Thanksgiving theme activities for Pre-K and Preschool. Literacy, math, printables, book lists and more!
Thanksgiving Literacy Activities
Thanksgiving Beginning Sounds Game
This game helps students isolate beginning sounds while playing a fun, whole group game. The beginning sounds game is available in the Thanksgiving bundle below. Included are the playing cards and an original poem.
Thanksgiving Rhyming Game
The predictable text in this pocket chart set will help your students learn concepts of print such as left to right directionality, return sweep, one-to-one correspondence, and more. This activity is available in the Thanksgiving Literacy bundle below.
Thanksgiving Visual Discrimination Printables
Get these Thanksgiving Visual Discrimination printable task cards in the Thanksgiving bundle below.
Thanksgiving Math Activities
Thanksgiving one-to-One Correspondence Activities
Get ideas for teaching 1:1 skills in your preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten classroom on the blog HERE.
Printable Turkey Grid Game
Help young children build number sense with this fun, printable turkey grid game. This game is available in the Building Number Sense with Grid Games packet.
Over the River Board Game
The Over the River board game pictured above is available in the Thanksgiving bundle below.
Thanksgiving Feast Counting
Give each child a paper plate, scissors, glue stick, and a Thanksgiving grocery store flyer. You can pick them up for free at your local grocery store. Have each child cut out the food items they think they will be eating on Thanksgiving day and glue them to their plate. In the picture here we were learning about the number 4 so I asked the children to find 4 things they wanted to eat at their feast. Have the child write the number of the items in the middle of plate.
These also make a great bulletin board display. Using your glue stick, attach each plate to the middle of a large sheet of construction paper. Glue plastic knives, forks, spoons, and paper napkins to the paper to make it look like a place setting. Attach the placemats to the wall to create your bulletin board display and title it “Mrs. ______’s Class is Having a Feast” or similar.
Turkey Counting Book
This printable Turkey Counting book is available in the Thanksgiving bundle below. Easy assembly, no cutting required.
Write one number in the middle of each paper plate with a permanent marker. Have students attach the correct number of clothespins to each plate.
The Thanksgiving pattern activity is available in the Thanksgiving bundle below.
Fun Thanksgiving Activities
Printable Dramatic Play Thanksgiving Feast Mini-Kit
Download this free printable mini dramatic play kit on the blog HERE.
Classroom Recipes: Turkey Snacks for Kids
Get the recipes for 2 super easy Thanksgiving snacks kids can make in your classroom on the blog HERE.
Find the details about this pumpkin pie craft on the blog here.
Pumpkin Play Dough
Get the recipe to make this super easy, 2 ingredient play dough on the blog HERE.
Coffee Filter Turkey
Have each child color a coffee filter using Crayola watercolor markers. Next, spray the coffee filters gently with water. The colors will bleed together to create a beautiful tail for your turkey. Next, cut large brown circles of construction paper for the turkey’s body. Cut another smaller brown circle for the head. When dry, glue the coffee filter on the white paper, then the body, and finally the head.
We Are Thankful Class Book
Materials: white construction paper, crayons.
After reading Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks have each student write/draw something they are thankful for on their paper. When everybody is finished, bind the pictures into a class book.
Favorite Thanksgiving Food Graph
Materials: large piece of butcher paper, clip art of various thanksgiving foods, glue, markers, instant mashed potatoes, instant stuffing, pumpkin pie, turkey, plastic spoons.
This is a great activity to do after reading The Little Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie. Prepare the mashed potatoes and stuffing at home the night before, buy one cheap pumpkin pie, and use sliced deli turkey for the Thanksgiving “turkey”. Glue the clip-art of each food at the top of the graph and divide the rows using the markers. Heat the potatoes and stuffing in the microwave. Have the students come individually and taste the items. “Taste” is the key word here, just one small bite per child will make your supplies last and you won’t go broke, especially if you have two classes. If you have any vegetarians in your class have them skip the turkey, and make sure not to use chicken broth in the stuffing or mashed potatoes. Have the children write their name on the graph under the picture of the food that was their favorite.
Pumpkin Pie in a Cup
The pumpkin pie in a cup printable recipe and directions are available on the blog here.
The perfect way to teach your little learners about sharing for Thanksgiving! Read all about this activity on the blog HERE.
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Photo credit at top: © Michael Flippo / Dollar Photo Club