A fond childhood memory I have is of my Mom's dad, Papa, writing turkey notes to all his grandchildren. Turkey notes were poems that Papa would write that acted as clues to a hiding place in his house. Once we figured out the poem, we began our "hunt" for his treasure. Of course, we all pretented that "Turkey" wrote the notes for us each Thanksgiving! I actually don't remember what the treasure was, probably money or a treat. The real fun was figuring out Papa's clues!
The turkey note tradition has died out as all of us grandkids have gotten older. This year, I resurrected it! Yes, my youngest cousin is sixteen, but we still had fun with turkey notes this Thanksgiving! And I think Papa had fun watching!
Turkey notes can be easily adapted to "reindeer notes" or "cupid notes." It's a fun activity to do with your children or students during holiday time. It may even provide some education! Here's a couple of the notes I wrote this year:
Washington declared today a holiday
Jefferson didn't agree
This room is full of history and facts
Remember Turkey starts with "T"
(The prize was hidden in the library on a book that starts with T)