Thanksgiving Lessons for Children: Celebrating Gratitude & Family
But before you pull up to the table to enjoy a delicious feast, consider the opportunities this day presents to teach children about the important values of Thanksgiving, such as thankfulness, gratitude, and family.
Here are a few tips for how to teach important Thanksgiving lessons to children:
- Talk about why we celebrate Thanksgiving. Connect your celebration to the original story of the fall harvest celebration that brought together struggling, starving Pilgrims and generous Native Americans.
- Turn off the television. Yes, there are the parades, football games, and specials, but try to keep most of Thanksgiving about the conversation and time spent with loved ones.
- Talk about family traditions and tell stories. If your celebration involves multiple generations or multiple families, talk about traditions, "the good old days," and your own childhood. Stories teach children about life and history.Â
- Talk about the food. Talk with children about where food comes from and how it was prepared. Everyone can share what their favorite food is and why.
Here are more tips to make your Thanksgiving holiday a success:
Thanksgiving Lessons for Children
Thanksgiving Activities for Kids
Kid-friendly Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Planning a Road Trip with Kids
Source: Bright Horizons