Seven Days of Thanksgiving: Day 1
It’s so much fun to spend the month of November counting blessings. My family has a lot of traditions to help us remember our bounteous blessings during this month. Some are familiar, such as writing down one thing we are each thankful for each day. As we’ve focused on our blessings, we’ve begun to notice how many more blessings we have. As we head into the final week before Thanksgiving, we will be celebrating each day with a fun craft or activity that focuses on being grateful. Our first activity, A Thankful Turkey, helps kids create something fun, while still focusing on being grateful.
A Thankful Turkey
For this craft, you will need:
This simple craft takes just a moment to set up.
First, give each child a paper plate. Have them trace on hand on the center of the plate. (Younger children will need adult help to trace their hand.)
Next, draw the turkey face and a few extra feathers between the fingers. Let the children color their turkeys for a while. Be sure they have enough time to decorate and color the turkey how they want so the turkey truly becomes their own.
Next, sit down with the children and talk about what it means to be grateful. Grateful is an abstract concept, and younger children will need concrete examples of what grateful means.
When we discussed this, we talked about how being grateful means being really glad something is in our lives. We talked about our families, homes, toys, etc.
After the discussion, help the children write down one thing their grateful for on each of the turkey’s feathers. I used a permanent marker to write over the colored feathers.
The simplicity of this activity makes it approachable for even toddlers. My toddler loved being included in a “big kid” craft as well. This was a great way to make gratitude more of a concrete concept. It was also amazing to listen to the things my preschoolers picked to put on their turkeys. As simple as this was to set up, it was a fabulous activity to start off the week before Thanksgiving. Besides, when Thanksgiving is only a week out, activities for children need to be simple, right?
What are some ways you’re helping your family celebrate this season of gratitude?