Thanksgiving is right around the corner!
Thanksgiving is a large piece of U.S. history and it has shaped a large part of how and what we farm here. Additionally, it is a sweet time of year when we take time to reflect on all of the good stuff that we have enjoyed over the past year. Taking time to teach children about the history of thanksgiving is important, but showing children the value of thankfulness is huge. In this post, you will find some thanksgiving activities for kids as well as some fun ways to celebrate with your family.
The History of Thanksgiving
I didn't realize how difficult it was to explain Thanksgiving to someone until I had to explain it to my newly adopted daughter. There were two main reasons I was struggling. One was because I realized that I didn't know my Thanksgiving history as well as I thought I did. The other reason was because English is not my daughter's first language and my limited Creole doesn't lend itself to quick and easy explanations. After a little fact checking, I was able to find this Thanksgiving video that is both accurate and fun for kids. I hope you and your kids enjoy it as much as my daughter did.
Turkey! Gobble, Gobble!
Ever wonder why we eat turkey on Thanksgiving? Yeah, me too. In case you didn't know, turkeys were harvested by the indians and pilgrims to eat at the first thanksgiving and other times as well. While I won't claim that it is historically accurate, Why Turkeys Can't Fly is a cute children's book and is provided as a free download from Red Cat Reading. Getting our kids to put their noses in a book is always important. Grab their tablets and get this free download before its gone!
If yummy foods light you up, check out our blog post from last year called "4 Easy Fall Recipes." Nothing screams fall like trail mix, chocolate, and dipped apples! Pinterest has tons of ideas for other Thanksgiving recipes for you to check out. While you're there, you can check out Kwaddle's Pinterest Board too.
Thanksgiving Day Craft Idea
Do you need a fun centerpiece on your table? Try this fun Thanksgiving Day craft idea and make a "thankful pumpkin." Here's how to do it:
- Cut orange construction paper into 1 inch strips.
- Cut a couple leaves and a curly Q out of green construction paper.
- Lay one strip on each plate at the Thanksgiving table.
- During the meal, pass around a marker and ask everyone to write something they are thankful for on their slip of paper.
- Put it together in the shape of a pumpkin. You will need a stapler or a brass closure. It should look like this.
Keep It Simple
So often around the holidays we get caught up in the details. I understand wanting to have things perfect. However, I also understand that all of those details take a ton of time away from what matters most. Let me remind you that those beautiful little people in our lives will only be little once. Take time out of the kitchen and do something special with them to make memories. When they are older, I really doubt they will remember if the turkey was perfectly garnished or if it was cooked using Martha Stewart's recipe or outside in the fryer. They will remember how you included them in the celebration and they will most definitely be thankful for that!