Friday, November 16, 2012

An Enchanted Childhood Playschool ~ November 12th-16th ~ Thanksgiving

When the weather first changes to cold we have a hard time talking ourselves into dressing 6-8 toddlers and heading out into the cold, so we tend to stay inside. Somehow 40 degrees seems sooo cold in November... and yet so refreshing in March!  So we are always very thankful for a warm day, here and there.

This week we did our Thanksgiving activities since we have next week off (yay!)
We started off by reading In November, a sweet book by Cynthia Rylant.  The children then painted foam turkey cut-outs (from Target's Dollar Spot).

Our next activity was inspired by TwoBigTwoLittle's Spice Handprint Turkey.  We mixed brown paint with cinnamon and nutmeg and then made handprint turkeys!  We added googly eyes, a beak, a wattle, and a magnet on the back. Cute!

Bunny and her favorite cousin, Monkey!

Thursday, we read our favorite Thanksgiving book, Thanks for Thanksgiving.
Our yearly tradition is to help the children be mindful of being thankful!
Last year we made leaves and labled them with the things they were thankful for.
This year we made a turkey and wrote their "thanks" on the feathers.

After reading the book, we talked about things we are thankful for. For the littlest ones, we helped them along by asking what they were happy to have, what they loved, what they liked to hug.

We are so thankful, everyday, for so many gifts God has given us: family, friends, our playschool children and their families, His creation which is always amazing and wonder-filled ... so many things to be thankful for!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

Sharing with these linky parties:
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Montessori Monday
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The Children's Bookshelf
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All Year Round Blog Carnival: Autumn
Moms Library Link Up
(tot school tuesday)
tip-toe thru tuesday
Happy Family Times
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Super Link Party
It's Playtime
We Made That Wednesday
What I Learned Wednesday
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PreK and Kindergarten Corner
Read. Explore. Learn.
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Outdoor Play Party
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Waldorf Wednesday


  1. They look very glad of there outdoor time there in the leaves and to be warm too is a bonus anywhere!I love the hand turkeys, they look so effective. I might see if we can create some with leaves too, what do you think?

    1. OH I think making them with real leaves as the feathers would be GREAT!

  2. looks so beautiful where you are. I wish I could be there. Thank you for sharing all the wonderful photos of your crafts. We've done the Turkey hands too a few years ago. I sometimes miss having little children - it's so much fun!

    I'm visiting from The Children's Book Shelf! Have a lovely week! :)

  3. Another delightful week at your playschool! I love that fuzzy caterpillar :)

  4. I love the idea of adding cinnamon and nutmeg to the paint! Very cute crafts!

  5. Those are some very cute turkeys! Thanks for linking up to The Children's Bookshelf.

  6. I love the handprint Turkeys! I think I'm going to have to do that this week.

    Found you through Montessori Monday!

  7. Great activities.
    Looks like lots of fun. My favourite is the turkey handprints.

  8. What wonderful activities!! Thank you so much for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  9. I love your handprint turkeys and your thankful turkeys! What great ideas!!

  10. That fuzzy caterpillar must have be a delight for the kids to find!

    Thank you so much for linking up to the Outdoor Play Party!

  11. I love cute! Thank you for sharing on Hey Mom, Look What I Did at Adventures In Mommy Land!

  12. Those turkey hands are awesome! Thanks for sharing at tip-toe thru tuesday last week.

  13. Love both sets of turkeys. So cute!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  14. Thank you for sharing at Happy Family Times!