Teaching Your Kids About Thanksgiving

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I know I’ve been super MIA. But I’ve been exactly where I’ve been needed – loving on my sweet kiddos and hubby! It’s been a much needed break. I’m not sure what the future of this blog is, but I know I missed blogging. When it fits in with family life, I love coming back to it!

Anywho, it’s almost Thanksgiving! Gobble, gobble! We’ve been decorating for Thanksgiving and Christmas here – because in our house they coexist!

As a homeschooling momma, I’m constantly trying to find fun activities to do with my littles that teach about the seasons, holidays, and our surroundings. Here’s what we’ve been up to for Thanksgiving!

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Lots of Thanksgiving books! No Time For Flashcards has awesome resources in the books department. I pretty much go to the library with her blog in hand! Some books we have enjoyed are:

  • The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving: This is a book I just happened to have from my student teaching days. It is definitely more a child’s history book on the Pilgrims. Since it doesn’t have a cute entertaining storyline, so I really thought my daughter would lose interest within the first few minutes. Surprisingly though she loved it. She seemed to pay attention on each page and asked questions about the Pilgrims. She was hooked from the first page that explained the Pilgrims left England because they couldn’t pray to God the way they wanted. My inquisitive and talkative child immediately asked, “Why couldn’t they pray to God the way they wanted?” And there she was hooked… Good details, great information. I love being able to teach her this material at a young age.
  • Sarah Gives Thanks: This book shares the story of how Sarah Josepha Hale helped make Thanksgiving a national holiday by going to great depths to inform the American public and several U.S. presidents of all Americans could learn from this holiday. The Thanksgiving feast is about gratitude and appreciation for what we have. The distance Sarah goes to communicate this, and her eventual success in the matter, is inspiring. No Time For Flashcards actually recommended Thank You, Sarah, but we could not find that book. We loved this one though!
  • Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving: This book is hilarious! Cute rhyme, great pictures, and sweet caring hearts of young children. On a school field trip, children learn that the turkeys they see are actually Thanksgiving dinner and are determined to save the turkeys. It’s definitely a comical book. It may make your kiddos think twice about eating the Thanksgiving turkey though!
  • And, of course, it seems every series has holiday books… Berenstain Bears, Fancy Nancy, etc.

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We’ve also been crafting! Because my 3-1/2-year-old’s favorite activity is crafts! I pretty much just search Pinterest up and down for ideas, and anything we remotely have supplies for, we create! So the toilet paper roll turkey, thankfulness turkey feathers, the mini Mayflower, ribbon turkeys… We’ve been stuck at home all week – and I’m thrifty! – so no Hobby Lobby trips for us. We totally made do. I think it worked! 😉

I also found this great Thanksgiving matching game that we are loving!

And this weekend, we are starting on our apple pies with homemade crust! (I bake and then freeze. No time to do it all the day before!)

Any great Thanksgiving ideas from y’all?

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