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I’m Thankful For…

Uncle Amon

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I’m Thankful for my Pets

Just for Fun Activity

I’m Thankful for My Older Friends

Just for Fun Activity

I’m Thankful for My Tools

I’m Thankful for Fresh Air and Sunshine

Just for Fun Activity

I’m Thankful for School

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I’m Thankful for my Pets

“I have the cutest cat in the world,” said six year old Jillian. “I love Fluffy so much!”

Fluffy was a very big, fat, furry cat. He was brown and orange in color. He loved Jillian just as much as she loved him.

“I have the cutest dog in the world,” said six year old Billy, who was Jillian’s cousin. “Rex is the best dog ever!”

Rex was dark brown and light brown in color and he loved Billy just as much as Billy loved him.

One day, Billy brought Rex over to Jillian’s house.

“Billy!” exclaimed Jillian. “You know that Fluffy is here. Why did you bring Rex over? What if Rex hurts Fluffy?”

“Rex isn’t going to hurt Fluffy,” said Billy. “Rex is a good boy. He loves other animals.”

“How do you know he loves other animals?” asked Jillian. “I bet he has never seen a cat before.”

“No,” admitted Billy. “Rex has never seen another cat but he does like the new puppy that my neighbor just got.”

Rex saw Fluffy out of the corner of his eye. He started to walk slowly towards Fluffy.

“Billy!” screamed Jillian. “Rex is going to hurt Fluffy.”

“He won’t,” said Billy, trying to calm Jillian down. “Just watch them.”

Fluffy was actually not afraid of Rex at all. He just sat in his place and watched him. Rex went up to Fluffy and sniffed him. Fluffy started to purr. Rex actually liked the sound of Fluffy purring so he decided to curl up beside him on the floor.

“Oh my!” laughed Jillian. “They love each other!”

“I told you that you didn’t have to worry,” said Billy. “Rex is a good dog.”

“And Fluffy is a good cat,” said Jillian.

The next day, Billy and Jillian decided they would go to the park to play. They saw a dog and cat in the park. The dog actually tried to chase the cat up the tree. The cat scratched the dog on the nose and it yelped.

The owner of the dog came along and scolded the dog and took it home. The cat just sat in the tree for a few minutes to make sure the dog was gone and then it went home as well.

“We both have very good animals,” said Billy, thinking back to the day before when Fluffy and Rex met for the first time.

“Yes,” said Jillian. “We do!”

“I am very thankful for my dog,” said Billy. “Rex didn’t try to chase Fluffy at all.”

“I am very thankful for my cat,” said Jillian. “Fluffy didn’t try to swat at Rex.”



Just for Fun Activity

Do you have a favorite pet? If so, draw a picture of your favorite pet having fun! You can also add some of your favorite family and friends. Hang your masterpiece on the refrigerator and share your art with the entire family!

I’m Thankful for My Older Friends

“Jillian,” said her younger cousin, Sarah, who was five years old. “We are going to play jumping sack at the park. Do you want to come with us?”

“It is going to be a lot of fun,” said Billy, Sarah’s six year old brother.

“Okay,” said Jillian. “I will come to the park and play with you.”

Jillian loved to play jumping sack with her two cousins. They always had a lot of fun together.

“Come on,” coaxed Billy. “Let’s get to the park early so we have lots of time.”

“Okay,” said Jillian, putting her shoes on. “Just give me a minute or two.”

Jillian put her shoes on and then the cousins walked to the park. They saw a group of older children at one end of the park so they decided they would play at the opposite end. That way they weren’t getting in the way of the older children.

Jillian, Billy, and Sarah all got into their jumping sacks and they were having a great time until one of the older children spotted them.

“Oh look,” said Harold, one of the older boys. “They are playing jumping sack. How lame can you be?”

“Do you want to join us?” asked Jillian.

“Not on your life,” said Harold. “You won’t catch me jumping around in an old potato sack.”

“It is actually fun,” said Billy.

“Fun to us is watching you three,” said Harold.

“Leave them alone,” said Kathy, one of the older girls in the group. “They aren’t doing anything to hurt you.”

“We purposely picked this spot to play in,” said Sarah. “So that way, we wouldn’t disturb you guys.”

“Oh isn’t that thoughtful,” said Harold. “I appreciate your kindness.”

“I really think we should go now,” said Jillian, who was getting a bit worried about this group of older children.

