Last year, when our girls were just shy of three, we talked a lot about Thanksgiving being a time to give thanks for those things we value.
On Thanksgiving morning, I cut out a tree from construction paper, and green, yellow, orange, and red leaves. I asked the girls what things they were thankful for, and I wrote one thing on each leaf. I let them glue the leaves on the tree. It was a really fun activity, and I know it will make me smile to look back at some of the things they cited…like puzzles, and the neighbor’s dog.
This year, I wanted to introduce some history into their understanding. B and I went to the bookstore on Saturday in search of a good book. We actually bought two…one Curious George book (he’s just so hard to resist!), and this really great book from Scholastic.
I love that we can now begin to connect the dots about some of the images we associate with the holiday…and of course that’s going to fuel some heavy-duty crafting over the next couple of weeks.
I love this Mayflower craft…
…these Pilgrim hats…
…and there are so many turkeys to choose from, I’m sure we’ll make several.
And as for the Curious George book? It’s much more light-hearted, of course. Part of it talks about watching a big parade. Would you believe I’m going to let the girls watch a bit of TV this Thanksgiving? As long as they understand it’s a once-a-year occurrence, I think we’ll be OK. ;)
And of course we'll continue to talk about the things we're thankful for. Who knows...we might even fashion a new tree.
I'm so very thankful for my baby girls, and for the opportunity to celebrate holidays together as a family of four.