When fall arrives and we start looking forward to cooler weather and the Thanksgiving holiday, many of us pay more attention to things we’re thankful for. While it’s ideal to be thankful all of the time, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year because of the way that it emphasizes an “attitude of gratitude.” Another reason I love Thanksgiving is because of the many family traditions that come with the holiday. Today, I want to share with you a printable, gratitude-fostering activity that may just become one of your family’s new favorite Thanksgiving traditions. We like to refer to this activity as the “Thankful Turkey.”
The concept behind this printable is very simple, yet it’s something that every member of the family will be able to participate in and enjoy (regardless of age). Use the free printable to download the turkey’s body and several feathers. Each feather says “is thankful for” and has a place to write a person’s name and something that person is thankful for.
There’s no set way that you HAVE to use this Thankful Turkey, but here are some ways that you CAN:
- Once a week, for the month of November, have each family member add something that person is thankful for to a feather and attach it to the turkey.
- Each day for the month of November, ask an individual family member to contribute one feather to the turkey.
- Use it on Thanksgiving day for a large group of extended family members to contribute to.
- Use it at a “Friendsgiving” gathering!
I suggest laminating the turkey and feathers after you print and cut them out. This makes this project so much more durable, and that will make it easier to write on, erase, and re-use! If you don’t have a laminator, think about investing in one! It can be a huge blessing to your homeschool and save you a lot of time and money in the long run!
If you’d like to share this Thankful Turkey printable with friends or relatives, please direct them here so they can read our article and download their own turkeys. We want to be a blessing to others, and this is a way you can be a blessing to us too! (And we’re so thankful for you!!)
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