Now that the Halloween festivities are over, it's time to look forward to Thanksgiving! For the past 2 years I have done a Thanksgiving countdown with my kids. Each day in November, up until Thanksgiving, they pull out a piece of paper that says something we are thankful for and an activity to go along with it (I will put examples at the bottom of this post). In the past I made our countdown, but this year I found an adorable countdown calendar at TJ Maxx and couldn't resist! I used festive orange paper to print out the activities, then cut them apart and put them in the pouches on the calendar.
This is what I did for the past 2 years. I just made a VERY simple leaf garland and numbered the leaves. The kids would take off a leaf every day and the note with that day's activity was stapled to the back. This is really fun for the kids and gives us a chance to focus on the things we are grateful for throughout the month. Here are some of the activities we will be doing this year:
We are thankful for our GRANDPARENTS!
Send our grandmas and grandpas a letter or a picture.
We are thankful for COUSINS!
Talk to one of our cousins on Skype today.
We are thankful for PARKS!
Go and play at one of our parks.
We are thankful for our MOUTHS!
Make a yummy treat and eat it together.
We are thankful for our HANDS!
Do an art project using our hands.
We are thankful for our healthy BODIES!
Set up an obstacle course and use your body to get through it!
We are thankful for CUDDLING!
Cuddle together while we watch a movie.
We are thankful for JESUS!
Read scripture stories about Jesus and sing songs about him.
We are thankful for FRIENDS!
Have a friend over for a playdate today.
We are thankful for our FAMILY!
Play a game together as a family.
We are thankful for TURKEYS!
Make a turkey craft today.
We are thankful for ICE CREAM!
Go out for ice cream!
We are thankful for DADDY!
Go to Daddy's work and leave him a treat in his car.