Editor's note: This post was originally published on November 20, 2014.
This Thanksgiving activity is an adaptation of a team-building activity I learned many years ago as a camp counselor. The premise is simple, but the result is meaningful.
Every person at the table (I like to do this while eating pumpkin pie) gets a sheet of paper. Everyone fan-folds the paper from top to bottom then opens it back up. This makes multiple sections on the paper. Next she writes her name in the first section. The paper is passed to whoever is sitting to that person's left, and then that person writes down why she is thankful for that person and then passes it on. When it comes back to the original person, everyone reads their list either silently or out loud.
This activity gets kids writing, but it's more meaningful than that. Words matter, and this easy-as-pie activity shows them that.