Harvest Food Garland

Harvest Food Garland lesson plan

Harvest celebrations are held in many cultural traditions. Create a colorful fruit and vegetable garland for Sukkot, Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa, or any festive occasion!

  • 1.

    When do you celebrate the harvest? Thanksgiving? Kwanzaa? Sukkot? Sukkot is a 7-day Jewish holiday in early fall. The name Sukkot refers to the temporary dwellings (sukkah) that people live in during this time as well as the autumn harvest in Israel. Traditional harvest decorations are often made from paper, such as this food chain.

  • 2.

    Use Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils to draw fruits, vegetables, and wildflowers. Color your harvest bounty with Crayola Twistables.

  • 3.

    Cut out your harvest symbols with Crayola Scissors. Punch a hole at the top of each piece. Run string or yarn through holes. Put knots between pieces on your chain so they don’t bunch together.


  • Students learn the origins and meaning of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot (or Thanksgiving or Kwanzaa).
  • Students understand the meaning behind the building and decorating of a Sukkah or temporary dwelling (or other harvest celebration).
  • Students create a decorative paper food chain.


  • Children with special needs children may prefer to draw using real fruits and vegetables. They may also need assistance to string their symbols.
  • Create a chain of rows of leaves, either paper or real.
  • Gather natural, fresh products to decorate a Sukkah. Build a life-size or miniature model of a sukkah.