Have a hot turkey sandwich that you eat with a knife and fork. Toast two pieces
of bread. Heat slices of leftover turkey in the microwave. If you have leftover
mashed potatoes and gravy, or have some storebought turkey gravy in a jar, heat
them, too. Build your sandwich and pour gravy over it. A tall glass of milk
Half-sheets of lined writing paper
and pens and pencils for each person
Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for schools, where
kids learn to read, since reading is so important for a successful future.
It's also a time when families can support children in
their reading. This fun family activity can help families do just that.
If you would like to practice with your after-school
group first, that would be fine.
But on Thanksgiving Day, give a half-sheet of paper to
each person at your Thanksgiving gathering. Ask him or her to write a paragraph
about what he or she is thankful for. Be sure to tell each person that you will
be reading these tributes aloud for all to hear.
will be fascinating to see how different or the same everybody's thoughts are.
Some will be funny; some will make you see family members in a whole new light;
some may be so sweet that they bring tears to your eyes.
After everyone has had a chance to write, collect them.
Then find a good time to read them aloud, either at the dinner table or while
you're waiting for the little dealie in the turkey to pop up, signaling that
You can practice a little leadership by leading a brief
discussion after each paragraph, and see how family members respond to the
various ideas. Get the ball rolling by asking a question of the group, such as:
"Did you know that?" or "Are you surprised to hear that?"
You might want to keep these Thanksgiving tributes in a
special notebook and do this same activity year after year, re-reading old ones
and adding new ones. It will be a record of all of your family's blessings over
the years. The thicker it gets, the more blessed you will realize you are.