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Thanksgiving Crafts, Activities, Games, and Printables

Thanksgiving crafts and activities for preschool and kindergarten

Preschool and Kindergarten Thanksgiving Activities, Crafts, Lessons, Folder Games, and Printables. Thanksgiving is a time for tradition, sharing, gathering with family, and giving thanks for what we have. The first Thanksgiving in the USA was a feast in 1621, shared by the Pilgrims to celebrate a successful harvest. Celebrate Thanksgiving, the pilgrims, and the harvest with our crafts, activities, games and many more resources for preschool and kindergarten.

Samples of our more than 60 Thanksgiving crafts, activities, lessons, games, and printables available in our KidsSoup Resource Library:

Themes and Projects

 
Corn and Popcorn Activities and Games

Crafts

 
We Are Thankful Wreath
 
Paper Bag Turkey
 
Turkey Spoon Craft

Activities and Lessons

 
Corn Is Maize Literacy Activity
 
5 Little Turkeys Felt Story
 
The Voyage to the New World Felt Story

Math

 
How Many People in the Family
 
Ship Shapes Game
 
Pumpkin Pie Fine Motor Skills

Science and Exploration

 
Corn Is Maize Literacy Activity
 
Pumpkin Science with the Five Senses

Games

 
Plenty of pl- Consonant Blends Game
 
Turkey Rhyming Folder Game
 
Thanksgiving Dinner Board Game

Movement

 
Thankerchief Rhyme and Movement.
 
White Mashed Potatoes with Brown Gravy
 
Pumpkin Pie Fine Motor Skills

Booklets and Other

 
The Voyage to the New World Story Book
 
The Family Visit Emergent Reader
 
Thanksgiving Word Wall

Worksheets

 
Thanksgiving Coloring Page
 
Pilgrim Boy and Girl
 
Mayflower Prewriting Skills

In The Classroom

 
Pumpkin Science with the Five Senses
 
Kitchen Literacy Activity
 
Featured: Feather and Beads Fine Motor Skill Activities
Free Thanksgiving Crafts, Activities, and Printables

Thanks for Thanksgiving Book and Activity

To start your Thanksgiving unit, read the book Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes. Talk with children about what it means to be thankful. List some of the things that you are thankful for. Then, ask children to share some of the things that they are thankful for. Discuss that we are all thankful for our family and our friends at school. Hold hands and sing the song together. 

Let's Be Thankful 
(Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)

Let's be thankful for this day, 
For our friends and for our play. 
Let's be thankful; let's be glad 
For the food and things we have. 
Let's give thanks for you and me
And our home and family.

On a white large napkin write the names of your family or of the children in your class. Decorate with glitter pens or glue on some sparkly gems. This will be your Thankerchief. Use it to play a game of Thankerchief. 

Thankerchief

Arrange children in a circle. Recite the poem and pass around the “thankerchief." At the end of the poem, the player holding the "thankerchief" shares a thing for which he/she is thankful for. Continue the game until each child had a turn. 

Thankerchief, thankerchief, around you go
Where you’ll stop, nobody knows.
But when you do, someone must say,
What they are thankful for this day.

 

Free Thanksgiving Printables:

Turkey Thanksgiving craft decoration Turkey coloring page flower turkey thanksgiving coloring page Thanksgivingplace card

Turkey Pumpkin Craft

Handprint Flower Turkey

Thankgiving and Harvest Activities 

 
Thanksgiving Day Is Near
Author Unknown

When all the leaves are off the boughs,
And nuts and apples gathered in,
And cornstalks waiting for the cows,
And pumpkins safe in barn and bin,
Then Mother says, "My children dear,
The fields are brown, and autumn flies;
Thanksgiving Day is very near,
And we must make Thanksgiving pies!"

NEW! On the Table and Thanksgiving Activities, Crafts, Folder Games, and Lessons

On the table and thanksgiving preschool and kindergarten theme and crafts

Thankgiving Sensory Play Ideas and Centers

Water or Sand Table
Add some corn husks, cornmeal, and kernels to your sand table. Provide measuring spoons, a strainer, and small containers. Let children use the spoons to fill the small containers with corn kernels and cornmeal.

Corn Investigation Station
Provide magnifying glasses, Indian corn, corn on the cob, and corn husk leaves. Let children use the magnifying glass to explore the different items. Add tweezers and let children take the corn kernels off the Indian corn. 

Thanksgiving Games:

Cranberry Spoon Race
Use real cranberries in a relay race game. If any cranberries fall of the spoon during the race the runner must start again.

Thanksgiving Dinner Game
Have players sit in a circle. The first player starts by saying, "At Thanksgiving dinner I like to eat turkey." The next player must repeat "At Thanksgiving dinner I like to eat turkey . . ." and add another dish. This continues all the way around the circle with each player reciting the dishes in the exact order they have been given and then adding a new one. If a player makes a mistake, he or she must slide out of the circle and the game continues. The person left who can perfectly recite the Thanksgiving menu wins.

Turkey Activities and Games

Turkey Walk
Play music of your choice and encourage children to move like: BIG turkeys, little turkeys, tired turkeys, happy turkeys, scared turkeys, etc.

Turkey Kids Crafts

Turkey Napkin Holder Craft 
Cut a small ring from a brown paper roll. Trace and cut some turkey pieces out of craft paper. Glue together. Fold napkin into a fan and push through the turkey napkin ring and place on plate. This makes a very cute Thanksgiving table decoration. (Patterns available in our KidsSoup Resource Library.)  

Handprint Flower Turkey 
Have child make a print of his or her hand on a white piece of craft paper. Paint hand and fingers in different colors. Let dry. When dry, draw the turkey's head, feet, and beak. Use red craft paper to make the waddle. Cut a mum flower close to the flower head and put a generous amount of glue on the dry turkey. Finish decorating the turkey's head with a wiggly eye.

Other Great Preschool and Kindergarten Thanksgiving Links:

Turkey History Turkey Facts The Pilgram Story Thanksgiving Activities

Visit our Twiggle Magazine November edition for the Thanks for Thanksgiving Literacy Lesson and Actvities

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