Over the past week, we have worked on one last Chinese 感恩节 (gǎn’ēn jié / Thanksgiving) activity: building a Giant Thankful Wall Turkey! It’s so important to count our blessings, and this craft puts our appreciation on the wall for all to see.
As second-generation immigrants, we are very privileged. Our parents and grandparents immigrated to the United States at a difficult time in history and paved the way for us to have a better life. As a result, our kids’ generation is even more fortunate.
Although our kids will have a relatively carefree childhood, my husband and I are trying our best to teach appreciation from the start. Throughout the day, we pray with the kids, discuss what we are thankful for, and brainstorm ways in which we can do better and help others.
For this activity, 老大 and I took turns coming up with things that we are grateful for. Afterwards, we decorated her room with these wonderful blessings. Keep scrolling to see how the Giant Thankful Wall Turkey evolves!
- 感谢 (Gǎnxiè / thankful, grateful)
- 感激 (Gǎnjī / thankful, grateful)
- 欣赏 (Xīnshǎng / to appreciate)
What you need:
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What to do:
- Cut turkey
- For turkey’s body, use an 8″x11″ brown sheet of paper and round the edges
- For turkey’s head, cut a large circle
- Don’t forget the eyes, nose, and the snood!
- For turkey’s feathers, we folded an 8″x11″ paper in half and cut biconvex shapes
- Ask each member of the family what they are thankful for
- Write blessing on each feather
- Tape to wall with painter’s tape
老大 had fun climbing up for the Giant Wall Turkey’s high feathers!
老二 had fun running around while trying to rip the tape!
The giant wall turkey has been up in 老大’s bedroom all week, and she’s so happy that it’s in her room! We have had fun rearranging the feathers and using them to discuss how we feel!
If you make a Giant Thankful Wall Turkey, let us know! Bonus if your can write the Chinese characters! Please leave a comment and don’t forget to tag #chalkacademy on Instagram!
Happy learning, friends!