Preschool Thanksgiving Theme

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Songs & Fingerplays - (cont.)

Five Little Pilgrims

Five little Pilgrims on Thanksgiving Day.
The first one said, "I'll have cake if I may."
The second one said, "I'll have turkey roasted."
The third one said, "I'll have chestnuts toasted."
The fourth one said, "I'll have pumpkin pie."
The fifth one said, "Oh, cranberries I spy."
But before they ate any turkey or dressing,
All of the Pilgrims said a Thanksgiving blessing.

~Submitted by Cindy


Mr. Turkey went for a walk
On a bright, sunshiny day.
And on the way he met Mr. Duck,
Gobble, Gobble . . .Quack, Quack.
And they both went on their way.

(children can take turns being turkey and duck, also fun for flannelboard)

~Submitted by Cindy

Five Little Pilgrims - sung to the tune of "Five Little Ducks"

Five little pilgrims sailing in a boat
(hold up five fingers)
Over the sea and water they float
(make wave motions with hands)
One little pilgrim said, "Land I see!"
(hold up one finger, then hold other hand above eyes as if searching)
They came to America to be free
(fold hands and bow head as if to pray).

Continue to repeat this song, subtracting the number of pilgrims as you go until there are no pilgrims left.

~Submitted by Traci in ND

A Thanksgiving Song - sung to "The Farmer in the Dell"

The pilgrim says thanks,
The pilgrim says thanks,
Hi Ho on Thanksgiving
The pilgrim says thanks.

The turkey says gobble,
The turkey says gobble,
Hi Ho on Thanksgiving
The turkey says gobble.

~Linda Blum

Smells Like Thanksgiving - sung to "Frere Jacques"

Smells like Thanksgiving, smells like Thanksgiving
Mmmm so good, mmmm so good
I can smell the turkey, I can smell the pies
Mmmm so good, mmmm so good.

~Jean Warren

I Am Thankful

I am thankful for pets.
I am thankful for school.
I am thankful when I
Can swim in a pool.

I am thankful for home,
And the food that I eat.
I am thankful for all
The new friends that I meet.

I am thankful for health,
And for my family.
I'm especially thankful
That I am just ME!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Turkey Dinner - sung to "Brother John"

Turkey Dinner, Turkey Dinner
Gather round, gather round
Who will eat the drumstick
Yummmy, yummy drumstick
All sit down, all sit down

Cornbread muffins, Chestnut stuffing
Punnin' pie, one foot high
All of us were thinner
Until we cam to dinner
Me-o-my, me-o-my

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Song for Thanksgiving - sung to "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"

Thank you, thank you, very much
For everything that I can touch.
Thanks a lot for nature's food.
And for when I'm feeling good.
Thank you, thank you very much.
For moms and dads and friends and such.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

I'm a little Indian Boy - sung to "I'm A Little Teapot"

I'm a little Indian on the go.
Here is my Arrow, here is my bow.
When I go a hunting, hear me shout
Bears and Buffalo better watch out!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Arts & Crafts

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Indian Corn

Today in preschool we made Indian corn and it turned out so cute. The kids absolutely loved it. I had a picture of corn with the husks down around the bottom of the cob. The students cut that out and then I glued it onto an orange paper that I had cut about 1/2 bigger all the way around the whole picture they had cut, so it was backed. I then spread glue all over the whole "cob of corn" and then We took cereal that looked like Rice Krispies, but they were colored--orange, purple, yellow, green (or use Fruity Pebbles) and poured this on top of the glue to look like the kernels and then shook off the excess. They turned out very cute. We had them laying on a table to dry and one of the kids told me it looked like we had a cornfield in our classroom.

~Submitted by Tricia

Apple Turkey

~Submitted by Tina

Turkey Table Decoration

We collect pine cones and stick feathers in between the petals of the cones and glue on the turkey head with a waddle in front. Then cut a base that looks like a heart and glue cone to it to make it look like feet. They can be used for table decorations on Thanksgiving.

~Submitted by Joy C in Iowa

Hand Turkey Thanksgiving Card

Trace child's hand and color brown body and colored feathers (fingers) Write in the card:
This isn't just a Turkey
As anyone can see,
I made it with my hand
Which is part of me.
It comes with lots of love
Especially to say,
I hope that you have a very

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Thanksgiving Characters

Toilet Paper Roll, Crayons, Glue, Construction Paper, Scissors

Cover roll with black paper. Cut a small circle, draw a face on it, and glue it onto the roll. Other things to add: arms, feet hair hat brim, apron, etc. You can also make Indians and turkeys this way.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Thanksgiving Art

Cut a turkey body out of brown construction paper and then glue this onto a large white paper. Put brown, yellow, red and orange paint onto paper plates. Have the children dip their hands into the paint and paint handprint turkey feathers for the tail. The more they layer their handprints the prettier to turkey.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Indian Drum

Oatmeal Box or any Can with Lid, Tape, Construction Paper, Rubber Bands, Crayons, Scissors

Cut a piece of construction paper to fit around the can. Draw "Indian" designs on it, and tape it onto the can. Cut 2 circles out of construction paper about an inch bigger than the lid. Put it over the top and bottom of the can, and use rubber bands to hold it on.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Corn Husk Activity

For an art activity, provide children with a cob shape cut from yellow construction paper. Cut husk shapes from green paper. The children can glue the husk leaves to the cob section. Then have them spread glue over the cob section and press on real corn kernels. Some children will be content to sprinkle the kernels on at random, while others will arrange them in a row. Both ways are fine.

~Submitted by Traci in ND

***We've done this but instead of using corn kernels, we've used crumpled tissue paper to resemble *Indian corn* (for which there is probably a PC name for nowadays that I'm not aware of! LOL)

~Submitted by Nan :)

Thank You Book

Construction Paper, Magazines, Stapler or Yarn, Glue, Crayons, Scissors

Fold paper or papers in half and staple fold or poke holes and tie them with yarn. Find pictures in magazines of things you are thankful for and glue them into the book.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Thanksgiving Cornucopia

Paper Grocery Bags, Magazines, Crayons, Glue, Scissors

Cut the paper bag so you can flatten it. Cut out the cornucopia cone shape, add a circle to the "open" end. Color it if desired. Cut out pictures of fruit from magazines and glue them onto the circle of the horn.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Totem Pole

Egg Cartons, Scrap Paper, Feathers, Beads, Ect, Crayons, Glue, Scissors

Cut egg cartons into 4 rows of 3 cups. Glue 2 sections together, back to back, to form the totem pole. Decorate as desired.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Tree of Thanks

2 Paper Grocery Bags, Construction Paper (fall Colors), Crayons, Markers, or Pencils, Glue, Scissors

Cut open the grocery bags so it lays flat. Cut out a tree trunk and branch shapes. Use colored paper and cut out leaf shapes. Have children write what they are thankful for on the leaves and hang them on the tree.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Indian Necklace

String fruit loops, Cheerios, or painted macaroni to make an Indian necklace.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

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