Thanksgiving is a holiday when families gather and spend time together. It’s a perfect day for appreciating our family members and enjoying each other’s company. Here are some fun Thanksgiving activities families can do together.
1. Watch Some Thanksgiving Movies
There are some wonderful movies about Thanksgiving that the whole family can watch. Two of my favorites are Mouse on the Mayflower and Miracle on 34th Street . I like the first one because it provides an opportunity to talk about the founding of the country and the first Thanksgiving.
The second one takes place between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I like it because it centers on faith — in family, in wishes, and even in even in our fellow human beings. It reminds us of the importance of being positive and being thankful for what we have.
2. Read Some Thanksgiving Books
Children who like to read are sure to enjoy reading books about Thanksgiving . From picture books to story books with delightful stories about Thanksgiving to a history of the first Thanksgiving in 1621, there is a book available for every taste and interest.
Here are some additional books that gifted kids should enjoy:
3. Make Some Thanksgiving Treats
The grown ups are usually busy preparing for Thanksgiving, so why not let the kids help? They can create some of these easy treats with little or no supervision.
4. Play Some Games
Playing games together is always a wonderful way for families to build and strengthen bonds. And Thanksgiving is the perfect time to focus on the family and strengthen those bonds. Check out these sites that have numerous of games that you can make and play, just play, or play online. One of my favorites is Thanksgiving Boggle, suggested by the Creative Youth Web site . It’s quick and easy. Everyone just tries to create as many words as they can using just the letters in the word “Thanksgiving.”
5. Create Gratitude Books
Each member of the family creates a personal Gratitude Book. In it, each person writes down what he or she feels grateful for at that moment. It will encourage your child (and you) to focus on the positives in life and appreciate all that there is to be thankful for. Even in the worst circumstances, it is possible to find something positive and most of us don’t find ourselves in the worst circumstances.
The Gratitude Books can be as simple or ornate as each person desires, although it’s most fun if everyone personalizes their book. You can buy notebooks and then personalize them by drawing or coloring on the covers. Or you can spend some time before Thanksgiving making books with blank pages. You can use a manila folder to make a journal . You can be as creative with it as you all like.
On Thanksgiving, the family sits together and writes down everything they are grateful for. If your child is too young to write, then ask her to tell you what she’s grateful for and you can write it down for her. The next year, the family again sits down together, but this time each person reads aloud what they had written the prior year. Then everyone again writes down what they are grateful for. This activity encourages everyone to focus on the positive things in their lives from one Thanksgiving to the next.