Happy Thanksgiving from Sharkey’s
Thanksgiving Day is so much more than the Macy's parade, a meal and a football game. The true meaning behind Thanksgiving is gratitude and appreciation for your blessings in life. But how do you teach your children about the importance of being thankful
Here are a few tips of ways, involving creativity, hard work and sincerity, to teach children the true meaning behind Thanksgiving. No matter how you decide to do it, teaching your kids the real meaning behind Thanksgiving will make the holiday that much more meaningful for your children, as well as your family as a whole.
Have the children decorate a jar or basket, placing a notepad and pen next to it. Leave the jar out the week before Thanksgiving and have family members write down things for which they are thankful. They can be big things, or small little gestures. This gives people time to think about it and write heartfelt answers. During the Thanksgiving meal, have the children pull them out and read them during dinner.
Create Thankful Turkeys
Draw the old-fashioned hand turkey or be more elaborate, but have your children write something they are thankful for on each of the turkey's feathers. Use these turkeys as place cards or decorations on Thanksgiving Day.
A thankfulness tree is easy to create, and I’m sure you will have most of the things you need to make it at home. It is a great way to build up to Thanksgiving, but it really could be a fun staple in your house year round. With this tree, your family can discuss things they are thankful for every day and make a beautiful keepsake of those thoughts. This can also double as a fantastic centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. Have each family member add a leaf to the tree at dinner every night leading up to Thanksgiving.
Homemade Thankfulness Journals
These journals would make a great activity to start the month of November. We will spend a little time talking about the things we are thankful for and A LOT of time celebrating those things. Once the month is over we should each have our own little journal full of everything that makes us happy and grateful!
Give Thanks for Others
Do you like to have place cards on your Thanksgiving table? Before the big day, have your children fill out an “I Am Thankful” card for each of your guests and place them at each place setting. What is better than that is teaching our kids to tell people who are special to them exactly why they are thankful to have them in their lives.Back to Blog