Each month my Mother-in-Law writes a seasonal poem or story for my children. They love receiving these and we keep each one in a special binder. The latest story is about Thanksgiving. My children absolutely loved it, so I thought I would share it with you. Feel free to change the names in the story and use it with your kiddos.
A Thanks Giving Story
Thanksgiving’s in a few weeks; the last leaves begin to fall,
It’s getting colder; there may be snow upon the wall.
That leads down the driveway and ends at the sidewalk.
Inside it’s cozy, and Mom is in the kitchen looking at menus for the feast.
“I want pumpkin pie,” says Sam, the dessert fan.
“Well, I want macaroni and cheese!” from Gracen, the cheese eater.
“And I want pizza!” cries Weslyn, who isn’t sure what Thanksgiving is, but knows he loves pizza with pepperoni and cheese.
“We must ask Dad, turkey or ham,” muses Mom, paging through Betty Crocker.
“Turkey! Ham!” shout the three rascals, dancing up and down and banging their hands on the counter tops.
“Mashed potatoes! Butter beans! Sweet potatoes!
“There’s more to Thanksgiving than lots of food,” reminds Mom.
“Thanks Giving. That’s what we need to remember. We should be glad that we have so much to be grateful for.”
“Let’s make a Thanks Giving list of what we are happy about.”
“Well,” says Dad, coming through the front door, “I’m just happy to be home.”
“You can help with the list.” Mom hands out paper and pencils.
“Give me a min. to rest, then I will.” Dad sits down in his favorite chair.
“Guess what? When I look around, I see something to be glad for—Darla!” says Sam.
“I’m glad for my birthday presents,” smiles Gracie.
“And I’m glad for pizza!” yells Wes.
What else will the three rascals put on their lists?
Here are the children's responses:
Gracen is thankful for flowers and art.
This is the book we read to go along with this activity:
Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks
Sure, Thanksgiving is about pilgrims and history-and turkey, of course!-but most importantly, it's a holiday all about everything that we are thankful for. Cheerful, colorful illustrations accompany the simple text in this celebration of family, friends, and the holiday that brings them all together.
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