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Activity: Be Ye Thankful
by Marie Stroughter
An activity to help children remember all the things God does for us.
Idea: Be Ye Thankful
Ages: Toddler - 10 years old
CONCEPT: A reminder of all the things God has done
for us throughout the year
Construction paper (fall colors)
A large container (those big popcorn tins from wholesale stores would
Activity: Yes, it's a little early to be thinking about Thanksgiving,
but this one takes a little preparation! It's a new family ritual that
we've done for a few of years now, and it is wonderful! Cut the construction
paper into large leaves. Designate a place in your home for the tin
can. Nearby, put some pens/markers, and the construction paper leaves.
Throughout the year, each family member should write down something
they are thankful for. On Thanksgiving day, each family member should
make a construction paper turkey (you know, the outline of your hand),
and date it. Glue it to the tin can. It serves as a "measuring
stick" each year for children's growth, and is a nice covering
for the can. Then, each member takes a turn pulling out one of the leaves
and reading it. For younger children who cannot read, they can be the
"designated leaf-puller-outer" and other family members simply
read the leaf the younger child has pulled out. It's a great way to
remember events throughout the year, and to be reminded of how much
we have been blessed!