Sometimes it feels like the world teaches us to ask for more, more, more, leaving many with the feeling that they never have enough. Thanksgiving teaches us that there is no greater pleasure than sharing a good meal with friends and family. Do your part to bring pleasure to every day by feeding young minds with some of these delicious books and Thanksgivnig activities:
Turkey Mobile! Talk with your children about the different vegetables they might eat during the Holiday season. Have them draw and color pictures of their favorite veggies and hang them with yarn from a big picture of a delicious Turkey dinner!
You Look Gourd-geous! Stop at the nearest grocer's and collect some small inexpensive gourds. The children will have a blast drawing funny faces on them with colored Sharpie markers.
Read I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie. Cumulative books are great for improving memory skills. Sit in a circle with your group and have the first person say one thing they want to eat for Thanksgiving. The next person will say something they like, plus the person's before them. As you go around the circle, each child will have to remember the growing list of favorite foods!
Sing some Thanksgiving songs! Start this holiday season with some songs. Songs, rhymes and music help children with their phonological awareness (the ability to hear the small sounds that make up the larger sound of a word). This skill is crucial to learning how to read. So just sing, sing a song or read one.
Five Little Turkeys
5 little turkeys by the barn door (hold up open hand)
1 saw some corn and then there were 4 (fold down one finger)
4 little turkeys flew up a tree (fly 4 fingers into the air)
1 fell down and then there were 3 (one finger falls to the ground)
3 little turkeys gobbled as they do (hold up 3 fingers)
A dog chased 1 and then there were 2 (left hand chases 1 finger on right hand)
2 little turkeys strutting in the sun (hold up 2 fingers)
The wind came along and then there was 1 (make wind movement with left hand)
1 little turkey began to run (1 finger runs)
For he saw the farmer and now there are none. (left hand grabs right hand)
Thanksgiving Day (tune: "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star")
Pick the corn and pick the beans,
Pick the squash and other greens
It is harvest time you see
Come and share a feast with me.
Bring your family out to play,
We'll call this Thanksgiving Day.