Thanksgiving is a day filled with family, friends and lots of food. It is a day of relaxation for adults to watch television, play board games and enjoy their day off of work. Children run around the house or outside hoping that the weekend never ends before they head back to school. The mischievous children are the most interesting ones to observe. They need to be occupied with activities to keep their minds from becoming inquisitive.
Preschool age is thought of 3 and 4 years of age. They are very curious and discovering new ways of accomplishing tasks daily. Their vocabulary is evolving and they say things that we question where did that come from? It is important to fill their learning with imagination and help them develop tactile skills. Thanksgiving is no excuse to back off from their adventures.
To begin the adventure I would teach them about Thanksgiving by telling them about Pilgrims and Indians. Explain that the two became great friends.
I would sing the song below which helps develop their number skills…
10 Little Indians:
1 little 2 little 3 little Indians, 4 little, 5 little 6 little Indians, 7 little 8 little 9 little Indians…10 little Indian boys and girls.
Then I would take 2 brown paper bags and have them first color one of the paper bags, then cut out “feathers” using preschool blunt scissors. Have the adult take the second paper bag and cut out arm holes and cut into a vest. Help the preschooler glue the “feather” on with Elmer’s glue. Adult cut out a strip of paper bag to fit around the preschooler’s head and glue together to make a headband, glue “feather’s” to headband. Let dry and then let preschooler wear.
Create a teepee using a white sheet and placing it over an end table. Let the preschooler begin their imagination.