Posted November 22, 2010on:
When my children were little we would sing this thanksgiving song: There are many things I am thankful for. I can find them near and far. There are many things I am thankful for. Let me tell you what they are. Each one of the kids would get their turn to sing about what they were thankful for. The song ended with…and I’m thankful to be me.
This little song at Thanksgiving turned into the song they taught their baby dolls and to their “students” when they played school. It was the song that we sang each night before bed and the song they would sing on a car ride. It is now the song that they sing and teach to their own children. They are listening to the wonderful way that their little ones are starting to be thankful.
If you have family and friends at your house around Thanksgiving Day, here are some ideas that you and your children can do together to show the many things they are thankful for:
- Thanksgiving placemats. Select paper, cloth or vinyl and let children decorate with drawings, photos, written names and special memories. These are wonderful additions to a table at meals or as a tabletop decoration around the house.
- Thanksgiving cards / books. Children can identify a special friend or part of the family and create a card or little book for them. Special drawings, photos, stories or particular “likes” for each person can be included in their very special book.
- “I am thankful for YOU!” Badges. Cut bright-colored circles, write or stamp I am thankful for YOU! on each one. (If you can, glue a photo of that person on the front of their badge). Children can sign their name or make a picture on the back. Punch a hole and string with ribbon. Children can present one to each person at your Thanksgiving table!
Thanksgiving offers us a traditional day set aside to consider all that we are thankful for. In reality, it is hard not to spend every day being thankful. When you look at your child – can you even remember what you did without her? Each morning when you wake up to a barking dog, smell coffee in the kitchen and hear the sounds of a busy household – stop moving and soak it in. When your child is hugging you – squeeze even tighter. When someone you love kisses you – rub it in. When you hold hands – never let go.
There are many things I am thankful for and I can find them near and far.
Count your blessings on Thanksgiving Day and every day.
-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director