It can get pretty hectic around the house in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. Instead of assigning your children their normal writing schoolwork, why not take a little break and let them choose one of these clever creative writing prompts? For added fun, have them read their stories after Thanksgiving dinner!
1. Gobble! Gobble! Tweet!
Imagine you are the Thanksgiving turkey. It is your good fortune to discover that the Farmer accidentally left the door to the house ajar. You sneak in unnoticed. Quickly, you find the computer and login to Twitter.
You have just enough time to type five tweets. What will you say to your followers in no more than 280 characters (not words!) per tweet?
2. Invitation to Dinner
Suppose you can invite one special person, living or dead, to share your family’s Thanksgiving dinner this year. Would you choose a favorite relative who lives far away? A famous explorer you have studied in school? The Queen of England? Your best friend who moved away?
Think about who you would invite, and then write down 10 questions you would like to ask this person.
3. Thanksgiving Traditions
What does your family do for Thanksgiving? Do you host a big gathering at your house? Do you travel to another state to visit grandparents? Is Thanksgiving a small get-together, or is the house packed with friends and family? Who does the cooking? Does your family have traditions, such as playing games, watching football, or putting puzzles together?
Write about how you spend Thanksgiving, describing the sights, sounds, flavors, and aromas of the day. Use this Thanksgiving Word Bank if you need help thinking of strong, descriptive words.
4. Leaf Pile Adventure
After Thanksgiving dinner, you and your cousin decide to explore the neighborhood. At the end of the street, you notice a giant pile of leaves.
Together, you make a running start and leap right into the middle of the pile! Suddenly, the ground opens up beneath you, and you find yourselves sliding down a steep slide.
Write a story about what happens when you land at the bottom of the slide. Where are you? Include three different things that happen on your adventure, and conclude your story by telling how you and your cousin get back home.
5. A Feast of Favorites
At the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims and Indians ate foods such as wild turkey, venison, berries, squash, corn, roasted eels, and shellfish.
If you could go back in time to that historic event, what would you bring to share with your new friends? Make a list of 3-5 of your personal favorite Thanksgiving foods, and describe each one.
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If you enjoyed these fun Thanksgiving writing prompts,be sure to check back each week for more Writing Prompt Wednesdays!
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Thanksgiving is the perfect occasion to share our blessings with loved ones, friends, and neighbors, even people we’ve just met who are alone on this family-centric holiday. Extending a printed or emailed invitation makes the offer even more special and provides your guests with a reference for those details we second-guess at the last minute. What street was that? Did she say 11:00 or 11:30? And your turkey budget is safe with us! Our invitations are always free to email or print from our website. For a keepsake-quality version, choose “Professional Prints.” Within a few days, your personalized design will be produced on premium paper with clear, crisp images and text and shipped directly to you, envelopes included.
If you’ll be in the kitchen to oversee the final lap of Thanksgiving cooking, make sure you designate a helper to greet arriving guests, orient them to their surroundings, and point them to the appetizers. For a conversation starter, research fun facts about Thanksgiving. Write them inside “Did you know?” cards, and place the cards around the gathering area, or write the fun facts on plastic drink cups with permanent marker, and let guests exchange their new-found or rediscovered knowledge.
Expressing our gratitude reminds us we have much to be thankful for and shares the blessings with those gathered. Take a moment before everyone digs in to go around the table and let each person name one blessing they appreciate. Some families hand out corn kernels to be added to a small cup or bowl as individuals speak their thankfulness.
Consider creating a tradition of writing down blessings as they occur throughout the year, starting the day after Thanksgiving. Make a Blessing Jar or Thankful Box to hold the contributions. On Thanksgiving, set a time to take out all the blessing notes and read them together.
Some years are more abundant than others, but there is always a reason to be thankful, and Thanksgiving refocuses our attention, at least for a day, from what we want or need to what we can be thankful we already have. A Happy Thanksgiving is a matter of the heart as much as the menu. Enjoy a day of thankfulness and holiday cheer!