It's a good year when you can teach your kids that Thanksgiving is about more than just turkey and football. Helping your kids appreciate the family and fellowship behind Thanksgiving is an amazing feat; teaching them the history behind the first Thanksgiving can help put the whole day into perspective. Here are a few great websites and books that can help:


The Thanksgiving historian. Kids take on the role of “history detectives” to investigate what really happened at the famous 1621 celebration. Along the way, they can read a letter written by an eyewitness to the event, learn about Wampanoag traditions of giving thanks, and visit Pilgrim Mary Allerton’s home. 


Tour the Mayflower. At this site, kids learn what it was like to live and work on a 17th-century sailing vessel, and relive part of this epic journey that brought the pilgrims to the New World.


Thanksgiving trivia. If your kids love trivia, they'll love wowing holiday guests with cool holiday facts, including that the first Thanksgiving lasted for three days or that the author of "Mary Had a Little Lamb," Sarah Josepha Hale, was key in getting Thanksgiving officially recognized as a national holiday.


Thanksgiving books. Want even more info on Thanksgiving? Check out these great titles:

"Samuel Eaton’s Day: A Day in the Life" by Kate Waters

"1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving" by Catherine O’Neill Grace and Margaret M. Bruchac

"Thanksgiving on Thursday (Magic Treehouse)" by Mary Pope Osborne

"Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message" by Jake Swamp

"The Four Seasons of Corn: A Winnebago Tradition" by Sally Hunter



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