Now that Halloween is behind us, it's time to start thinking about Thanksgiving! I have always loved Thanksgiving. There is something just so wonderful about having a nourishing meal with family. And since becoming a parent myself, I have so much more to be thankful for!
Here are 5 fun things you can do with your kids this year for Thanksgiving.
Make a “Thankful For” Tree
Have each of your children pick up four or five leaves they like. Each week, have them tell you what they are thankful for that week and write it with a marker on one of their leaves. Then, glue the leaves to poster board and draw a tree to make a “Thankful For” tree. Hang the tree where it can easily be seen and go over the items listed on the tree each week with your children so they can get the idea of what Thanksgiving is about.
Make Pine Cone Turkeys
Trace each of your child's hands on construction paper and cut them out. Then, have your children each pick a pine cone they like and clean the pine cone. Ask your children to color each of their fingers on the construction paper a different color to make feathers, and insert it into the back of the pine cone. Then have them draw a turkey face on construction paper, cut it out and insert it in the front of the pine cone. These make cute table centerpieces that you can keep over the years.
Read Thanksgiving Books
Many people don't know the meaning of Thanksgiving. Do your children? If not, read them a few books and ask them questions about the book (you can usually find a great selection at the local library). Ask them to play Native Americans and Pilgrims and reenact the first dinner. This will get them involved in the history of Thanksgiving and teach them about a holiday that many people are forgetting.
Participate in a Turkey Walk
Thanksgiving is about getting very full on great food, for days on end, for some people. Wouldn't it be nice to work off some of that food in a fun way? Try a turkey walk, where you and your kids get dressed as turkeys, Pilgrims or Native Americans and walk or run a mini-marathon for charity. You'll be giving back, having fun, bonding and getting a great workout!
Show your kids the true meaning of Thanksgiving and the holiday season and take them to volunteer at a soup kitchen or shelter. Instilling these values as a family will help set your kids up for a lifetime of giving, and it will also make a difference in someone's life. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities around this time of year, so finding one for your family to get involved with shouldn't be hard to do.