Think back to your favorite times with your extended family as a child. I’m sure you remember food. Somehow that is always an important part of our gatherings. My guess, though, is that you remember playing next. Playing with your cousins and hopefully playing with grandparents, aunts, uncles, mom and dad.
I went around the classrooms today to snap photos of their Thanksgiving activities. The first two classes I visited (Blue and Red) were busy playing group games. At first I thought, hmmm, I’m surprised they aren’t doing something more “theme” oriented to Thanksgiving. Then, I got to thinking that this game play is often times at the core of our Thanksgiving experiences. We play together.
Our younger classes were busy playing as well with blocks, play dough, dolls, balls made from scarves . . . . and more! What I loved most was that many times I saw adults playing with the children.
By the books we read today were about giving thanks. My heart fills with gratitude and thanks for each of you, our families. I pray you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you get a chance to play!