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
T for Turkey


We Are Thankful Wreath
Paper Bag Turkey

Activities and Lessons

Corn Is Maize Literacy Activity
Five Little Turkeys Playing Hide and Seek Felt Story
The Voyage to the New World Felt Story


How Many People in the Family
Corn Kernel 10 Frame Number Mats

Science and Exploration

Corn Is Maize Literacy Activity
Pumpkin Science with the Five Senses


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


Pumpkin Pie Fine Motor Skills
Five Little Turkeys Playing Hide and Seek Circle Game
Ten Little Turkeys on Thanksgiving Day - Transition Game

Booklets and Other

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


Thanksgiving Coloring Page
Pilgrim Boy and Girl
Mayflower Prewriting Skills
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. 


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.


T for Turkey Activities and Games (Available inside our ABC Twiggles Program.)

Free Thanksgiving Printables:

Free Happy Thanksgiving Color by Letter Worksheet (Letter recognition and visual discrimation)

thanksgiving coloring page Turkey coloring page Thanksgivingplace card

Thanksgiving Coloring Page


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!"

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 Pumpkin Craft

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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