First 5 Friday - Do you know the 123s of how to be thankful?

Happy First 5 Friday! Here is a great way to start off your weekend as you READ, TALK and PLAY with your little ones!


READ: Start off your weekend as you read "123s of Thankfulness" by Patricia Hegarty. What are 3 things you and your little ones are thankful for?

TALK: Talk to your little ones about the "123s of Thankfulness" by Patricia Hegarty. Use the conversation starters below to help get their attention.


Suggested questions to get the conversation started for all ages:

  • How do you say “thank you” to someone?

  • Did you thank someone today? Why?

  • Who can you always count on? Why are you thankful for them?

Suggested conversation questions about "123s of Thankfulness" by Patricia Hegarty for children ages 0-3:

  • What animals did you see in “123s of Thankfulness” by Patricia Hegarty?

  • Can you count to 10? Show me!

  • Parents: If your child has not learned their numbers yet, this would be a great time to teach them.

Suggested conversation questions about "123s of Thankfulness" by Patricia Hegarty for children ages 4-5:

  • What are you thankful for today that made your day?

  • What food are you thankful for that you eat?

PLAY: Play with your little ones with 123s of Thankfulness activities!


Activity: Prompt your to complete these fun actions as they show what they are thankful for.

  • Thank someone for something they did for you today.

  • Give someone you love and live with a high five.

  • Can you point to your eyes? Show me!

  • Cheer loudly (say “woo-hoo”) for your friends and family and everything they do for you!

  • Act like you’re sailing in a rowboat.

  • Can you draw a pretty flower? Show me!

  • Pretend to fly like a butterfly.

  • Pretend like you are eating an apple.

  • Pretend like you are eating an ice cream cone.

  • Pretend like you are watering a seed that will grow into a beautiful plant.

  • Stretch really tall to help you grow!

  • Can you list the colors of the rainbow? Show me!

  • Parents: This is a great chance to talk to younger little ones about colors and teach them the colors of the rainbow. Remember ROYGBIV: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet

  • Pretend like you are flying a kite in the wind.

  • Do you have a favorite season? Tell me about it!

  • Parents: This is a great opportunity to teach your little ones about the seasons we experience each year.

  • Flap your arms and pretend to be a flying bird.

  • Sing a fun song or tune you know.

  • Point out a star in the night sky.

Please share pictures of the special memories you make with your little one on Facebook and Instagram at @First5Lex!

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