What are You Thankful For? Ask it Better

The question, "What are you thankful for?" seems pretty basic at the outset. However, this post describes a lot of fun twists that you can add onto the end of it to encourage students to really think creatively about their answers. Try out a few questions as you prepare for Thanksgiving break!

“What are you thankful for?” asks the teacher, or the parent, or the Sunday school instructor, or Aunt Ethel, or Grandpa Joe, or the guy at the checkstand at the grocery store, and on, and on, and on.

And what is the answer? My family, my home, my friends…maybe the toy of the moment. And these are all great answers, but you can get kids to think more creatively by asking more specific questions. Here are some questions to ask to get kids thinking in different ways:

  1. What are you are thankful for that is green?
  2. What are you thankful for that is yellow?
  3. What are you are thankful for that is soft?
  4. What are you are thankful for that is round?
  5. What are you are thankful for that is very small?
  6. What are you are thankful for that is very big?
  7. What are you are thankful for that tastes good?
  8. What are you are thankful for that tastes bad?
  9. What are you are thankful for that you cannot see?
  10. What are you thankful for that you cannot touch?
  11. What do you think your teacher is thankful for?
  12. What do you think a teenager is thankful for?
  13. What do you think a very old person is thankful for?
  14. What do you think the president is thankful for?
  15. What do you think a dog is thankful for?
  16. What do you think a cat is thankful for?
You can also ask kids to come up with their own creative thankfulness questions.

 

 

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