“You are starting to scare them off,” said Kathy. “Just leave them alone.”

Billy, Sarah, and Jillian tried to ignore them. They got into their jumping sacks and they continued to jump across the field, laughing and giggling as they went.

“OUCH!!!” they heard someone scream.

“Oh no!” exclaimed Jillian, looking behind her to see what the screaming was all about. “It looks like Harold hurt himself.”

Jillian, Sarah, and Billy jumped out of their jumping sacks quickly and went over to where Harold laid on the ground.

“Are you okay?” asked Jillian.

“I think so,” said Harold, his ego a little bruised.

“What happened?” asked Billy. “We were playing and then all of a sudden we heard you screaming.”

“He banged his head on the branch of that tree,” said Kathy, pointing to a big long branch.

“That would hurt,” said Jillian. “Are you okay?”

“Yes,” said Harold. “Thank you for your concern. I am fine.”

“We are glad you are okay,” said Sarah.

“You are?” asked Harold.

“Yes,” said Billy. “We are. We don’t want anyone to be hurt.”

Harold thought about how mean he was to the younger children and he was ashamed of himself.

“I am sorry for being so mean to you,” said Harold.

“That is okay,” said Jillian. “We forgive you.”

The new friends enjoyed the rest of their day and they all played happily in the park together.



Just for Fun Activity

Making new friends is fun and exciting. Do you know of a person at school that no one talks to? Next time you see them, go up to them and make friends! You never know, it could be your new best friend. It is sure to brighten their day and yours!

I’m Thankful for My Tools

“Billy!” exclaimed his cousin, Jillian. “Come quick. I need some help.”

“What is going on?” asked Billy.

“I need you to help me fix my desk,” said Jillian. “It is falling apart.”

“Okay,” said Billy, assessing the situation.

“Well,” said Jillian, after about five minutes. “What are you waiting for?”

“I need to make sure I get the right tools for the job,” said Billy.

“Oh,” said Jillian. “I guess that makes sense.”

Billy went home and he got his hammer and a few nails. He grabbed a screwdriver and a flashlight as well.

“I got my tools,” said Billy about five minutes later.

Jillian and Billy took everything off the desk and carefully laid it on Jillian’s bed. Then they proceeded to fix the desk.

“Look at the two of you working so hard together,” said Jillian’s mother when she came to see what the two children were doing.

“My desk was falling apart,” said Jillian. “Billy is helping me fix it.”

“You are doing a good job,” said Mother. “I have some things around the house that could use some fixing too.”

“I will help you,” said Billy.

“That would be great,” said Mother.

Billy finished Jillian’s desk and they put it all back in place. It was very sturdy and Jillian was very happy that Billy helped her fix it.

“Thank you,” said Jillian. “Thank you for fixing my desk.”

“You are welcome,” said Billy.

Billy went home and as soon as he got in the door, the phone rang.

“Billy,” said Jillian. “Bring your tools please. Mother got locked in the bedroom. She needs your help.”

“Okay,” said Billy. “I will bring my tools right away.”

Billy grabbed a screwdriver, his hammer and his flashlight and he went back to Jillian’s house.

“I think we will have to take the door knob off,” said Jillian.

“Yes,” said Billy. “That is what we will have to do.”

Billy took his screwdriver and he removed the screws from the door knob. In a few minutes he was able to open the door.

“Thank you so much,” said Mother. “I really appreciate your help.”

“You are welcome,” said Billy.

“I am very thankful for you and your tools,” said Mother, handing Billy a five dollar bill for his help.

“I am very thankful for them as well,” said Billy, thinking of all the things he could buy with the five dollars.

I’m Thankful for Fresh Air and Sunshine

Sarah looked out the window and she saw the snow was beginning to melt. She saw the sun was shining.

“I want to go outside and play,” said Sarah.

“That is a good idea,” said Mother. “Spring is finally here and we should get out of the house and enjoy the nice fresh air and sunshine.”

Mother and Sarah both went outside and they saw some beautiful butterflies fluttering around the air.

“You know,” said Mother. “When I was a little girl, I would get a net and try to catch them.”

“That sounds like fun,” said Sarah. “Can we try to do that?”

“Sure,” said Mother.

Mother went downstairs and got two butterfly nets that were in the basement. She handed one to Sarah and she kept one for herself.

