Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!!!
I hope that you're enjoying lots of time with your favorite family and food ;) In case you're in the market for a simple activity for your kids today I have one for you! Yesterday I printed off some large and small turkeys and the kids painted them with watercolors.
While they dried I cut sheets of card stock in half and then folded the halves in half (that makes sense in my head. hahaha)
I cut out the small turkeys and then we glued them on the side of the folded half sheets of paper.
I wrote out our Thanksgiving guests names out and then the boys wrote them on the place cards.
Mason went back and added some "touches" to his like this balloon on Haha's...
... and this cake on Griffin's.
If you don't need place cards you could print the larger ones and then either paint or color them.... you could even have a coloring contest for your guests :)
You could cut them out ahead of time and string one (or a few!) on yarn and make turkey necklaces or cut them out and staple them to a construction paper crown and make turkey hats. ;)
Last, I posted this quote from Jen Hatmaker last year - but it's so good I thought I'd share it again...
A quick word to everyone for whom this Thanksgiving is a sad first. First Thanksgiving after you lost someone precious this year, after a divorce, after a hard move, after a job loss, after something broke apart.
Thanksgiving (and the Christmas season) are wrapped up in traditions, but when an important person or place is missing, everything can feel disoriented and broken.
I love you. God loves you and sees you. Praying this morning for new joy, fresh enthusiasm, the creation of new memories. Asking that grief does not rule your heart and mind this year.
You are strong and capable and still able to fill your days with laughter and joy. Jesus is the best. People love you. You matter. There is still so much ahead.
God gave us an amazing tool to mitigate sorrow and seize joy by the collar: gratitude. It is a crazy effective trick.
Maybe we can bear witness for each other here today. For those of us who suffered a loss this year and those of us who just love you. Let's list it, name it all, as a sheer act of courage and trust in the face of struggle:
What are you thankful for, in spite of everything, dear ones?