Thanksgiving is just ten days away!
One powerful way to prepare for this wonderful holiday is to start early (today isn’t too soon) and “give thanks” each day.
Some families start on the first day of November, others begin after Veterans Day or the week before Thanksgiving.
Whenever you start, try to set aside a special time to count your blessings each day.
Many families keep a special gratitude journal that documents the things family members are grateful for. It can become a special family history book that helps your family remember countless blessings that might otherwise be forgotten.
Or, some families make a "gratitude turkey." The turkey starts out featherless, and each day family members think of things they are thankful for, write them on colorful paper feathers, and add them to the gratitude turkey.
The goal is to make the turkey as colorful as possible by Thanksgiving day, but the real blessing is in remembering the many wonderful things in our lives we sometimes take for granted!
Below are a few ideas for gratitude turkeys you could make.
Click on the pictures to view instructions to make the turkeys.
- After you look at the first turkey, you can click the "Next" button to see 17 other crafts.
- The second turkey is a great way to use up leftover Halloween candy. The site also has other great turkey crafts for pre-schoolers.
- The third turkey is linked to a page with many great craft ideas, and the instructions for the gratitude turkey are further down the page.
- The last turkey isn't linked to anything. It's just a picture to give you an idea of how you could make a gratitude turkey poster or placemat. If you make placemats, each member of your family might want to make their own turkey.
Be sure to take a picture of your turkey before your take it down so you can preserve some of the memories!