Thanksgiving

Today I would like to talk about Thanksgiving.

In France we don’t tend to celebrate this holiday which, I think, is a crying shame!

Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US and Canada in October or November of each year.
The origin of this holiday is to give thanks for harvest each year.
Nowadays, many families get together for Thanksgiving and use this time to show appreciation for what they have in their lives…
Food on the table
A loving family
A warm home

I believe it is important that children learn to appreciate the comforts we have rather than growing up and taking things for granted.

So, I am going to give you some ideas of crafts, activities and recipes that you could do with the kids to introduce the idea of giving thanks and being grateful in general.

First up, there are TONS of books designed for kids to teach them about the history of thanksgiving, fun traditions and the importance of being thankful for what we have.
Here is a list of 22 books, with short descriptions of each, from 123HomeSchool4Me (They’ve also got some great themed printables, so be sure to check them out!)

For the little ones you could recreate one of these fun turkey designs using their hand and foot prints!
Or go outside on a leaf hunt and create the tail feathers with the brightly coloured autumn leaves you find.
Honestly, head on over to Pinterest. You will find thousands of fun turkey themed crafts so it will be easy enough to find something that is suitable for each age range!

thanksgiving turkey craft

These next activities are really great to do as a family either as a discussion over dinner or they could
easily be made into a little project.
You could make a cute little booklet with a different thing you are grateful for on each page or create a gratitude poster.
Include drawings, photos and any relevant memories you have.
For example : I am grateful for my teddy bear because he is warm and I like to cuddle him at bed time (draw teddy bear)
I am grateful for my friends because we play lots of games together.
thanksgiving gratitude game  gratitude game

 

 

 

I particularly like this idea of making a big turkey and writing the things we are grateful on his tail feathers.
It’s cute, fun and everyone in the family can join in and take part!
Turn it into a challenge to see how big you can make his tail by thinking of all the things you are grateful for!

 

 

 

 

A big part of Thanksgiving is the food. Typically, families will gather together and feast on all sorts of delicious foods.
The most traditional foods to have at Thanksgiving are turkey, potatoes, stuffing, veggies and pumpkin or pecan pie for dessert!
I’m sure most of you have your own favourite ways of preparing these foods so I will give you a scrummy dessert recipe to try out with the children.
You could also take a look at our recent Halloween post for some delicious pumpkin recipes. (My personal faves were the pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting)

Turkey Rice Krispie Treats by ShugarySweets.com
rice krispie recipe
For the Krispie treats
1/4 cup unsalted butter
5 cups of rice krispie cereal
1 bag of marshmellow

For the Turkeys
1/4 cup melted chocolate pieces
12 chocolate buttons
candy corns
candy eyes
orange m&ms

Instructions
1. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Once melted, add marshmallows and stir continuously until melted. Remove from heat and quickly mix in the cereal, ensure it is all covered.
2. Press mixture onto baking sheet, try to make the mixture an even thickness. Allow to set, about 30 minutes.
3. Using a round cookie cutter cut circles into the krispie treat.
4. Eat the discards immediately. Yum!
5. Using the melted chocolate, attach about 5 candy corn for feathers, one chocolate button for the face, two eyes and half of an orange m&m for the beak.

 

And finally, I will leave you with this Thanksgiving song!