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!
Photo: Mark Dumont, courtesy of Creative Commons.
Indians and pilgrims were mentioned, of course. Ditto families, football and food.
But there was also a heaping helping of clear-eyed common sense, the kind of insight that could have been uttered by Linus Van Pelt in the television special “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
“You need to give thanks to God who sent you here to earth,” Margaret Gammell wrote. (Margaret also provided us with a picture of a turkey.)
Ikenna Nwokolo, 8, wrote that he was thankful for “my family, home, food, clothes.”
Thien Dao, 8, revealed that “I do not have a bedroom set, but I have a mattress and a home...some kids do not have a home.”
We hope their sentiments, rendered sincerely and with open hearts, will induce readers to stop and reflect in the midst of the holiday frenzy.
When he handed in his essay, Connor Rediske, 9, told a reporter: “It’s short, but it’s good.”
We agree. Happy Thanksgiving.
Hailey Engelking, 8
Thanksgiving is a time to get together with family and give thanks. To be thankful for a lot of things in life. I’m thankful for my family, friends, to even be alive and for freedom. I’m also thankful for veterans, the teachers and pastors at church, learning to play guitar, to have vacations, to get to see different parts of the U.S. and for doctors who help you. One thing that inspired me to play music is Taylor Swift. There is a lot of things to be thankful for and that most kids in the world have a future to look forward to and that is what I look up to.
Thien Dao, 8
To me Thanksgiving means being thankful. It also means family and friends getting together. I do not have a bedroom set but I have a mattress and a home. I do not have a Playstation or any video games but I have some toys. Some kids don’t have a home and no toys. I don’t have a rich family but I have a family that loves and cares for me. There are kids that lost their family and have no home or food to eat. I am very thankful for everything I have.
Connor Rediske, 9
Thanksgiving means to me celebrating the Pilgrims and the Indians. When the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth rock, they learned how to live on the land and get help from the Indians. Thanksgiving means to me helping other people survive during this season. I would like to help people get food during Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is a time for sharing with friends and family. I like to share lots of food during Thanksgiving. I like turkey, cranberries, mashed potatoes, stuffing and biscuits. I also like watching football with my dad.
Ikenna Nwokolo, 8
Thanksgiving day means that I don’t have to go to school. It means to share what I am thankful for. For me, Thanksgiving means being happy and grateful for all the things I have like my family, home, food, clothes. I like that there are lots of food to eat in one day. It also means that we pray for more food and good things to come. Thanksgiving means sharing our food with others, that’s why we invite our friends over to our house on Thanksgiving Day. I like that I can eat all the turkey I want.
Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with family and friends. My favorite part is getting to see my cousins. Here is what Thanksgiving means to me. I think that Thanksgiving is when you give thanks to others. I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving.
Kyra Stofer, 8
What Thanksgiving means to me is you can celebrate it and have a big meal. You can have your friends and family over. On the TV there’s a Thanksgiving parade. You can to on a vacation trip, too. When I go over to my family/friends house, I feel very happy because Thanksgiving is one time a year and that’s when I get to see them.
Morgan Leno, 8
I think that Thanksgiving means to give thanks, share what we like about each other, share with each other, say nice things, sometimes have a feast and learn how to give thanks.
Jacob Drkula, 8
I am thankful for spending time with my family on Thanksgiving. We get to hangout the whole day together. I enjoy eating the big fat turkey.
Amelia Steele, 9
What Thanksgiving means to me is to eat a kind of meat. It also means to be thankful for what you have and get. Also, thankfulness is family, friends and pets. You can also be thankful for love, peace, dreams, food and water. Also, thankfulness is clothes. You also can be thankful for God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Margaret Gammell, 8
Thanksgiving means to love and give back to people who have given to you. You thank your parents for the
food and their generosity. You need to give thanks to God who sent you here to earth. When you are sent to earth you need to absorb the love and thank everyone for the things that they have given you. When you hear the car engines hum you say your last goodbyes and look up at the star-filled sky and say, “wow, what a great Thanksgiving day.” That is what Thanksgiving means to me and my family.
Ashley Bustos, 8
I think Thanksgiving is a really special holiday for the Pilgrims even if they weren’t treated well. Thanksgiving is a really fantastic holiday because without Thanksgiving we wouldn’t have turkey or pumpkin pie to eat in a special night. In my opinion I think Thanksgiving should always be celebrated every year. I also thank that Thanksgiving is another good holiday to spend time with your family. It takes a lot of Pilgrims to make Thanksgiving.