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.
Thanksgiving can be a stressful holiday even for the most experienced cook. Many people likely have a story about a time when Thanksgiving dinner did not go quite as smoothly as they hoped. We asked one of your favorite food bloggers to tell her tale of Thanksgiving-gone-wrong, and we encourage you to share your own Thanksgiving mishaps in the comments section below!
Salad Vinagrette, Anyone?
By Shaina Olmanson, Food For My Family
Photo Credit: Shaina Olmanson
Thanksgivings in my family are potluck-style affairs. All the aunts and uncles and grandkids and great-grandkids show up at the designated house bearing side dishes and desserts. When it is my mom’s turn to host, my four siblings and I–the ones that no longer live there–are obligated to show early and help her finish the turkey, the stuffing, the mashed potatoes, and on one fateful Thanksgiving Day, the salad.
The salad in question was a family favorite that required a homemade poppy seed vinaigrette be whisked together. My daughter, adept in the ways of the kitchen, set out to help her grandma, measuring ingredients and slowly pouring the olive oil so that a perfect emulsion could be created. Just after the vinaigrette was completed, someone called my mom away from the kitchen activities to help add leaves to the table to accommodate the guests, who were due in just a few short minutes. She turned to my daughter and requested that she pour the vinaigrette into one of the small glass pitchers in the large cabinet.
My daughter obliged, choosing a small white pitcher and slowly and carefully transferring the vinaigrette from one container to another, happy to be contributing to the family meal. When Grandma returned, however, she was squealing and sighing with less than a delighted tone to her voice, for the small white “pitcher” her granddaughter had chosen from the lowest shelf in the large cabinet (for those were easiest to reach over the crystal that resided on the top shelf) was really more of a pot, a Neti Pot.
Meet the Author
Shaina Olmanson is the cook, freelance writer, photographer, and mother of four behind Food for My Family, which was named one of the top ten Top 100 Mom Food Blogs by Babble.com in 2010, 2011, and 2012. She is the author of Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine, has served as the food editor for LifetimeMoms and daily contributor to Babble’s Family Kitchen, and contributes regularly to FoodYourWay.net and SimpleBites.net. She lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband and kids.
Share Your Story!
Tell us in the comments your own Thanksgiving disaster stories. Don’t be shy – we know everyone has messed up Thanksgiving in some way at least once.