Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be just about turkey and stuffing. After Santa makes his way down the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, it’s time to turn off the television and bring out the games and books to keep your child entertained while the turkey is roasting away. Here are four fun ideas:
1. Thanksgiving M&M Turkeys
This comes from ToddlerApproved and was suggested by one of storytellers. By using the template provided on the website, a few M&Ms, and a few crayons. If you want to add dice into the game, the website suggests making each color of candy correspond with a specific number. Children can make practice pattern making, counting, and color identification with this craft.
2. Tell a story about the first Thanksgiving
This story comes from RovingFiddlehead. It was a big hit at storytime last week! You need just a pipe cleaner and pony beads. As you tell the story, your child can thread each bead on the pipe cleaner. Once you reach the end, have your child tell you the story, using the beads as a visual aid. Threading beads is also a great way to build fine motor skills in younger children. The story is as follows:
Pilgrims left England for a new life (brown bead). They sailed on the Mayflower (white bead). It was a very, very, very long trip over the ocean (3 blue beads, add very slowly). And then finally, LAND AHOY! They reached Plymouth (green bead). But it was a very, very, very long winter (3 white beads, add very slowly). And then spring came (green bead). The Pilgrims met the Native Americans who helped teach them about farming and the resources available in the new world (tan bead). At the end of the harvest, they shared the first Thanksgiving feast with cranberry (red bead), corn (yellow bead), turkey (brown bead), and pumpkin (orange bead).
3. A Watercolor Turkey
This is one of my favorite crafts, and it’s so easy! You need only a few sheets of construction paper (brown and orange), a coffee filter, and some markers. Color the coffee filter with the markers. Then using a spray bottle filled with water, spray the coffee filter. You’ll want to do this on a covered surface. You could also just dip the filter in a small cup of water. Let it dry. Cut out a turkey shape from the construction paper (don’t forget the legs!). Then glue the pieces together. afaithfulattempt has a great set of instructions and example!
4. Read Thanksgiving-themed books
Carve out some time to read a few Thanksgiving Day-themed books with your children. Compare the stories. what are the similarities? What are the differences? What was your favorite? Stop by your local SCDL location to check out our collection of Thanksgiving books or click the picture below to go to our online catalog and place your hold today!
Tell us about your favorite Thanksgiving Day traditions.