November is here! A time we think about Thanksgiving in a special way (though we should be thinking about it every day).
Here are some ways to celebrate the holiday with your kids. Some work better in the home, but others would also work in your classroom.
1. Start now, teaching your kids to make a holiday dish. Wouldn’t it impress grandparents, aunts and uncles if your kids made the sweet potatoes or pumpkin pie? One of my children loved making the cranberry sauce — watching the berries pop open as they boiled. (Of course, you would want an older child to do this — not a younger one.)
2. Start each dinner by saying something you are thankful for that day.
3. Have kids make thankfulness placemats. You could use one of the verses from Monday’s list as text. Laminate the mats or cover with clear contact paper. You could do this for your own family or if you’re having guests on Thanksgiving, kids could make one for each guest.
4. Or, learn a few of the thankfulness verses together as a family. (See Monday’s list.)
5. Make a thanks construction paper garland. Write a reason to be thankful on each loop – continue making your loop longer and by Christmas it should be long enough to hang on the tree or decorate a doorway.
6. Go on a thanks photo shoot. Choose one of the thanksgiving verses to illustrate with pictures, or simply take pictures around your neighborhood or town of things for which you are thankful.
7. Make a family thanksgiving book. This is a good one for younger children. Have them ask your immediate family and also grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. three things for which they are thankful. Write them down (or draw pictures) in the book of what they said. (You can make your own book or buy a journal to use.)
8. Give to a women’s and children’s shelter. Find out their biggest needs. (Often time it is packages of underwear, because that’s not something that gets handed down — fortunately.)
9. Write (or draw) thank-you notes to people who do cool things, but aren’t often thanked: A church maintenance crew, the sweet lady next door, the friendly server at the coffee shop, a teacher who has gone out of his/her way to help your child, etc.
10. Every morning surprise your children by putting a post-it note on their door saying something you are thankful for in their lives. Some can be general and some more specific: I am thankful for our family. I am thankful we all love the Lord. I am thankful for your big smile. I am thankful for the way you organized your bookcase last weekend, etc.