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Focusing on Thanksgiving

FYI… IT’S THE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING!!! Did this sneak up on anyone else?  Ok, it didn’t actually sneak up on me but it did get here a lot quicker than I thought it would.  I have been extra careful this year not to use the “C” word (Christmas) around my girls until after Thanksgiving.

Why?  Because commercially, except for grocery stores, its almost a forgotten holiday.  And Thanksgiving is such a good one to focus on!  So we’ve spent the past few weeks talking about Thanksgiving.  I’ve been reading them one book over and over again that talks about why we celebrate Thanksgiving.

I love this book because of how simple it is.  It gives illustrations of what Thanksgiving is not and then ends with what Thanksgiving is… a time to give thanks to God who gave us everything. The girls really seem to enjoy it.

Another book that I love is Balloons Over Broadway.

This book gives the history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as well of the science of making all those amazing balloons you see every year in the Parade. I have always been a sucker for the parade and look forward to my girls falling in love with it too.  Esther is most excited that after the parade comes a REALLY big meal.  She has a special place in her heart for food. 🙂

This week I plan to continue to keep the focus on Thanksgiving. To do this we are taking a break from our normal school curriculum and will instead be working on some Thanksgiving crafts and projects.

I searched Pinterest last week for some ideas.  I like projects that are easy, meaningful, and don’t require me going out and buying a lot of new supplies.  Here’s what I came up with.

Thanksgiving word and picture traceable



We have almost finished working our way through learning to write the alphabet and I thought this would make a fun review.  It’s like sneaking a little school in without them even realizing it.  Not that they would mind really. Noah and Esther go crazy for school.

thankful pumpkin


How cute is this?   This craft encourages the children to verbalize what they are thankful for.  Plus, from a mom’s standpoint it looks super easy!  Every once in a while we need one of those crafts that only takes five minutes to prepare.  

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My girls are at that stage where they love tearing paper and then gluing it to a piece of paper.  They are also pretty huge fans of tracing their own hands. Something tell me this project will be a hit for them.Handprint-Footprint-Turkey-Kids-Crafts(source)

Paint!  Seriously when can you go wrong with paint and toddlers. Well, except that it’s normally a super stressful time for mom and requires a good bit of cleanup but the kid’s enjoy it.



Ok, I think I am most excited about this one.  The girls use www.abcmouse.com as part of their school curriculum and have recently worked their way up to the color by number sheets.  Noah is pretty good at them.  I’m saving this little activity for the actual Thanksgiving day activities. It may help keep some little hands busy while they wait on Thanksgiving dinner.  Not that I would need to do that or anything.

So what are some of the ways your family focuses on Thanksgiving each year?  Do y’all have any special crafts that y’all like to do together?

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