November is the obvious time to ask your students to reflect on the things that they are thankful for. Mostly, you’ll hear similar responses, “My parents, siblings, home, God, food, friends, my pet…” But every once in a while, you’ll get the more unique response. When my son was in preschool, the teacher created a “Wall of Thanks” bulletin board. There were colorful feathers on the board that included a word or two about what each 4 year old was thankful for. I noticed a few parents looking at the board and giggling. Their gaze was fixed on one particular purple feather. I immediately noticed it belonged to my son. The words on his feather were, “I am thankful for my intestines.” I have no idea why he chose to be thankful for his digestive system, but that, according to his teacher, was not just the first thing that came to his mind, it was absolutely what he wanted on his feather.
I pull that feather out of my Thanksgiving decorations bin every year. And every year, I am thankful for laughter and for my creative kid who always has a different answer than everyone else.
This quick and easy craft is perfect for a classroom party or for your own Thanksgiving table.