Thanksgiving and all things Fall are my absolute favorites, which made it REALLYYYYYY easy to come up with Thanksgiving activities for kids to do in these Thanksgiving theme and turkey theme resources. I know you must be SUPER excited so without further ado… Here are a few of my favorite preschool thanksgiving activities that we will be completing this year.
These Thanksgiving theme activities are the cutest and are jam packed with so much goodness. Here’s two weeks of lesson plans to help you tackle Thanksgiving activities this fall.
Preschool Thanksgiving Activities
The Macy’s Parade is always fun to watch so I knew that a beginning sound phonics parade would be a hit. This one is simple but jam packed with fun. Grab two matching lettered wheels and pair it with the correct beginning sound float.
Literacy activities are always a favorite to this reading specialist and this one does not disappoint. This is a great one to put in a sensory bin or you can do things a bit differently this go around and create a turkey using a strainer. If you choose to use a strainer, just tape the turkey to the front and stick the feathers in the holes. Then have your students pluck the feathers and trace the letters they pick. Of course, you can always ditch the colander and complete the activity as pictured as well.
Write the room can be such a fun activity to do. These pilgrim syllable cards are a fun way to get your little ones moving and learning at the same time. Simply hang the cards around a room and let your students walk around to identify how many syllables are in each word.
Once they know how many syllables are in the word, they will find the matching letter on their worksheet and color in the amount of syllables.
Need a more sit at your seat type of activity? This is another fun way to practice syllables. Your students will love adding the syllable feathers to the right numbered turkey. I’ve also included a syllable worksheet so you can do a preschool assessment, if you wish, as your students practice their cutting and gluing skills.
These pattern activities for preschoolers have tons of variations in them. Set them aside in a math center and let your little ones independently name what comes next in the AB and ABB patterns.
How cute is this preschool measurement activity?! I’m loving the Turkey theme going on with these Thanksgiving activities and think this would be so much fun for your students to complete as a measurement game or write the room activity in Kindergarten.
Simply hang the turkey trot cards around the room and have your students take their measurement worksheet and their turkey ruler with them to see how far the turkeys ran each time.
Counting is a vital skill for preschool and kindergarten aged kids to learn and this is a fun way to do it. Simply choose a card and place that many “feathers” on the turkey. We chose to use these colored clothes pins but colored feathers would look just as cute and still get the job done. This fun hands on activity also comes with a printable preschool worksheet to complete as well.
Stuff the turkey with the Thanksgiving feast in this fun spin and add Thanksgiving activity. Spin both spinners and feed the turkey that many pieces of food. If your mathematicians can handle it, you can also teach them how to make an equation.
Thanksgiving Activities for Kids
I think this is one of my favorite Thanksgiving activities for kids because it uses so many different types of mathematics in one activity. To play this, choose if you want your students to work on making 5 or 10. There are two different mats, depending on the amount you want each kid to do.
This activity comes with two sided pilgrims. To make 5, place 5 pilgrims in a cup and shake them around. Then, dump them onto the Mayflower mat. After that, have your students check to see how many landed on the girl side and boy side. The students can then make a 5 frame using the pictures they got. If you have a stronger mathematician, you can even teach them how to make the equation.
Here’s another counting activity that can easily be differentiated on your students skill level. To play, roll the dice and identify the number that’s rolled. Then, count out that many Native Americans and place them in the village. If you want to increase the difficulty of this activity, roll the dice again and add more Native Americans in the village. A great extension would be to teach your little learners how to write an equation with the two numbers rolled.
One to one correspondence is a skill that even toddlers can be successful at, with practice. These Thanksgiving toddler activities are a fun way to practice matching and shapes in math centers or sensory bins.
This compound word activity is very beneficial for beginning readers because it focuses on the phonemic awareness skill of blending. Here, your students will take two feathers and say them aloud. Then, they will blend the two words together, to create a compound word for the Native American to hold.
It’s vital to do this activity orally, without actual written words, in order to build upon their foundational reading skills.
Kids can’t get enough of counting, especially in fun themes like this. Most of my counting activities go up to 10, because that is developmentally appropriate in preschool. However, I’ve had a few educators request counting activities up to 20 for their stronger mathematicians and Kindergarteners… and I aim to please!
Thanksgiving crafts for kids
These Thanksgiving crafts for kids are brand new in my shop and I may be a tad obsessed with them. I mean, look how cute they are!! Can you blame me?
These pilgrim crafts and Native American crafts would look adorable on a Thanksgiving bulletin board in your classroom. Parents also get a kick out of fall crafts so these would be great to send home as a Thanksgiving keepsake. This fall activity comes with a boy and girl pilgrim craft, a boy and girl Native American craft, and 3 different phrases of writing. Check them out HERE in my shop.
Tear art is one of my favorite Thanksgiving activities to do with little ones because it needs little to no guidance and they always come out so cute and different from one another. Of course I had to incorporate tear art into our Thanksgiving theme so we made adorable toilet paper roll crafts to decorate our classroom walls.
Every single time we create crafts in my classroom, I pull out these awesome trays from Target. They’re my favorite because they tend to contain the mess AND have perfect size cubbies to hold manipulatives (like paper and googly eyes in this case).
How To Make It
To complete this thanksgiving craft, you will need to gather construction paper, a paper plate, a toilet paper roll, googly eyes, and a glue bottle.
- First, cut the construction paper plate in half.
- Then, glue the googly eyes and a turkey face onto the toilet paper roll and set it aside to dry.
- Next, let your students tear the construction paper into small squares. For my younger kiddos, I usually will precut these in strips so they only have to tear across once.
- After that, have them glue the squares onto the paper plate to look like feathers.
It wouldn’t be fall without an obligatory turkey handprint, am I right?! This Thanksgiving turkey hand print poem is perfect to send home as a parent keepsake. Paint your kiddos hand using the colors of your choice, let dry, then send home as a Thanksgiving gift for parents.
Thanksgiving Books for Kids
These fall preschool activities wouldn’t be complete without a list of Thanksgiving books for kids. These are some of my favorite Preschool books about Thanksgiving so I know you will love them.
Need more Preschool and Kindergarten activities?
If you’re needing more weekly themed activities, then you won’t want to miss out on these fun preschool themed lessons: