When Iron Man and I read The Story of the Pilgrims by Katherine Ross from our Thanksgiving Book Basket, I decided to to go ahead and use this Thanksgiving Timeline from 2 Teaching Mommies.
Personally, I was afraid a couple of the pictures might be a little ambiguous (maybe because they were intended for another book), but I gently pointed along the pictures as we read through the story. Then we cut it apart and I mixed the cards up so he could retell the story to me. He did very well. In fact, I was surprised at how much he could narrate back to me.
When we were preparing to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, he started retelling the story to me again. Normally when I ask him to tell me about what we've just read, he "doesn't remember" or tells me that "it's a secret" so I was very pleased at his recall hours later. I know without a doubt that he has excellent memory, at least long-term anyway, so I was more pleased with his attention and narration.
Here are a few other Thanksgiving activities we've enjoyed over the last couple of weeks.
Iron Man really enjoyed Building the Mayflower.
We've been reading a few great books from our Thanksgiving Book Basket.
Hulk particularly loved the Thanksgiving Sensory Tub.
This Clothespin Turkey Feather Activity was oh-so-cute to me, but wasn't a huge hit with the boys. Maybe next year Hulk will be more interested in it, and Hulk won't be as interested in using the feathers to dress up like Puss-in-Boots.
Hulk wanted nothing to do with painting his hands, but Iron Man really enjoyed making a Handprint Turkey.
Iron Man made a 5 Little Turkeys Counting Book, and loved being able to "read" his homemade book to Emory and daddy.
Hulk colored a turkey in Tot School
and Iron Man
We enjoyed "fun" turkey activities, but I'm glad Iron Man was able to learn a little about the history of Thanksgiving, and what it means to our family today.