Talkin’ Turkey

With the upcoming holidays I find my kids increasingly thinking about what they can get – i.e. video games or enormous toys. Therefore they have not set foot in a toy store since August and I hoard all toy catalogs that come to the house. I’ve been trying to really make it a point in the last year or two to help them think of others and be thankful for what they have.

Last year I made “Tom the Turkey” to help remind us that we are indeed lucky in many ways. I made Tom out of brown bags from the grocery store (yes I know cloth bags are important but sometimes you just need to have the brown bags for projects). Then I cut out feathers from construction paper that we had.

After dinner, everyone gets a feather and writes down what they are thankful for that day. Then we use a glue stick to put the feathers up. The boys seem to really enjoy this activity and won’t let us leave the table without filling out our feathers.

I included a picture of Tom from last year since this year’s turkey has tons of feathers covering his face.

thanksgiving turkey

A sampling of feathers from this year:

From the 8 year old:

I am thankful for….our car…having enough food on the table…going to Gramma & Grampa’s house for Thanksgiving….the Saints winning the Super Bowl.

From the 5 year old:

I am thankful for….Jesus & God…..the shepherd watching over me….going to Gramma & Grampa’s…..eating turkey (in reality he won’t touch the turkey or mashed potatoes with a 10 foot pole….Wyoming and Montana.

What can I say… the boy loves geography.

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3 Responses to Talkin’ Turkey

  1. Nicole says:

    Hey Jen~I did something similar that I think I got from Erin?? Anyway, we just put our ‘Thankful For’ phrases in a bowl and then each night we shared them. If I could draw a cute Tom like yours then I would do the turkey! Love your blog and miss you!!!

  2. Tamara says:

    Jenn, I think this is brilliant. We are crazy about not letting Christmas get out of control for Fox but it is so hard. Hard as a parent and hard to keep grandparents in line ! I remember a Christmas when I was about 13 or 14 that I had spent about 2 hours opening gift after gift and sat there with a MOUND of clothes and other goodies piled behind me ..and I sat there thinking….”is this it”. That Christmas keeps ringing in my ear over and over again at the mear thought of what I was given and how I felt about it. I DONT want to recreate that in Fox. I love this idea….I just might steal it !

  3. Amanda says:

    I like this! When Ben’s family is on vacation, they always take turns telling everyone their favorite and least favorite things of the day each night at the dinner table. It’s nice to take a moment and appreciate the day.

    I do like the “our TV” feather though…I’m wondering who wrote that one 🙂