The Thankful Game
This game will allow children to share what they are thankful for in life. It does require a few materials in order to play.
- Index cards or cut pieces of paper (big enough to write on and read)
- A bag that is not see-through - This can include a shopping tote bag or a brown paper bag.
How To Play:
1. Use the markers to write down different items and loved ones on each index card or piece of paper. This can include "Family", "Friends", "Pets", "Clothes", "Home", "Food", and even "Toys". You can also write down "Wildcard" or come up with a symbol or phrase to represent the wildcard, such as "Happy Thanksgiving". Write only one per index card or piece of paper. Each one should only be written out once, rather than writing the same thing down on five different cards.
If you want, you can draw out a few graphics to represent each word on the list. For example, you can draw an apple, turkey, and carrot for "Food" and a house for "Home". You can use a graphic and word together on each card or paper, to help preschool children with their reading.
2. Fold each index card or piece of paper in half, so that the words or photos can not be seen while the children are picking them out.
3. Place all of the folded index cards or pieces of paper into the bag and shake it up a little.
4. When you are ready to play, sit each child in a circle. You should be sitting at the front of the circle.
5. Let the first child pick out one index card or piece of paper from the bag. Whichever card they draw, they must share what it is and why they are thankful for it. For example, if they draw the "Family" card, then they can say, "I am thankful for my family because we all love each other". If they draw the "Wildcard", they can come up with something of their own they are thankful for and state why they are thankful for it. If the child cannot read the word written on the card, you can help them with sounding it out.
6. When they are done sharing what they are thankful for, have them fold the card in half and place it back into the paper bag. Shake it up again and repeat step five for each child who is playing. You can pass the bag around or let each child come up to you and pick out their card.
This game will not only remind children of who and what they are thankful for, but it will also help them to improve their reading skills as well.