At Thanksgiving, it is important to teach kids the true meaning of the day. It is also helpful to keep little hands occupied while the adults work to prepare the turkey dinner. Having some activities in mind can serve the dual purpose of reminding children to give thanks, and keeping the kids busy. You might even be able to start a new Thanksgiving tradition for the kids! Here are three Thanksgiving day activities to get you started.
1. What I’m Thankful for Tablecloth
Start by putting a plain paper or vinyl tablecloth on a long table. Provide the children with crayons, markers, or other supplies to allow them to get creative. Encourage the kids to write or draw pictures of things that they are thankful for. Then, when it’s time for the Thanksgiving dinner, switch seats! Have the person read the things that are written or drawn in front of them. Bring the tablecloth out next Thanksgiving to remind the children what they were thankful for last year.
2. What I’m Thankful for Guessing Game
On a table, place a large class container, slips of paper, and pens or pencils. Make an instruction sheet that directs the kids to write down one or more things that they are thankful for. Tell them that they are not to include their name on the slip of paper. Fold the papers in half and place them in the glass bowl. Before Thanksgiving dinner, pass the bowl around the table and have each person pull out a slip of paper and read it aloud. The rest of the group should try to guess the author.
3. What I’m Thankful for Placemats
Give each child a blank piece of paper, pens, crayons, markers, stickers and glue. Instruct the child to write, draw or construct different things that they are thankful for. When the children are finished, laminate each piece of paper and send it home with the children. Each child now has a placemat that they can use every day to remind them of Thanksgiving and what things they are most thankful for!