Thanksgiving "Glad-Libs"!

Using creative thinking and imaginative play, I’ll guide your child through an exploration of giving thanks!
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Everyone benefits from taking time to meditate on what we are thankful for and children are no different. Thanksgiving provides a wonderful occasion to do just this! Through a series of simple steps, your child will identify things they are grateful for and use these items to create mini-stories! By using these items in an extended, creative way children are able to appreciate and give thanks in an organic and fun way.

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Materials

- index cards or paper
- pen

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Sample Activities and Instructions

First I will ask your child a series of simple questions, including but not limited to: Who do you love? (i.e. "Mom, Dad, Big Sister") What are your favorite foods? What are your favorite books? What are your favorite songs? We’ll write each answer on an index card.
Next, we’ll choose one index card from each category at random to create a short story. For example, if we chose the cards: “Mom, Broccoli, Madeleine, & Let it Go” we could create a story where Mom goes to the store to buy broccoli for Thanksgiving. She decides to take a trip to Paris, where Madeleine lives, to find the tastiest broccoli she can for Thanksgiving dinner and hears Elsa singing “Let It Go” on the plane ride. Our stories can be short, long, funny, sad or just plain silly.
We’ll repeat the process with different combinations of index cards as our prompts. Depending on the age of the child we can extend this activity by incorporating more cards into each round to create complex stories, turning our stories into a mini-play or writing and decorate our own book using our favorite story of the day. The best part of the activity is that the more items we are thankful for, the better our stories will be!