Thanksgiving is a fun holiday for my family. It mostly involves eating way too much food and spending time with favorite family members. How can we not enjoy that?? In the past, I’ve focused our Thanksgiving books and activities on simply teaching gratitude. Of course, I want to impress that on my children this year as well. However, I also would like for them to begin having an idea of the history behind that gratitude. Today’s Thanksgiving book and craft are a great way to combine these Thanksgiving themes of history, gratitude, and of course, food!
Thanksgiving Mice by Bethany Roberts is a cute look at the first Thanksgiving. Roberts has a whole line of holiday stories featuring mice, Christmas Mice, Fourth of July Mice, Halloween Mice, the list goes on. Each book has large colorful pictures and short lines of text. The book portrays the mice celebrating the holiday in some way. In Thanksgiving Mice, the mice celebrate Thanksgiving by performing a play about the first Thanksgiving. The little mice sail in the Mayflower, land at Plymouth Rock, face starvation, are given corn by a mouse dressed in native american wear, and celebrate a harvest the next fall. At the end of the book, the mice step out of their acting rolls to celebrate a feast with their friends. It’s a cute look at the first Thanksgiving for preschoolers. I found using the pictures to tell a short first thanksgiving account was helpful for the boys. I’m not sure if they understood the historical events in the book. I tried to emphasize the point of giving thanks to God for our food or for anything that he gives to us.
We made this corn wreath to remind us to be thankful for our food.
I’m having camera trouble so this is the only picture I have of the whole process for now. Of course, you can still read the directions below, I just don’t have pictures. Sometimes I like to just look at the pictures… did the READING blogger just say that??? Yes, I did 🙂
We experiemented with two different ways to paint the corn. First, we used qtips to paint dots on white corn cut outs. I glued the painted corn into a precut corn stalk.
Then we tried bubble wrap painting. We painted the bubble wrap with harvest colors. After the boys painted it, I turned it over onto the paper and they pressed down to print. I love the way these turned out.
I cut out a wreath form from a paper plate and glued the corn around it.
I found this idea linked at pinterest from the blog Real Life, One Day at a Time— the one they did is actually prettier than mine, go take a look!