I’m hoping to have a thanks-filled November around my house, and I’m collecting ideas to use with the kids to remind us of the season.
If you’re looking for educational and language-based ideas with a Thanksgiving theme, stop by my Thanksgiving Pinterest board for over 200 printables, worksheets, arts and crafts, recipes and activities for the preschool set through grade 5 or so.
I’ll be blogging about the fun things we’re doing this month, but if you want a bigger pond to fish from, you’ll find it on Pinterest.
What Thanksgiving activities will you be doing this season?
Cucumber and Carrot Art
Here’s a fun way to incorporate C words, painting, shapes and color matching. Noah loved this, and it kept him busy and focused longer than usual.
This is a prime example of why I need to post our activities more than once a week. All I was hoping to do was use two C words to paint a picture. In the process of doing, this I captured SO many unexpected teachable moments. I just love it when that happens.
Activity: Carrot and cucumber painting
- One 2-inch piece of sliced carrot. Make sure one end of it is completely flat so it will mark a complete circle on the page.
- One 2-inch piece of sliced cucumber. Make sure one end of it is completely flat so it will mark a complete circle on the page.
- Orange and green tempera paint.
Directions: Show your child the vegetables, highlighting the fact that the words start with c, the circle shape, the colors of the vegetables. Then show your child how to dip the vegetables (flat side down) in the paint and press it on the paper. Kids LOVE to play with food, and there is so much good vocabulary reinforcement going on in this activity. We used the green paint for the cucumbers and the orange paint for the carrots, so Noah would have to pay attention to which vegetable he was putting in which paint. This is moving up the hierarchy of implementing knowledge in activities of daily living. In other words, it’s great if Noah knows his colors, but we want him to know how to use that knowledge and apply it in real-life situations.
There are so many fruits and vegetables you could use with this activity, and you could implement color matching in all of them. I have a feeling we’ll be doing this activity again with all the kids.