With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I wanted to do something with my kids to get them in the “thankful” spirit. We try to instill in them everyday to thank God for how He’s blessed us, but sometimes they need a reminder. 🙂
So, I came up with a Thanksgiving Lapbook where they will write, everyday up until Thanksgiving Day, something or someone that they are thankful for. I thought this would really get them thinking, and not just flying through a prayer before bed…”Thank you for this day, my family, food, Amen!” (They tend to pray this way after long days!)
Here’s the Thanksgiving Lapbook pdf. that you are welcome to print off and use for yourself! (I printed on card stock for durability.)
All you need is the printable pieces, scissors, glue stick, & 2 manila folders per kid.
To fold manila folders:
- Open up the folder and fold the outside tab sides into the middle crease.
- Do this to both folders.
- Glue the outside folds of each folder together to create the center. (Here is a quick video I found that explains how to easily assemble a lapbook: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7AfrtJyXQI )
Cut out all the number blocks for your days, and fold on the dotted line to give you a tab to glue to your folder. If you start on the inside folder flap, you should be able to go across to 10 before making another row. This spacing works out great so you have room at the end for your Thanksgiving Day writing block and room to decorate your lapbook.
Using markers, I traced around each day block, so it gives me a place to write each day, but this is totally optional. Make the book your own. Decorate however you like and what works best for you!
Another great idea would be to add personal pictures of your Thanksgiving Day! Maybe mom and grandma cooking up a storm, or dad carving the turkey. Add whatever you want!
Simple steps and you have a beautiful Thanksgiving lapbook! It would be fun to look back at this next year and see how your child’s heart has changed and what they’re thankful for.
Recap of supplies needed:
- Printable Thanksgiving Lapbook pdf. (Recommend printing on card stock)
- Glue stick
- 2 Manila Folders per kid
- Markers, crayons, etc.
What are some ways you try to instill thankfulness to your kids? Do you have any Thanksgiving Day traditions you would like to share? I would love to hear from you!