The Saturday prior to Thanksgiving,
using 1/2" blue Styrofoam board (from Lowe's), I made a large turkey body (about four foot high) with no tail feathers. I made large tail feathers and wrote all the things the children were thankful for on the backside
of each one. I hot glued paint stirrers (donated by Lowe's) on each feather and made a place for the children to push the end into on the back side of the turkey so they would
stay (see below).
The next day, the Sunday before
Thanksgiving, the children
were given a feather and went to the microphone to read off the items on their feather.
(I had a mother by the microphone to help them.) After they read, they placed the feather into the tail end of the turkey. The congregation really got a
kick out of some of the items they were thankful for; as you could imagine by the examples I gave you. This is a great program for small churches
too, as each child could do more than one feather if needed.