The first Thanksgiving was celebrated long ago, in November 1621. A group of travelers known as The Pilgrims, who came to America from England, had survived a harsh winter with very little food. Native Americans taught them how to plant and grow seeds, and their first harvest was a good one. To thank the Native Americans for their help, the Pilgrims invited them to a feast, the first Thanksgiving Celebration. They had pumpkins, sweet potatoes, corn, squash and turkey!
Thankfulness, gratitude, family bonding, sharing and supporting one another through hardships are some of the many values of Thanksgiving Thursday. There’s always something to be thankful for. And that’s an idea to kindle and pass on to the little ones. Looking for activities to entertain your youngest guests this year? Don’t miss our top five favorites!
- Thanksgiving recipes that any child can make: pumpkin spice pancakes, cranberry jelly, roasted nuts, mashed potato patties or baked apples. Thanksgiving galore!
- Volunteering and donating: it’s a great way to express gratitude, give back and lend someone a hand. Children can help out packing simple meals, deliver food to the elderly or just donate to the nearest food bank. An important life lesson, isn’t it?
- Put together a mini “I’m Thankful For Book”: a wonderful keepsake and a great writing activity. These little booklets can have all sorts of covers, illustrations and pop-ups. Each story comes with a twist!
- Play the Gratitude Game: no need to buy one, children can make their own. All they need is some cardboard, markers and scissors. If you’re a beginner in this, don’t worry. This is a mingling game for all the family. The more, the merrier!
- Every holiday needs a good greeting card! Roll up your sleeves and get to work! Start with taking a family picture to stick in the card, then make a nice frame, add lots of color and think of the greeting message that best describes your family. Authentic, right?
Happy Thanksgiving Day!