We made a "Thanksgiving Tree" today out of big sheets of brown paper. It's rather awkward-looking, as "cutting recognizable shapes" was not one of my best classes. Isaac cut some "leaves" out of construction paper, and we each wrote one thing we're thankful for on a leaf before taping it to our tree. We plan to do this each day until Thanksgiving, when our "tree" should be full of leaves! Everyone who visits our house will also be invited to contribute.
I also plan to check out Thanksgiving books from the library tomorrow, role-play the Pilgrim story next week, and make handprint turkeys to decorate the walls besides involving the kids in the cooking of the feast. Does anyone have a special Thanksgiving tradition to share that would help me teach my kiddos that Thanksgiving means giving thanks - not football, store specials and turkey?