Thankful Turkey and Mindset Feather Printables

A cartoon turkey with feathers labeled creativity, empathy, courage, grit, optimism, growth mindset, and adaptability. Text at the top reads "Thanksgiving Activities" with a decorative leaf border. This fun illustration supports youth entrepreneurship education by highlighting essential entrepreneurial traits.

You can practice thinking like an entrepreneur any time, even on Thanksgiving! Check out these two fun activities that not only highlight entrepreneurial thinking, but also offer a chance to share what you’re grateful for in those around you.

Printable: Turkey & Mindset Feathers

To get started, print out the turkey and mindset feathers, then cut out the feathers. Once you’ve cut your shapes out, try one of the following activities!

  • • Pin the Mindset on the Turkey: Each player takes turn closing their eyes and trying to tape, pin, or sticky tack a mindset feather onto the turkey! Take a moment to talk about what mindsets you’re using during the activity. (Closing your eyes and doing something silly takes courage!)
  • • Mindset Feather Trade: Everyone gets their own turkey body and set of feathers. Then, take turns each giving one of your feathers to each other player to recognize an entrepreneurial mindset they’ve shown. Be sure to explain your choice!

    When you receive a feather, put it aside in a separate pile for safe keeping. Once all players have given away their original set of feathers, everyone can build their very own turkey featuring the mindsets they’ve been given.

Printable: Thankful Turkey

No cutting required for this activity! This appreciation exercise is great for doing around the dinner table.

  1. Each player gets their own Thankful Turkey sheet. Write your name somewhere at the top of your turkey.
  2. Pass your turkey to the player to your right. Check whose turkey you have using the name at the top, then write what you appreciate about that person in one of the feathers on the turkey! (It’s okay to go outside the lines if you need more space.)
  3. Once everyone has written their note, pass along the turkey to the player to your right again. Write a note on another feather! This cycle repeats until everyone has their original turkey back.
  4. Once you have your own turkey, take the time to write a kind message to yourself, then read all the messages from others.
  5. If you run out of turkey feathers, it’s okay to draw more to keep writing notes!

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