I found this great Thanksgiving Game idea a couple years ago. We’ve used it for a lesson with our kids but I’ve also used it for teaching a preschool co-op. I love it because it is an interactive way to get the kids thinking about all the different things they are grateful for. By having them pick something in a category, they’ll come up with things they never thought to be thankful for before.
How to play:
You can pick up some neon straws at Walmart for really cheap. Cut them into lengths about 2 inches or so (really, just however long you want them to be ) and throw them in a little bag. Once you’ve printed out my free printable of the directions/categories you’re ready to play! Yep, it’s that easy. Just pass around the bag and whatever color straw segment is pulled out of the bag, that’s the category that they have to use to share something they’re grateful for.
The version I originally found uses pick up sticks and can be found at Teach Beside Me. Because I didn’t have pick up sticks and didn’t want to have to paint sticks, I found colors that matched the straws I found at Walmart. I also changed up a couple of the categories since the preschool kids had a hard time with couple of them and I came up with some different ideas. Like I said, they’ve worked well for preschool age kids and work for my older kids too.
This would make a fun activity for Family Home Evening, preschool, a church lesson, or for kids while waiting to eat on Thanksgiving Day. Have fun!