Thanksgiving is all about appreciating all that we have in our lives: our family, friends and loved ones who are there to support us. Former First Lady Cathy Keating loves Thanksgiving and even considers it her favorite holiday! Cathy Keating has devoted her life to community service and giving back to her Oklahoma communities, particularly in Tulsa, her hometown. She has been involved in non-profits most of her life and continues to advocate and work towards a better Oklahoma. From serving on various boards to volunteering her time, Mrs. Keating knows the value of giving your time and energy towards wonderful causes. During this season of appreciation and thinking of other, we would like to highlight Cathy Keating and her unwavering devotion to Oklahoma!

Supplies! Here are all of the materials needed to do today's activities:

  • Outdoor leaves (Pressed between a book for a while)
  • Materials gathered during nature walk (leaves, acorns, sticks, flowers, etc.)
  • Markers or Paint pens
  • Paper Plate
  • Paints (Fall themed)
  • Sponge
  • Construction Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Paper Bag
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Shoebox

Try This! Thanksgiving is a time to be appreciative and grateful for all of the wonderful things that we have in our lives. Why not give back to our families and community. Help your parents clean the yard by raking up leaves and sticks that may be left laying around. You might get to build a big pile of leaves that you can jump into! Or, why not help someone else in your neighborhood who may not be able to clean their yards. I am sure they will be very thankful! You can also go on a nature walk collecting various things that can be used for one of the arts and crafts activities. Collect interesting leaves, sticks, acorns and such!


Movie Time! Why not change perspective for a little bit? Watch Free Birds and see how two turkeys try to change the course of history!


Storytime! Thanksgiving is an American staple holiday, but it is always important to understand its origins. Follow along as a you read about the first Thanksgiving meal! Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story! Don’t forget you can also look for this book at your closest public library!


Watch This! Tune into this beloved classic! Watch as Charlie Brown navigates through Thanksgiving with his family and friends! Also, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is available for streaming for free on Apple TV November 23rd to the 27th!

Field Trip! The Fall season is one of the most colorful and pleasant to be outdoors. Why not take a trip to one of Oklahoma’s many orchards and pick your choice of apples, berries and so much more! Use these resources below to find one for you.

Keep learning more of Oklahoma’s Story! We hope you enjoyed learning about Cathy Keating and Thanksgiving, as well as creating all sorts of Thanksgiving crafts! Just goes to show how impactful Oklahomans can be! Be sure to come back next week to learn more about great Oklahomans.

Want to show us your artwork? We love to share here at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame! Please share pictures of your arts & crafts with us at pics@oklahomahof.com. We hope you have a lot of fun and hope to see back here next time!