Go Beyond Talking About Thanksgiving!
Here’s a Great Activity for You and Your Family!
Thanksgiving is a perfect opportunity to explore diversity.
- Our country was founded on it.
- The first Thanksgiving symbolizes diversity as the Pilgrims and Native peoples came together in the new land.
- Make Thanksgiving a multi-cultural and multi-sensory experience.
Materials needed for “The Crayon Box” [http://www.kidactivities.net]
- the following poem
- Crayons, pencils, markers, paper, and many pre-made crayon shapes similar to this design:
- Optional: A shoe box or just a box lid in which to line up your finished crayons like they are in a crayon box. You could also just use a big mural size piece of paper and a glue stick to adhere your finished crayons lined up like in a box of crayons.
- First read this poem together:
The Crayon Box that Talked by Shane DeRolf
While walking into a toy store the day before today
I overheard a crayon box with many things to say
“I don’t like Red!” said Yellow, and Green said “Nor do I”
“And no one here likes Orange but no one knows just why”
“We are a box of crayons that doesn’t get along”
Said Blue to all the others “Something here is wrong”
Well, I bought that box of crayons and took it home with me
And laid out all the colors so the crayons all could see
They watched me as I colored with Red and Blue and Green
And Black and White and Orange and every color in between
They watched as Green became the grass and Blue became the sky
The Yellow sun was shining bright on White clouds drifting by
Colors changing as they touched becoming something new
They watched me as I colored-they watched me till I was through
And when I finally finished I began to walk away
And as I did the crayon box had something more to say
“I do like Red!” said Yellow, and Green said, “So do I”
And Blue you were terrific! So high up in the sky
“We are a box of crayons each one of us unique
But when we get together the picture is more complete”
- Have each family member draw their own portrait and write their name on one pre-made crayon pattern
- On the remaining pre-made crayon patterns, have each family member write their favorite color, hobby, food, book, TV show…on separate crayons with their name. Make as many crayons as you desire.
- Don’t forget your family ancestors! Include their crayons with their names, photos, birth places, occupations…
- When all the crayons are completed, now is time to arrange them in the crayon box just like real crayons. If there are a lot, perhaps you need several crayon boxes or paper murals.
This activity can extend beyond one family. Include other friends and families and learn about their families, traditions, and cultures. We all have identities, beliefs, tales, and practices. Thanksgiving is a time to honor diversity. Our American Thanksgiving is unique to our history but it can be a great opportunity to include a more global family awareness and acceptance.