What are you thankful for?!

What are you thankful for?!

Thanksgiving is a festival celebrated in almost ten countries across the globe. It is one of the most looked forward to holidays in the U.S and Canada. Thanksgiving kick starts the holiday season, which is followed by Christmas and New Year.

As the name suggests, Thanksgiving is observed to give thanks for the blessings of the harvest and the preceding year. It has long been celebrated as a secular holiday. Every year it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. Did you know that there was no turkey on the menu at the first Thanksgiving?!

Now you must be thinking, what is the relevance of Thanksgiving to children?

We are currently living in an age where things aren’t just revolving around a single city, or a state or a country. Every scenario is global in nature, and as caregivers we are all striving to provide the maximum exposure to our little ones.

Festivals are the quickest way to give your tiny tots an idea about different cultures, languages, history, geography and so on! You can tap their curiosity in the right direction and help them gather some additional information about the world.

Here are some exciting engagements you can try with your preschoolers this Thanksgiving!

1) Cardboard Turkey

This is a fun craft activity. Children can bring in their own creativity and make their turkey. You will need:
● Turkey shaped cardboard cutout
● Feather shape paper cutout
● Gluestick/fevicol
● Feathers
● Pompoms
● Crayons
This will work on strengthening their finger muscles and develop fine motor skills.

2.   Gratitude Tree

This is an engagement which can be like an ongoing project for your children, which would make them reflect about their day and be grateful for that one thing which made their day. It could be the muffin you packed for a snack or a friend who played with them. You will need:
● An old branch- go on a nature walk and pick up a worn out branch
● A vase
● Paints- your child could paint the branch with the color of their choice
● Leaf shaped paper cutouts
● Hole punch
● String
Let’s hear from them, what are they thankful or grateful for?!

3.  Turkey Fruit Salad

Cooking experiments with your preschoolers can be a lot of fun! This Thanksgiving, you can try making this Turkey fruit salad with your child. You may include your child in the cutting process and let them choose the pattern in which they want to arrange the fruits in each skewer. You may encourage them to follow the same pattern as on the first skewer. What you will need:
● Pear for the body of the turkey
● Seasonal fruits like orange, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, apple, cherry, banana
● Skewers
● Plate to serve

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