Faith-Filled Feathers: ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving’ Crafts and Lessons for Little Learners

Blog - Faith-Filled Feathers- ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving’ Crafts and Lessons for Little Learners

Thanksgiving is a perfect time for you and your little ones to roll up your sleeves and dive into fun activities that teach timeless values. As you get ready to create a colorful handprint turkey, it’s the perfect chance to weave in gratitude, faith, and a little bit of humor as you share the delightful story ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving.’

Let’s Start with Our Craft:

Materials You’ll Need:

  • Brown, red, yellow, and orange non-toxic paint
  • Construction paper of any hue
  • Paintbrushes or sponges for easy painting
  • Markers for those final turkey touches
  • Optional: Googly eyes and glue for extra fun

Crafting Your Turkey:

  1. Paint and Press: Cover your child’s palm and thumb in brown paint. This will be the turkey’s body. Press it onto the paper to make a handprint.
  2. Finger Feathers: Let the handprint dry, then have your child decorate the fingers with colorful paint dots or stripes.
  3. Add Personality: Once the paint dries, draw on a beak, feet, and wattle. Stick on googly eyes if you’re using them.
  4. Gratitude Feathers: On each feather, write one thing your child is thankful for.
  5. Show It Off: Display your turkey art as a proud reminder of your child’s creativity and thankfulness.

A Story with a Giggle: ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving’

Now, while those turkey feathers are drying, why not settle down with a fun read? ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving’ is a charming tale that will have you both giggling. It’s about some children who visit a turkey farm, and then, well, let’s just say things get a bit feathery!

While this story is a hoot, it’s a good moment to remind your little ones that while it’s okay to laugh at the characters’ antics, in real life, we don’t take our farmer’s turkeys home! It’s important to respect others’ property and always ask for permission – a valuable lesson wrapped in a feathery fiasco.

Heartfelt Conversations to Have:

  • Love for All Creatures: This book is a fun way to discuss how we should treat God’s creatures with kindness and care.
  • The Spirit of Sharing: The kids in the story show us the joy of sharing, just as we share God’s love with others.
  • Cherishing Family Time: This book is also a reminder of how special it is to gather with loved ones, just like we do on Thanksgiving.

As you’re laughing over the story’s mischief, it’s the perfect time to weave in those meaningful discussions about gratitude, sharing, and family love.

Remember, each handprint turkey isn’t just a craft; it’s a precious memory in the making and a lesson about life’s blessings. So, this Thanksgiving, let’s create, giggle, and grow in faith together. After all, a little laughter and a lot of love is what makes any holiday special.

Kersten Veronesi

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