Thanksgiving is upon us and we all know what that means. Family gathers from all over, friends come together, and a decadent feast is prepared for all to enjoy. While Thanksgiving may be regarded as an excuse to get together and eat to your heart’s content, it is also important to remember the reason for the season. It is especially important to teach your children the meaning of the holiday and instill in them how important to be grateful for what they have. Here are some easy ways to teach your children why we celebrate Thanksgiving and how to communicate what they’re thankful for.
Make a Thankfulness Jar
This easy and fun activity can involve the whole family. Throughout the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, have each member of your family write down something they appreciate or something they’re grateful for. Once it’s finally time for the big meal, reach into your Thankfulness Jar and read aloud what everyone in your family has to be thankful for. Doing this together is a great way to show your children that we all have things to be thankful for in our lives, big and small.
The holiday season is all about bringing family and friends together and celebrating, however, not everyone is as fortunate. This Thanksgiving season, schedule a time for your family to volunteer in your community. Whether at a local soup kitchen or at a community center, volunteering your time to help those in need will allow your children to experience giving back and appreciate what they have in their lives.
Do a Thanksgiving Day Craft
Doing a Thanksgiving craft is a great way to organize a fun activity for your children while also making them think about and express what they’re thankful for. The possibilities are endless. Make a gratitude wreath out of your children’s hand traces and have them write what they’re thankful for on each handprint. Craft a thankfulness pumpkin out of construction paper and use them as table decorations. Your children will always remember the fun memories made while crafting on Thanksgiving.
This Thanksgiving season, while you’re prepping for the festivities, try and carve out some time to teach your children the true meaning of the holiday and teach them how to express what they’re thankful for in their lives.