Storytime Theme: We Are Thankful

I cannot believe Thanksgiving is just next week!  Reality hit me hard this week when we had our Thanksgiving themed storytime.  This year I focused on giving thanks and what it meant to be thankful.  Then the children were asked to think about things they love and are thankful for to make their craft.  I could see how seriously the children took this challenge.  They worked very hard and thoughtfully.  And they really enjoyed showing their turkeys to me at the end.

Books:

  • Monster Knows Please and Thank You by Connie Colwell Miller (If monsters can use their manners, surely we can! Right???)
  • Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland (We talked about how the word THANKS is found in the word Thanksgiving before reading this book.)
  • Thank You, Bear by Greg Foley (this book showed us that when someone does something nice for us, we should always thank them in return.)
  • Splat the Cat Says Thank You! by Rob Scotton (Splat is an old favorite! In this book he is anxious to make his friend smile so he begins to think of all the ways his friend has helped him in order to say thanks.)
  • Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes (This books gives great examples of things children can be thankful for.)

Activity:

IMG_0103thankful turkey

Thankful Turkeys:  This craft looks simple but can be a challenge for kids!  They are tasked with coming up with a list of things they are thankful for and then record those responses on turkey feathers.  Being thankful is a hard concept for kids of this age, so I like to explain it as things they love.

Songs/Fingerplays:   

(please note: the “Thank You Rhyme” listed below was taken from the Moms Cats Signing Academy website)                              

                                                                     

song 1song 2song 3

This lesson plan is free and you have my permission to use it all you want.  I just ask that you give me a little love by crediting me on any blog or social media post.  Thank you!

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