The Meaning of Thanksgiving: A Hat Full of Thankful! Activity
The meaning of Thanksgiving can sometimes get lost among the fun of food and family! Big dinners, family get-togethers, pumpkin pie, and pilgrim talk are all important aspects of Thanksgiving, but it's also necessary to discuss the sometimes hard-to-grasp meaning of Thanksgiving with kids and adults at your holiday celebration.
Here's a fun way to include thanks in your Thanksgiving. Even the youngest children can participate with this easy project, which we've dubbed "A Hat Full of Thankful!"
What You Need:
- A structured hat, one that holds its shape
- Index cards or note paper
- Pens or something to write with
What You Do:
- Think of the hat as a thought-collector of sorts. Find your stiffest head topper—bowler, cowboy, top hat—any hat will do as long as it's not too soft.
- Place it upside-down on a table in the entryway of your home and surround it with a stack of index cards and a cluster of colored pens.
- As each guest arrives, take their coats and point them towards the hat. Ask them to write down at least one thing for which they're thankful. Younger kids may need a little bit of help, but anyone is old enough to know what makes them happy.
- Once everyone has finished collect the hat. Then at some point during dinner, pass it around the table and have each person reach in for a card and read it aloud. Listen up. We guarantee some of the things will surprise you!