Holidays with kids are getting increasingly more fun as they get older and start to understand more.
This year, I’m trying to teach Johnny more about the first Thanksgiving and why we celebrate it.
We’ll eat dinner at my grandma’s house, and I’ll contribute veggie sticks, dip, cheese & crackers, spinach balls, coleslaw and buns. Everything is easy and yummy.
Shane is running a 5k on Thanksgiving morning, and after that we’ll watch the parade while doing other last-minute preparations before heading over to g’mas.
We already did the classic “trace your hand on construction paper and add a face and presto! turkey!” craft which was a hit. Today, I printed some free printable Thanksgiving pages that they can do. I also would like to try this Turkey craft — this time you trace the child’s shoe to make the turkey’s body, and use multiple hand tracings to make the feathers. Cute and something I can handle. Did I mention I am not crafty, and Pinterest intimidates me too much? Yah.
I went to the library way late in the game to get my hands on good Thanksgiving books. When I was there on Saturday to pick up other book holds, there were only two age-appropriate books remaining. Whoops. One was good, and I found another good one at Half Price Books recently. I placed an order for 2 others on Amazon, after previewing their pages online. I doubt they’ll get here by this Thanksgiving, but at least I’ll have them ready for next year. At $0.01 + $3.99 shipping for some of the used titles, it’s not a bad deal.
(Book images are Amazon affiliate links — and note, I think all of these are Christian-themed titles. The pilgrims were pursuing religious freedom, after all, and God’s providence was evident in that first Thanksgiving)
If you’re looking for free preschool Thanksgiving printables for your kids, stop over to Homeschool Creations where she lists some activities and a roundup of others.
Overall, I’m really excited about talking to my kids about Thanksgiving’s origins, and also talking about what it means to be thankful.
How are you celebrating Thanksgiving this year? Happy Thanksgiving to you!