. Add in pictures, special documents, and any other mementos that highlight your story. Make sure to leave a bunch of pages blank at the end of the book. This way, you can go back each year and add in special moments to continue your adoption story.
Send Thank You Letters
Adoption can be a very long process with many people involved. Give thanks to the many, many people who helped you and your family out during the process by sending them thank you notes. Skip the store-bought cards and design your own! Dig into your craft bin and use cardstock to make the personalized notes to send out to your social worker, judge, attorney, or anyone else who helped throughout the process. It's a simple and fun activity that will be greatly appreciated.
When it comes to adoptions, families coming together from across different cultures and backgrounds is pretty common. Take the time to celebrate your different heritages and backgrounds by crafting projects that represent just that. Look up crafts for holidays, customs, or traditions with your little one, and pick out a few to bring to life. After you dig into their background, share one from your culture, so you can both learn from each other.
Celebrating with food is always a good idea. Dig into your child's background and culture and pick out a few recipes for your family to try out. Explore new ingredients and learn about the history and traditions of the dish. Use the opportunity to make something different and fun to celebrate. You may even discover your new favorite food along the way!
Create a New Tradition
Traditions are a great way to create strong bonds and rituals for a blended family. The best part about new traditions? They can come from ideas, both big and small. Start a new tradition with a trip every November to celebrate National Adoption Month, or make a special meal during the month to celebrate your unique family. It could be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it. No matter what kind of tradition you choose to start, it will be something the whole family looks forward to every November.
Time to strike a pose! Break out the fun — or even fancy — outfits and have a family photoshoot. After you've snapped up a few good ones, print out your favorites and choose one to frame. But don't just put the photo in any frame, put it in a customized frame designed by you! Decorate a plain frame with accessories and knick-knacks that represent family members' backgrounds and personalities. It will be the perfect way to show off everything about you and your family.
Books to Share for National Adoption Month
I've Loved You Since Forever by Hoda Kotb
Celebrate the unconditional love between a parent and their child with the heartwarming book, I've Loved You Since Forever. The touching children's book by Hoda Kotb is inspired by her own real-life journey of adopting her own daughter, Haley Joy. The beautifully illustrated pictures by Suzie Mason, combined with the lyrical and poetic text, will make this a book you'll want to read again and again, especially during National Adoption Month.
And Tango Makes Three
Meet Roy and Silo, two male penguins from the Central Park Zoo who prove that families come in different shapes and sizes. The two animals spend their days at the zoo swimming around and singing to each other. They even spend their time creating a home for their future family. However, when they realize they cannot have a family like most penguins, they are disappointed and sad — but that doesn't stop them from becoming parents. With the help of a zookeeper and a motherless egg, the two loving penguins welcome a baby penguin into their home and raise it as their own. The beloved children's book shows how strong a bond can be between a parent and a child no matter where the relationship gets its start.
The Story of My Open Adoption: A Storybook for Children Adopted at Birth
Leah Campbell's sweet tale The Story of my Open Adoption celebrates open adoption and breaks it down for little ones to understand. The story follows Sammy, a little squirrel who lives with a family of rabbits. One day when Sammy ventures out into the woods, he meets a family of squirrels who turn out to be his first family. The touching story makes the complex situation easy to understand and allows kids to be proud of their two families.
No Matter What: A Foster Care Tale
Josh the squirrel has never had a place to call home. Living with pelicans was too fishy, the leopards were too scary, and the kangaroos wouldn't stop jumping around. None of the other families seemed to want Josh — until he met the elephants. The elephants were determined to keep Josh around, no matter how hard the little squirrel tried to scare them away. The loving tale from author Josh Shipp is the perfect story for foster kids who have been adopted and have finally found a place to call home.
How Nivi Got Her Names
Nivi has a lot of names — five to be exact. She knows each and every one of them is important and has a special meaning, but she doesn't exactly understand where they came from and why she has so many. Join Navi on her journey as she learns all about her names and her indigenous background. The loving tale from Laura Deal shows the importance of making a connection to your adopted child's background and how to make them proud of their culture, even if it's not the same as yours.
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