Thanksgiving is a special time of year to reflect on the many blessings in our lives. With kids, we can be intentional in our homes and classrooms and encourage a spirit of thankfulness in November as well as any time of the year. I’ve seen some fabulous “Thankful Trees” where kids can add leaves with various things they are thankful for.
It’s also great to have a little fun. Many families play annual games of football after Thanksgiving dinner, run a turkey trot, or pull out a game of Monopoly or a craft.
Here’s a book suggestion that is not only funny and witty but gets kids thinking about perspective: what about the turkey? In Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano, a turkey realizes the Big Day is approaching and tries to disguise himself from Farmer and his family. Thanks to his fellow farm friends, he comes up with a few ideas. But will he be saved from becoming the main course on Thanksgiving? (Don’t worry folks, it’s a G-rated picture book.) The illustrations are by a local eastern PA artist and definitely add to the fun, playful language of the book.
One fun idea to do after using this book is to have kids think of how they’d disguise themselves if they were the turkey. Basically, the gist is that the turkey needs to disguise himself so he will not be eaten on the big day.There are several of these turkey disguise activities out there; I like that this particular one (pictured above) by The Fabulous Life of an Elementary School Teacher has both art and writing components plus a parent take home letter. Best of all, this activity is free! Click the image to preview all of the pages in the packet and to download.
Pull out the craft supplies and have your kids come up with a disguise. I’ve seen some clever ones from Waldo to peacocks to princesses. Here are some great ideas to get you started from a school in Texas.