As I put my children’s gifts under the tree last night I couldn’t help but feel a little empty knowing there are parents who will not be able to share in this joyous occasion. I wanted to share an activity we did on Thanksgiving, but seems perfect as we reflect on those we love and what we cherish. The Being Thankful Napkins would also be a great New Years Eve activity for the whole family.
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE BEING THANKFUL NAPKINS
AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT ENHANCED MAKING BENING THANKFUL NAPKINS
emotional development (gratitude, thinking of others, verbalizing feelings)
fine motor development
HOW TO MAKE THE BEING THANKFUL NAPKINS
Cover a table with newspaper or butcher paper and lay out a variety of fabric markers. Give each person a white napkin. Talk to your children about what it means to be thankful. Each child should draw a picture of one thing they are thankful for. Label their pictures. “I’m thankful for my home”. Each year add a new thing you are thankful for. What a great way to reflect on what is important!
I’m thankful for three healthy children who enjoy making Dave and I laugh.”