Use this Thankful turkey printable page to write, or draw pictures of, what you are most grateful for this Thanksgiving!
This Thanksgiving Thankful Turkey printable to increase feelings of thankfulness in the home or classroom. Even toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners can use this printable Thankful Turkey to express their gratitude this Thanksgiving. Instead of encouraging young children to write their answers, invite them to draw what they are thankful for in the corresponding boxes!
What are you thankful for? If you are wondering how to teach children about the concept of thankfulness or gratitude, look at this fun collection of gratitude activities. It includes activities, crafts, and other great resources for parents and educators. You may also like this list of gratitude crafts and activities for Thanksgiving.
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Printable Thankful Turkey for Thanksgiving
Thankful or grateful thinking is about expressing appreciation for what we have, instead of becoming fixated on what we do not have. According to research, thankfulness, and expressing feelings of gratitude, is associated with increased levels of happiness, optimism, and empathy.
Writing in a gratitude journal, using printable gratitude prompts, “I am Grateful” worksheets, and thankful printables, such as this gratitude turkey, can help children and adults establish the habit of paying attention to the blessings in their lives.
Reading gratitude books is another fun and easy way to help children learn to express thankfulness. Gratitude brings abundance. When we are thankful for what we have, we get more of what we are grateful for and can find greater happiness in life.
Thankful Turkey Activity Supplies
- Thankful Turkey Printable
- Printer paper or cardstock
- Colored Pencils, drawing pencils, gel pens, or marking pens
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How to Use Thanksgiving Thankful Turkey Printable
Step 1 – Download and print the thankful turkey activity printable template
Download and print the “I am thankful for printable.” Or, doodle your own “I am thankful for” template into your bullet journal. Alternatively, you can use the “I am grateful for printable.” We like to print on cardstock because it’s a bit thicker, but regular printer paper also works great.
Step 2 – Fill in the empty boxes of the what are you thankful for printable with the people, events, places, and things that you are most grateful for
Fill in the boxes around the thankful turkey to answer the question, “what am I thankful for?” Write words of thankfulness, or draw a response in each “I am thankful for” box with colored pencils or gel pens. Another fun way to decorate this thankful template printable is to use stickers, photographs, and magazine clippings.
You can also use this Thanksgiving thankful turkey gratitude activity as an early literacy activity for kids. First, invite preschoolers, kindergarteners, and elementary-aged children to draw their responses on one “thankful turkey printable.” Next, write the word for each picture in the corresponding spaces of a second “I am thankful for printable” gratitude worksheet.
Thankful Turkey Activity Tips
Use the thankful turkey activity tips listed below to increase feelings of thankfulness and multiply the blessings in your life!
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Feel it in your heart
Take a moment to feel thankfulness in your heart for each entry. Taking the time to draw your responses is a great way to do this. I like to call it gratitude art therapy!
Focus on people and events more than things
Meaningful events and the people in our lives will always bring us more joy than what we have. Focus on people and events to help create stronger feelings of gratitude and thankfulness.
Take a moment to think of your life without them
Increase feelings of thankfulness by considering the absence of the things that you are most thankful for. Consider the lack of the person, place, or object as a way to increase your feelings of gratitude toward it.
Make it personal
Spend time personalizing each “I am thankful for” entry. Create art, doodle, or draw what you are most grateful for. This can help you spend more time focusing on how thankful you are for the blessings in your life.
Put Thankful Turkey Printable on Display
Display your “Thankful Turkeys” somewhere that you will see them often as a gentle reminder of the blessings in your life. Use fingerprint magnets to hang one on the fridge, tape one to your bedroom or bathroom mirror, or put one in a frame and hang it near your desk.
Fill out a new gratitude journal worksheet weekly or monthly.
Once Thanksgiving is over, use the “I am grateful” gratitude journal printable to continue to increase feelings of thankfulness throughout the year.
Thankful Printable Tip: Use Wet-Erase Markers and dry erase pockets or a laminator and easy laminating sheets. Tools make it easy to reuse gratitude journal printables over and over again instead of wasting printer ink and paper!
Thanksgiving Thankful Turkey Project
Create an attitude of gratitude in your home or classroom this holiday season with this thankful turkey activity. What am I thankful for printables make it fun and easy to increase feelings of thankfulness and gratitude!
Use the Thanksgiving thankful turkey activity to share what you are most thankful for. You may also enjoy the “I am grateful for printable.” It is similar to this thankful template printable, without the turkey in the middle. Gobble gobble!