In this game from the Family Dinner Project, perfect for the Thanksgiving dinner table, each member of the family takes a turn naming something they're grateful for. The twist is that you have to go in alphabetical order! So if you start with "apples," the next person would continue with something beginning with a "B."
Activities of the Week
Get in the Thanksgiving spirit with the "ABCs of Gratitude."
Bust boredom on your next family road trip.
Will you be driving to visit friends or family this Thanksgiving or holiday season? If so, consider one of these car games from KidsHealth for your road trip. It will make the time pass faster and get the whole car involved!
Honor our veterans.
This November 11th is Veterans Day, a time when we remember the service and sacrifice of our armed forces. Check out these resources from the National Education Association with your child to explore activities by grade level.
Take your child trick-or-treating!
Make creative costumes together and enjoy the festivities, but don't forget to make safety your top priority. Be sure to check out these Halloween Health and Safety Tips from CDC.
Be a drama queen or king!
Dramatic play encourages kids to exercise their imaginations and creativity. Pick a few pretend scenes or roles to act out and let your children go wherever their imagination takes them! Maybe they want to be an astronaut, a doctor, or a teacher. The sky is the limit!
Support self-confidence in your daughter.
PBS offers some great advice and tips for raising self-confident daughters in a world where, according to one US-based study, girls as young as age six believe that brilliance is a male trait.
Play "Guess the Ingredient."
Ask each member of the family to guess the "secret ingredients" in a new dish. This fun and simple game will get everyone involved in food prep! For this and other activities for the dinner table, visit the Family Dinner Project.
Talk about mental health during Mental Illness Awareness week.
From October 1-7, participants across the country will be raising awareness of mental illness. Join the conversation with your children and find out how you both can better support those with mental illnesses, as well as look after your own mental wellbeing.