Fall is such a great time of year, wouldn’t you agree?
I love the introspection we feel as we discover the world adapting to the cooling temperatures… we come together over family feasts…and we share wonderful annual traditions such as bonfires, pumpkin patches and apple picking.
All of it seems to be building up to Thanksgiving–that wonderful holiday in late November when we are surrounded by family and friends as we remember that there is always, always something to be thankful for.
Best of all, Thanksgiving readies our hearts for the coming Christmas celebrations. We can enter the holiday season with filled-up hearts that are ready to serve and to worship the birth of our Savior!
With this in mind, I’ve created the ultimate round-up of crafts, activities, printables and books that can help your family cultivate a thankful heart during this season!
Thanksgiving Unit Studies, Lapbooks and Printables:
Check out the free “Learning to Be Thankful Printable Pack”…
Here are some awesome thankfulness-themed read alouds:
And a few board books:
Audio CDs (maybe to play while you’re completing all those thankful journals and printables?):
Thanksgiving Activities and Crafts:
There are lots of great ideas (75 of them to be exact!) that can help you teach about the glory of fall and Thanksgiving. Some of them are more general, while others focus on thankfulness.
Thanksgiving Trees Ideas:
Here’s another beautiful “Thanksgiving tree” idea. I love how Katie of Paradise Praises recommends taking the leaves down at the end of the celebration and using them as the Thanksgiving table runner!
Posts that Encourage and Inspire Us to Keep Thankful Hearts this Season:
I wrote this post about the importance of remembering Thanksgiving (even as we plan for the, ahem, OTHER, end-of-the-year holidays).
and this post is about discovering authentic thanks… when life seems anything but blessed.
I also wanted to share these two posts:
And there you have it: tons of ways that you and your family can learn about thankfulness!
Enjoy, savor and treasure these times with your children (and with Jesus)!
What are your favorite ways to celebrate Thanksgiving with your kids or to teach about thankfulness? Which of these will you try this year?