Monday, November 17, 2008

Thanksgiving Ideas for Our American Friends

Up here in Canada we celebrated Thanksgiving back in Oct, but for our American friends, here's some quick and easy ways to have fun and incorporate literacy activities for your little ones at Turkey Time.

Aunts, Uncles, Grannies and Grampas love receiving homemade items. Your child can easily make a 'turkey' with some paint, piece of paper and the poem below.

1. Paint your child's palm and thumb brown, and each finger a feather colour (red, yellow, orange etc). Press hand onto paper to create the turkey body.
When dry, paint the tip of the index finger red and put on thumbprint for the turkey’s waddle. Use orange marker to make beak and feet and black marker for eyes. Add this poem beneath the turkey handprint:

This isn’t just a turkey,
As anyone can see.
I made it with my little hand
Which is a part of me.
It comes with lots of love
Especially to say:
I hope you have a very
Happy Thanksgiving Day!

2. Have little ones practise their printing by decorating and printing names on cards for the dinner table. Use stickers, cut out Thanksgiving pictures from magazines or flyers.

3. I am Thankful Turkey
Attach a turkey body to a construction paper background. On the body, write, ”I am thankful I can read these words.” Write words on feathers. Glue on feathers of words they can read. Kids can also (with help) write phrases of things they are thankful for (food, family, shelter etc) and draw a picture.

Some of these ideas are courtesy of where there are lots more Thanksgiving ideas.

Gobble, Gobble !

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