We've all participated in the around-the-table thankfulness exercise at the Thanksgiving meal. Each person lists a number of things they’re thankful for, nod politely as everyone shares and then dig into some pie and coffee.
If we’re honest, this ritual can get sort of repetitive and there isn’t a lot to hold the attention of a young child. But what if there were props, pictures, and storytelling involved?
This year as you settle around the table with full bellies, have the children participate in a “Show and Thank” extravaganza as they share what they’re most thankful for. It’s great entertainment for the adults and fun for the children!
How it Works:
- Tell your children a few days in advance about the activity so they can prepare their memories. Give them some construction paper and stickers and tell them to draw or write out a favorite memory from the year. If you have children with a flair for the dramatic, feel free to include costumes and props!
- After everyone is done eating the main Thanksgiving meal, introduce the kids who would like to share one-by-one and have them take turns sharing their stories with their pictures and props.
- For shy children, offer to stand with them and help share their story. Not only is this a fun exercise in thankfulness, it’s a great public speaking opportunity!
- Ask if anyone around the adult table would like to share too! Who knows? You may be inspired to share what you’re thankful for with paper and crayons too!
- Keep the treasured memories made by your children for years to come!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller we love teaching about the holiday spirit of charity and gratitude and are confident our innovative programs and excellent staff team are the best choice for your child’s care and education. Contact us today to schedule a tour and learn more about our creative and exclusive curriculum!