Focusing on gratitude is a great way to make Thanksgiving more meaningful. This thankful turkey is our activity for Day 1 of our 7 Days of Thanksgiving.

A Thankful Turkey

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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

Focusing on gratitude is a great way to make Thanksgiving more meaningful. This thankful turkey is our activity for Day 1 of our 7 Days of Thanksgiving.

This is my preschooler’s finished turkey. She was particularly proud of the bright red feathers.

For this craft, you will need:

Paper plates
Pencils
Crayons
Markers

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.)

Focusing on gratitude is a great way to make Thanksgiving more meaningful. This thankful turkey is our activity for Day 1 of our 7 Days of Thanksgiving.

My toddler loved being able to do this craft with her big sister and friends.

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.

Focusing on gratitude is a great way to make Thanksgiving more meaningful. This thankful turkey is our activity for Day 1 of our 7 Days of Thanksgiving.

One of my preschoolers working on making her turkey colorful and full of blessings.

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.

Focusing on gratitude is a great way to make Thanksgiving more meaningful. This thankful turkey is our activity for Day 1 of our 7 Days of Thanksgiving.

We did our discussion during the coloring time. My preschooler thought that making the feathers her blessings was a fun idea.

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.

Focusing on gratitude is a great way to make Thanksgiving more meaningful. This thankful turkey is our activity for Day 1 of our 7 Days of Thanksgiving.

My preschooler loved deciding how to decorate her turkey feathers.

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.

Focusing on gratitude is a great way to make Thanksgiving more meaningful. This thankful turkey is our activity for Day 1 of our 7 Days of Thanksgiving.

I asked my preschooler to show me how her turkey was coming. She’s being coy in this picture.

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?

Focusing on gratitude is a great way to make Thanksgiving more meaningful. This thankful turkey is our activity for Day 1 of our 7 Days of Thanksgiving.

The three finished Thankful Turkeys. All of my kids had a great time with this activity and it made the idea of gratitude more concrete.

What are some ways you’re helping your family celebrate this season of gratitude?

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