An advantage I have of being an elementary school teacher is seeing first-hand what kids think about Thanksgiving. This past week as I walked down the halls of the school I work at, I stopped and looked at the kids artwork and thoughts about Thanksgiving. They never fail to bring a smile to my face.




What they are thankful for:

  • Their families
  • Pets
  • Electronics
  • Their homes
  • Grandma’s cooking
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Deodorant. (I figured this one was listed due to having an older sibling who finally discovered it.)

Then there was a bulletin board where the kids wrote down how to catch a turkey. Many of them were so cute and some were very funny. The one that caught my eye went like this:

  • First get a cage and throw some birdseed in it.
  • Then get a girl turkey and put her in the cage.
  • Since boys can’t resist girls and food, the boy turkey will see the girl turkey and smell the food and will run into the cage.
  • Hurry and shut the door.
  • Last take them out to the forest and set them free.

When you ask kids how their mom’s make a turkey you get all kinds of crazy answers. The top list of ingredients are:

  • Cocoa Puffs
  • Worms
  • A whole loaf of bread
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Snickers candy bars

Most agreed that the turkey should be “thrown into the oven” then baked for ten hours.

I love the honesty and creativity that kids have! May all of you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!