“Oh look,” said Mother. “There is a butterfly over by the tree.”

Sarah took her net and she gently tried to catch the butterfly in it. The butterfly was too quick. Sarah couldn’t catch it.

“Butterflies are pretty quick,” said Sarah.

“Yes,” said Mother. “They can be.”

Mother saw one close to a rose bush that was in the front yard. She ran to try to catch the butterfly but she couldn’t catch it either.

“I can’t seem to catch the butterfly either,” said Mother.

“Let me try again,” said Sarah, seeing one by the mailbox in front of the house.

Sarah snuck up as close as she could to the butterfly. She had the net right on top of the butterfly and was going to flip the net over to capture it but the butterfly was quicker than she was. The butterfly flew away.

“We will never catch the butterflies,” said Sarah. “How many butterflies did you catch when you were a little girl?”

“I actually didn’t catch any,” said Mother.

“Oh,” said Sarah. “Then I don’t feel so bad.”

“You know,” said Mother. “It isn’t about actually catching the butterflies.”

“It isn’t,” said Sarah.

“No,” said Mother. “It is all about getting outside and getting some fresh air and sunshine.”

“And,” said Sarah. “It is also nice to spend some time outdoors with you.”

“Awe,” said Mother. “You are so sweet.”

“Well,” said Sarah. “We don’t really get to spend too much time outdoors together.”

“No,” said Mother. “You are right. I am either busy in the kitchen or cleaning up and you are busy with your homework. We should make an effort to spend some time outdoors this year.”

“Yes,” said Sarah. “That would be nice.”

Mother and Sarah spent a little bit more time outdoors trying to catch butterflies but they never did catch a single one.

“I am thankful for the fresh air and sunshine,” said Sarah.

“I am too,” said Mother. “It was a long cold winter and it is nice to get outside finally.”



Just for Fun Activity

What’s your favorite outdoor activity? Make sure to get outside and play for at least 30 minutes a day. Being active is a great way to live a healthy lifestyle. Be sure to eat your fruits and vegetables also!

I’m Thankful for School

Billy and his sister, Sarah, were so bored that they were driving their Mother crazy.

“I will be glad when school starts again,” said Mother.

“No,” said Billy. “I don’t want school to start.”

“Well,” said Mother. “It is going to start in about a week.”

“It just seems like yesterday that we started our summer vacation,” said Sarah.

“I want summer to stay forever,” said Billy.

“Me too,” said Sarah.

“Well,” said Mother. “We know that can’t happen. However, we can make it last for as long as we possibly can.”

“How?” asked Billy.

“Let’s go on a camping trip,” said Mother.

“That would be so much fun,” said Sarah. “Let’s do that.”

Mother, Sarah, and Billy packed up some camping equipment and they went camping in the mountains for the last week of their summer vacation. They got to go swimming, hiking, and at night they would sit and tell ghost stories around the campfire.

“That wasn’t a ghost story,” said Billy, when Mother told them a story about a young girl that loved camping in the mountains.

“I wasn’t finished with the story,” said Mother.

Mother continued the story about how the young girl got lost in the mountains and she met up with a ghost who helped her get back to her family.

“Oh,” said Sarah, eyes wide open. “Now that was a good ghost story.”

“Yes,” said Billy, whose eyes were just as wide as Sarah’s. “That was a good one.”

“It actually did happen,” said Mother.

“It did?” asked Billy.

“Yes,” said Mother. “That was a true story all except for the bit about the ghost.”

“Were you the one that got lost?” asked Billy.

“Yes,” admitted Mother. “I was.”

Mother told Billy and Sarah about how she wasn’t afraid when she got lost and how she was able to quickly find her way back to the camp on her own.

The children enjoyed their camping trip with Mother and they enjoyed the stories that Mother told them. However, they both knew it was time to get ready for their first day at school.

Both Billy and Sarah were very anxious about going back to school. However, once they got there, they found out their best friends were in the same class as they were. They were very happy about this.

“I am thankful for school,” said Billy, that night after dinner.

“Me too,” said Sarah.

“I am really glad you two are enjoying school this year,” said Mother. “Now, just remember to get your homework done on time.”

Both Billy and Sarah went upstairs without saying a word.

“What are you two doing?” asked Mother.

“Homework,” said Billy.

“You are both such good children,” said Mother. “I am so thankful to have two wonderful children!”

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