For years we had a Thankerchief that we handed off to one another at our Thanksgiving table. It was created by my sweet little cousin when she was just a child.
Our entire family would recite this memorized poem and each time the poem ended the person holding the Thankerchief would share something they were thankful for.We repeated the poem and the passing of the Thankerchief until each person had shared their Thanksgiving offering. Which often required speeding up or slowing down our enunciation of words to ensure the Thankerchief landed with someone who had yet to share.
My Granddad used to hold on to the Thankerchief, tease the person next to him then toss it in their lap just as we ended our chant. I can still see the grin on his face as he looked to the left and to the right…
What You’ll Need
White Handkerchief or Linen Napkin
A Little One’s Hand
My Free Printable
Begin by painting that little hand with fabric paint then pressing it firmly onto the center of the Thankerchief. After the handprint dries, paint on the Turkey’s legs along with anything else you’d like on your Thankerchief. Print the poem over here.
Activity: Gather in a circle, pass the Thankerchief to your neighbor, continue passing the Thankerchief around the circle while reciting the poem. When the poem stops the person holding the Thankerchief shares what they are Thankful for. Repeat until everyone has had an opportunity to share what they’re Thankful for.
And there you have a Thankerchief… a fun way for young and old to share all the things we are thankful for; a loved activity by many in classroom circles, youth groups, play groups and a must at family dinners.