October 31, 2012 by Heather
Thanksgiving is around the corner for most of you (I’m Canadian so we’ve already had our Thanksgiving). But regardless of where you’re from or whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving soon, any time is a good time to remind our children and families of the importance of recognizing the good that others around us are doing, and taking the time to say thank you!
And so today, I bring you… the Thank Attack!
Recently I chose one person in our lives who I feel very thankful for and who I know has had an effect on each of the members of our family. I gathered the family together & we made a list of 8 reasons we are thankful for that person.
Then I made a mini paper triangle banner with the letters “THANK YOU” on the triangles. (You could also make a regular sized paper triangle banner- I did a post a while ago with a few ways to make one- I found it works really well if you use 12×12 scrapbook paper & have a paper cutter!).
I wrote one of our reasons on the back of each triangle and we signed our names on the last one.
The next step is to take the banner to the person’s house. Hang it on their door or their mailbox or across their porch (depending on how large your banner is). Then ring the doorbell & run!
There are a lot of different ways you could do this:
- instead of a banner, write your thank-yous on paper cut outs & stick them all over the person’s door or car
- make little paper flags (stick them to wooden skewers) and stick them in the ground all over the person’s yard
- leave a little gift (for example homemade cookies, a box of chocolates, or some flowers) at the door with your notes
I would love to hear any ideas you might have on variations of this version of a “heart attack”.
(If you have some, please leave them in the comments!)
I hope this gives you a good way to teach your children that Thanksgiving goes beyond the dinner!
Thanks for reading & leaving your kind comments whenever I share ideas here, I always appreciate your words! Hope you’ll come visit me sometime at my blog, Raising Memories. Have a great day!