Quick, what are you most thankful for on Thanksgiving Day? It’s pumpkin pie, right? Thought so. How about Grandmom? Uncle Jim? Your baby sister? What are they most thankful for on Thanksgiving — is it also pumpkin pie?
This Thanksgiving Day Thankfulness Venn Diagram Activity compares parents, grandparents and kids to see where there is common ground between multiple generations of family and friends, and to see who is thankful for what during this sweet smelling holiday. Of course, the answer is probably pumpkin pie, but let’s find out for sure!
What You’ll Need
- Family & Friends
- Optional: Printables (see below for pdf)
Because there are so many things in addition to pumpkin pie to be thankful for on Thanksgiving, it may be helpful to make a short list ahead of time so that it’s easy for your family and friends to respond, and also to consolidate the possible answers. I’ve included a sample list below and made a pdf of it in triplicate (one for each group of responders) for you to print.
Download and print the Thanksgiving Thankfulness Venn Diagram Questionnaire. And fear not, there’s space to add extras like ‘Parades’ and ‘Stuffing’!
As your child asks each person gathered for Thanksgiving the top three things they are most thankful for on that day, place a check mark or shade in a box next to that thing on the list.
After the interviewing is complete, your questionnaire will look something like this.
Venn Diagram Time
Now it’s time to fill out your Venn Diagram!
But first, tally up the totals from each set of responders to determine the top three things each group is thankful for on Thanksgiving. Find which thing, if any, all three groups agreed upon — Family Time, for example — and then write ‘Family Time’ in the center portion of the Venn Diagram where all three circles overlap. Next, determine if there’s anything only two groups listed in their top three — Stuffing, for example, which wasn’t on my original list of choices but was chosen by both the Parents and Grandparents groups (but not Kids) — so write ‘Stuffing’ in the overlap of the orange Parents and gold Grandparents circles. We also wrote ‘Warm Dinner Rolls’ in the overlap of the red Kids and orange Parents circles because both groups are understandably most thankful for yummy warm rolls on Thanksgiving. Keep going until you’ve finished writing the things only one group selected in their top three (ties are okay!), like ‘Christmas is Next!’ and ‘Pumpkin Pie’ by the Kids, ‘Turkey & Gravy’ by the Adults, and ‘Veggies’ (of course) by the Grandparents.
You can either print off this Thanksgiving Thankfullness Venn Diagram that I have made for you, or simply create your own with three circles overlapping in the middle.
Analyzing the Results
Did pumpkin pie defy age and prove the most multi-generational Thanksgiving Day thing to be thankful for? Not in my house!
Organizing the answers in a Venn Diagram makes it easy to visually spot common ground, to see the things your family and friends of all ages are most thankful for on Thanksgiving Day. In our example, everyone agreed that Family Time is king, but there’s clearly a difference between what the Kids and the Grandparents in my family are thankful for on Thanksgiving; with kids smartly going for Dinner Rolls and looking ahead to Christmas and the elder family members predictably picking Veggies and adding Stuffing to my list, a traditional Thanksgiving food the Parents group shouted out as well.
What will your family agree on while gathered around the dinner table this year? Use this Thankfulness Venn Diagram Activity to figure it out on Thanksgiving Day!