Preschool Thanksgiving Theme

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Thanksgiving Games

November Game - sung to "Muffin Man"

Give each child a Thanksgiving object such as corn, turkey feather, etc. As the item is named in the song, the children should respond as requested.

Oh, Do you have an ear of corn, an ear of corn, an ear of corn?
If you have an ear of corn, please stand up.
Oh, Do you have a turkey feather, a turkey feather, a turkey feather?
If you have a turkey feather, please stand up.
Oh, Do you have a pumpkin pie, a pumpkin pie, a pumpkin pie?
If you have a pumpkin pie, please stand up.
Oh, if you are very thankful, thankful, thankful?
If you are very thankful, please sit down!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Indian Bean Bag Toss

Use a cardboard box (the short boxes that a case of canned drinks come in work well) for the target. On the bottom of the box draw and decorate an Indian Tee Pee. Cut a hole out for the door large enough for the bean bag to go through.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Theme Ideas

I think you should be giving to people and God that we here on Earth and thanks for the things he has given you or other people.

~Submitted by Araceli, Port Isabel, TX

Bulletin Board Idea

Label board "Can you find my turkey?"

Using a paintbrush, put brown paint on the thumb and palm of child's hand. The other fingers should each be painted a different color. After the entire hand has been painted press the child's hand on a piece of white or beige construction paper. When the handprints dry, the children may draw on legs, eyes and a red wattle that hangs under the turkey's chin. Display the handprints on the wall or bulletin board.

~Submitted by Cindy

My favorite Wall Decor for Thanksgiving Day

Large circle (12-16" diameter) cut from grocery sack, wrinkled up over and over again and then flattened
Small circle (about 2.5-3 inch diameter) of brown construction paper, glued slightly above the center of bag circle
Yellow triangle, glued with the point down in the middle of small brown circle
Draw on two black eyes above yellow triangle, or cut two black circles (about 1/4-1/2 inch diameter) and glue on
Big red teardrop-shaped gobbler, pasted to one side or the other of the yellow triangle, slightly overlapping the triangle
Two big red feet shapes to glue on the bottom - can just be about four inches long (1/2 inch wide) rectangles or rectangles with red triangles glued to the bottom of rectangles

Have each child trace and decorate, provider too, each of their hands on different colored construction paper. Add squiggles, dots, lines, etc. with markers ... or add some glitter, colored glue drops, sequins, etc. Layer the hand shapes to make the tail feathers of the groups' turkey.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Short and Long Feathers - (This is an idea from "Year 'Round Activities For Four-Year-Old Children by Anthony and Kathleen Coletta)

Objectives: The children will place paper strips in order by size and then use them to decorate turkeys.

Materials: Six basic colors of construction paper, scissors, pre-cut turkey, glue

1. Cut strips of red, green, yellow, blue, orange, violet. Vary the length of each color so that the red strips are shorter than the orange ones, which are shorter than the yellow ones and so on.

2. Give each child one strip of each color and ask them to place them in order by size. Tell them to start with the smallest and go to the longest.

3. Have the children cut short slits along the sides of each strip to resemble feathers and then glue them however they want onto the turkey's back? You might want to have them examine some real feathers before they do this.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


During November we read the book "Three Little Indians" by Stuart. (Sorry the book is at school and I don't know the first name.) This is a rather long book so we usually read it over a period of 3 days. It tells the stories of three Indian children who live in different parts of the country.

We talk about the different types of homes that they lived in. We explain that some Indians lived in Teepees which were decorated with symbols that tell a story. We show the children a chart of some symbols and ask them to guess what they mean. Then we have a short rebus type story on a chart which we read together. The children are then given a large half-circle to decorate with some of their own symbols and to perhaps make up their own story. When they are done we make a cone out of the half-circle to create the teepee. Cut a little slit on one side of the bottom and fold up to create a door. Last year some of my children also drew and cut out Indian figures and glued them to the outside of their teepee.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

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Decorate for Thanksgiving

If you have Lincoln Logs make a log cabin. If you don't have Lincoln Logs use a cardboard box and decorate with markers or crayons to look like a log cabin. Add to your display: Use twigs for trees. Stick them in a small amount of clay to stand up. Make Indian Tee Pees out of construction paper. Draw Indian symbols with crayons on the construction paper and fold into a cone. Make campfires using small stones with small bits of red paper for the flames.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Dress Up Like Pilgrims & Indians

For Pilgrims: make black hats and white square collars out o construction paper.

For Indians: Make vests out of large brown paper grocery bags. Color Indian designs on them and cuts out holes on the sides for arms and a hole on top for the head. Cut the bag down the front for an opening. Make a headdress out of construction paper. Cut out a strip long enough to fit on the child's head when the ends are stapled. Staple or glue feathers cut out of construction paper to the headband.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Bulletin Board idea - Tom the Turkey

From brown construction paper cut out a large circle for a turkey body and a small circle for a head. Glue the small circle in the center of the large one. Add a yellow construction paper beal, a red wattle, black eyes, and 2 red legs. Trace around each child's hand. Use the tracing to cut hand shapes from red, yellow, and orange construction paper. Let the children decorate their hand shapes with crayons. Then have them glue their shapes around the top part of the turkey body for feathers. Then attach to the bulletin board.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Each November we do a Thanksgiving pen-pal exchange with another daycare in our area. One year we are the Indians and they are the Pilgrims and the following year we switch roles. Our pen-pal letter exchange always tells of some Thanksgiving history, such as, why the pilgrims left their land, how the Indians grow their food, and what life was like during that time. We print our letters on a piece of poster size butcher paper so they can hung on the wall for the children to view each day. The week of Thanksgiving we have our annual celebration in a traditional Thanksgiving style...the Pilgrims always visit the Indians and we exchange homemade gifts.

In conjunction with this activity, the Indians earn feathers to apply to a headdress and the Pilgrims earn "beads" (colored pasta noodles) to add to a necklace. Each feather and bead represent a specific age-appropriate accomplishment, ex. counting to 10, singing A, B, C's, colors, shapes, etc. The headdress and necklaces are worn at our annual celebration.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Preschool Thanksgiving Theme - Preschool Plan-It
Thanksgiving eCards - 123 Greetings
Online Thanksgiving Games - A Kid's Heart
Thanksgiving Theme - A to Z Teacher's Stuff
Thanksgiving Day at Alphabet Soup - Alphabet Soup
Pilgrim Hat Candy Cup - Bry-Back Manor
A Thanksgiving Story - Bry-Back Manor
Thanksgiving Activities - DLTK's Printable Crafts For Kids
Thanksgiving on the Net - Holidays on the Net
Thanksgiving Day Kids Crossword Puzzle - Sunnie Bunnie
Thanksgiving Art Projects - Preschool Education
Songs & Fingerplays - Preschool Education
Snacks & Cooking - Preschool Education
A Celebration of Thanksgiving - John E. Shepler
Thanksgiving Match/Memory Game - Emily's Holiday Haven
Happy Thanksgiving - The Holiday Spot
The First Thanksgiving - Scholastic
Thanksgiving Traditions & History -

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