November -- Week 3
Thanksgiving

As an introduction to this theme, please check out
Why do Americans celebrate Thanksgiving?,
make it "Toddler-sized" and explain it to the children.

Ideal for
16 months -
2 1/2 years
CREATIVE
ACTIVITIES
SPECIAL TOYS & GAMES BIBLE LANGUAGE
MONDAY Pumpkin Pie: Paint a paper plate with orange paint mixed with white glue. Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon & alspice). Explore Gords & Pumpkins: Buy some real gords and small pumpkins for the children explore (and/or decorate with washable markers). Recite:
"Obey your father and mother." Ephesians 6:2

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A Poor Lady Gives to God,
page 120

Attention Getter: Have each child deposit two pennies into a church-shaped bank (or any bank).



Sign Language:
Thank You

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Thanksgiving Finger Play

Five Pilgrims fish in the morn.
(pretend to fish)

Five Indians help them plant corn.
(pretend to plant)

The Indians bring the corn
(hold up right hand)

The Pilgrims bring the meat.
(hold up left hand)

Ten new friends sit down to eat.
(Fold hands together)

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Note: Add this section for older children. Click here for
Planning Ideas
.

Flash Cards and/or Felt Shapes:

Widow's Mite
Letters: G, H

Numbers: 1-5

Color: Brown

Shape: Rectangle

TUESDAY Pre-cut a yellow construction paper Corn Cob shape. Have the children use blue, green, orange and red bingo markers and create as many colored dots as they wish on the corn cob shape. Staple on real corn husks. Let's Be Thankful
Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Let's be thankful for this day
Four our friends and our play
Let's be thankful; let's be glad
For our food and the things we have
Let's give thanks for you and me
And our home and family.

WEDNESDAY Teach all or some of this The Woman's Last Coin lesson and activities. Money Drop--Cut a slit in old oatmeal containers big enough for poker chips to fit in. Drop the chips in the hole. Talk about the how the women only had two pennies and she gave both of them.
THURSDAY Make a Thankful Book: Fold paper or papers in half and staple fold to make book. Provide pre-cut pictures found in magazines of things the children are thankful for. Allow the children to gule the items in the book. As a class project, make a Thanksgiving Chain: On paper chain links write what the children say they are thankful for. Have the parents make links too. Put togehter and display around the room.
FRIDAY Thanksgiving Plates: On a paper plate, let children glue pre-cut pics of food (turkey, stuffing, vegetables, etc. from grocery ads). Roll Gords: Take turns rolling real gords to eachother. Roll balls, too. Which one is easier to roll?
SNACKS & ALTERNATE ACTIVITIES
Snack Foods:
All served from a sugar cone "cornicopia"

Veggies & Dip

Apples & Dip

Crackers

Finger Jell-O

Bread Slices

Watch Make a crayon rubbing of Two Pennies. Print the memory verse on the page. Choose one or more of these Thanksgiving and Fall Crafts for Kids. Pilgrims
Tune: The Ants Go Marching One By One

The pilgrims are coming to celebrate
Hurrah Hurrah
The pilgrims are coming to celebrate
Thanksgiving Day
The pilgrims are coming so don't be late
They'll sing and dance to celebrate
And we'll all have fun so hurry and don't be late!


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