In addition to teaching my students the standard A, B, Cs and 1+2=3, I try to sprinkle in real-life lessons that they use forever. So today’s grateful turkey craft is perfect for JUST that for this Thanksgiving!
In honor of Thanksgiving, I’m inserting the conversation of “gratitude” and having my students think about what they can be grateful for. So beginning November 1st, every day with our morning routine, we as to these Grateful Turkey Craft.
It’s very simple! All you have to do is cut out the turkey’s body and a different colored feather for the turkey each day. I’ve seen a versions where teachers (or parents) provide pre-made cutouts for their kids. But since I’m allll about practicing their motor skills (remember?), I had my students cut out their own feathers.
Every day we’d go around and share what each of us were thankful for (either that day or from the day before). They’d each have a go at their handwriting as well here and then glue on a feather.
I noticed at first the kids were having hard times grasping the concept of gratitude; striving to come up with things they’re grateful for. But over time, were prepared before class even started! They were waiting every morning add their feather, it was so exciting!
What I also like about this is that you do it for 20-something days (until Thanksgiving) and it allows for repetition of this concept and really getting a hang of it.
I shared what I did with on my Instagram (@elainechaya) and people got so inspired that they did their very own versions below with their kids! I love how we can all inspire each other and this was a great example of that!
Let me know if you do this Grateful Turkey Craft for Thanksgiving and tag me so I can see and repost!
What do you think?