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A Thanksgiving Day Group Activity/Lesson Plan for Tweens

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It is hard for a tween to be thankful for things he has when he is too busy thinking about what he wants that his friends have. Use this lesson plan to teach him how to be thankful for his belongings. The lesson works best as a Thanksgiving Day group activity with at least four or more children.

Purpose of the Lesson: Teach a tween to be thankful for his possessions and learn to accept the fact that he will not always get what he wants,but can be thoughtful with the things he does already possess.

A Thanksgiving Menu

Type up the list of food items below as a nice-looking menu. Make sure to put a place for each child to write his name on the menu. The foods in parentheses are the actual foods to use, while the silly names are the representations of the actual foods. Do not type the foods in parentheses on the menu, as they are just a reference for the person preparing the food. See the directions below for how these food items will be used in the lesson.

  • Napsquare (a napkin)
  • Slushsipper (a spoon)
  • Dinglehopper (a fork)
  • H2O (water)
  • Sweet Sunshine (lemonade)
  • Sweet Leaves (iced tea)
  • Nugalot (chicken nuggets)
  • Greenstrings (green beans)
  • Fluff Ball (dinner roll)
  • Crunchy Watchamacallits (french fries)
  • Red Goop (ketchup)
  • Yumsauce (barbecue sauce)
  • Brown Ice (chocolate ice cream)
  • White Freeze (vanilla ice cream)
  • Sweetzoos (animal crackers)
  • Slipperyslop (butter/margarine)

There are certainly other menu ideas one can come up with, if desired.

Directions for the Lesson

A group leader will ask the tweens to write names on the paper, so the food gets delivered to the correct person. Then explain that each child is to pick 10 items from the menu. Of course, many children will not know what certain menu items mean, which makes this activity so much fun. Emphasize the fact that no matter what comes on a tray, each tween must be thankful for what he has received. As an example, a child might not get any utensils to use, but he can still eat his food and get his nourishment. Another child might not get any chicken nuggets, but he will enjoy having a tasty frozen treat.

Once tweens get the food, explain that trades can be made with each other, but only after all kids receive the food. It is also a good idea to offer leftovers of all foods to the tweens, so all can enjoy.

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful. This lesson emphasizes the importance of being thankful in all circumstances. While tweens will undoubtedly have a great time with the food, be sure they understand the point of the activity by asking thought-provoking questions during mealtime. It will make this an activity no participant will ever forget.

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