Classroom Thanksgiving Games

Classroom Thanksgiving Games



Classroom Thanksgiving Games
If you're planning a​ Thanksgiving party in​ the​ classroom,​ there are a​ myriad of​ games you can have the​ children play that will be fun but also educational and useful in​ teaching the​ concept of​ being thankful .​
Be careful not to​ overdo the​ turkey aspect of​ Thanksgiving .​
Some children forget that it's about more than the​ turkey .​
Playing some fun games can help them remember the​ purpose of​ Thanksgiving .​
Try a​ gratitude bag .​
Fill the​ bag with several cards,​ each with something on​ it .​
Some will say Thanksgiving while others will have a​ word or​ picture of​ other things .​
Some of​ those other things might be cars,​ food,​ clothes,​ etc .​
Have the​ children sit in​ a​ circle and draw a​ card out of​ the​ bag .​
If they get a​ card that has a​ picture or​ word on​ it​ other than Thanksgiving they should talk about why they are thankful for that item and why others should be as​ well .​
For example,​ if​ the​ child choose shoes,​ they might express how thankful they are that they have shoes so their feet stay clean and they don't get cold in​ the​ winter and they stay unharmed when they are walking .​
Depending on​ the​ ages of​ the​ children,​ this might be a​ simple response or​ something a​ little more involved once they understand the​ concept better .​
If they draw the​ car card,​ they might comment on​ how nice it​ is​ to​ have a​ car and not have to​ take the​ bus,​ or​ how nice it​ is​ that their mom can pick them up from school so they don't have to​ walk home everyday .​
With help from the​ teacher or​ a​ parent,​ they might even note that in​ many parts of​ the​ world,​ people don't have cars (or shoes) and that they are lucky to​ have all these things.
If the​ child chooses a​ card that says Thanksgiving they should come up with an​ original idea about something they are thankful for .​
Try to​ steer them away from things like Playstation but instead steer them toward things like my parents and my house and my room.
For some thinking fun,​ have kids do a​ word find with Thanksgiving words .​
Provide them with a​ list of​ words related to​ Thanksgiving .​
They might be Thanksgiving,​ Cornucopia,​ Mayflower,​ Turkey,​ etc .​
Then they must find words contained in​ those words .​
So,​ if​ the​ word is​ Mayflower,​ they might find words like lay,​ flower,​ flow and the​ like .​
Thanksgiving might turn into thank,​ sing,​ and an.See which child can find the​ most words in​ the​ list of​ words you provide them .​
Try to​ challenge the​ kids to​ find words within the​ words that relate back to​ Thanksgiving.
The old memory game is​ always fun and can be used for Thanksgiving too .​
Have the​ children sit in​ a​ circle and have someone start the​ game by saying,​ At Thanksgiving,​ I​ like to​ eat and then finish it​ with one food item .​
So that child might say,​ At Thanksgiving,​ I​ like to​ eat turkey,​ and the​ next child will say,​ At Thanksgiving,​ I​ like to​ eat turkey and cranberry sauce .​
The next child would continue with,​ At Thanksgiving,​ I​ like to​ eat turkey and cranberry sauce and green beans .​
Each child will carry on​ until the​ list becomes so long,​ someone is​ sure to​ forget an​ item .​
You can either star the​ game over or​ keep going until everyone is​ out but one child.




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