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My friend, Carrie Wood came up with some terrific ideas to use in the classroom and they help us all to remember what we are thankful for this year. I plan to use a few of these with my kids this November as we get closer to Thanksgiving. I only have a couple of weeks so I might use two or three of the ideas each week. If you use any of these or create your own ideas, please reply and let me know what you’re doing and how it went. You can also go to my Facebook page and post pics from your classroom so everyone can see what a great teacher you are! 

1 Thessalonians 5:18- Give thanks in everything for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 

Philippians 4:6 & 7- Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. 

  • Thankful Tree – Create a large tree in the hallway or your classroom with colorful leaves the children can attach each week. 
  • Thanksgiving Wreath – Create a wreath, but provide a donut-shaped poster board for kids to glue colorful leaves. Help them write things they are thankful for on each leaf before gluing. Add a bow. 
  • Musical Turkey – Allow kids to pass a plush animal turkey or even a paper plate while music is playing. When the music stops or the teacher says, “Gobble-Gobble” the person holding the item must name something for which they are thankful. 
  • Bottom Ball Toss – The ball or balloon is swatted back and forth in the circle while kids sit in their chairs. Kids must stay seated and never lift their bottom off the chair. A child must name something they are thankful for each time they swat the balloon across the circle. 
  • Ding-Dong Ditch – Instead of ringing the neighbors doorbell and running, try leaving a goody bag (then run). This is a great idea to have fun with your neighbors and be able to show them appreciation. I recommend hiding until they open and find the goody bag. After a moment to read the card of appreciation, you and your family can jump out and surprise them. Hugs and smiles with words of kindness are always a terrific gift. 


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