As soon as November comes around, people seem to be already planning for Christmas, but what about Thanksgiving? I have always struggled to think of Thanksgiving interventions, so last year and this year I took some time to research and be creative. Here is a list of Thanksgiving interventions I like to use:

  • Food Glorious Food (from Oliver)- this song works great for group movement
  • Feast– song writing with teens or adults (http://www.songsforteaching.com/gemini/afeast.php)
  • We Eat Turkey– (tune of Are You Sleeping) We eat Turkey, we eat turkey. Oh so good, oh so good. Always on Thanksgiving, always on Thanksgiving. Yum yum yum. Yum yum yum.
    • Kids enjoy sharing what they like to eat and then putting that into the song. This is also a great opportunity to use boomwhackers. I use G and D with octavator caps and take turns.
  • My Favorite Things– I like to use this song for many songwriting interventions. For Thanksgiving, you end each verse with “these are the things I am thankful for”.
  • What a Wonderful World– This can be used for relaxation or sensory stimulation. The words describe the small things in life that make this word so wonderful.
  • Thanksgiving Hymns- For the Beauty of the Earth, We Gather Together (used for older adult groups or hospice)

Happy Thanksgiving!

~Janel Cross, MT-BC