Kit includes : 1 empty toilet paper roll, 2 googlie eyes, Brown construction paper to cover the toilet paper roll and create the bird's body. Orange construction paper to make beak and feathers, Tan construction paper to make feet and feathers, Yellow or gold construction paper to create other feathers. Cover the body, glue on eyes and feet. Create several colored feathers
Start now to adopt a new twist to Thanksgiving. Make the next two weeks "Kindness Central" in your home and here is how.
How: Mom and dad use this opportunity to talk about why being kind to others is so important and how Thanksgiving can be a great time to actually focus on doing good things for someone else. Share how others have been kind or helped them. Give examples of how kids might offer acts of kindness towards their parents, siblings, grandparents, babysitters and teachers.
Explain that they will be making turkeys which will become table center pieces on Thanksgiving day.
Each child should be given a kit.
The task: Time to share their thankfulness and kindness by doing acts of kindness for the next two weeks. At the end of each day your kids will record their acts of kindness a feather. Paste the feathers on their bird as a nightly ritual. Talk about what it means and why they did what they did today.
Why? Thanksgiving is not just a time to eat turkey. It is a time when we recognize all of those things for which we are grateful It is also a time to introduce the concept of "paying it forward"; sharing kindnesses with others.
Need a book to help you get started?
Read your kids Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud "Through simple prose and vivid illustrations, this heartwarming book encourages positive behavior as children see how rewarding it is to express daily kindness, appreciation, and love. Bucket filling and dipping are effective metaphors for understanding the effects of our actions and words on the well being of others and ourselves. "
Thanksgiving day have each of your kids read their feathers and talk about what it felt like to regularly perform acts of kindness for others. Talk about continuing to perform acts of kindness .
Extra Treat: Consider tucking in some Hersheys kisses or other small treats to celebrate your children's behavior and to validate the importance of continuing to do acts of kindness.
One final tip: Be careful to not make this activity a competition. Kids should feel proud about what they have done, but not encouraged to do things just to make themselves look better than their siblings.