Thankerchiefs? Birds and Beasts? Not Your Typical Thanskgiving Games!

 Need a little circle activity to prompt kids to count their blessings? It might be time to find your Thankerchief! Arrange children in a circle. Pass a “thankerchief” (handkerchief) around the circle, as everyone recites this poem:

Thankerchief, thankerchief, ‘round you go — 
Where you’ll stop, nobody knows.
But when you do, someone must say,
What they are thankful for today.

The player holding the “thankerchief” when the poem ends, must name one thing for which s/he is thankful. This continues until everyone has had a turn.

Or, try the old standby – Bird, Beast, or Fish. 

You have to think fast for this game, which makes it more appropriate for elementary aged kids than preschoolers. Everyone sits facing the leader. The leader points to one player and says either “BIRD,” “BEAST,” or “FISH.”  The chosen player must come up with the name of an animal that fits the category before the leader counts to ten. No repeating! If the player does not respond in time, s/he is out. The game continues until only one player remains.

After a few rounds, it becomes increasingly difficult to think of  an animal that has not already been mentioned!

“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.”  ~Johannes A. Gaertner

2 thoughts on “Thankerchiefs? Birds and Beasts? Not Your Typical Thanskgiving Games!

  1. Julie,
    Thanks for posting all these great Thanksgiving ideas. Can you add the tag “thanksgiving” to this post like the others – I linked to that tag page and don’t want the readers to miss this activity too.

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