All of these Thanksgiving activities for preschoolers and kindergartners can be done in your classroom or at home. Kids will have fun, learn and be ready for Thanksgiving!
It’s challenging to teach little kids an accurate version of our country’s upsetting history with Native Americans, so I generally opt to focus on turkeys, gratitude, and family feasts, with maybe a mention that the Native Americans were sad but they helped the Pilgrims, who were very thankful.
I’d love to hear how you handle this controversial topic in your classroom or with your own personal children. Meanwhile, enjoy these fun controversy-free Thanksgiving activities with your kiddos.
Fun Thanksgiving Activities
Letter recognition is FUN when there’s a spinner! This Thanksgiving resource in my store includes 3 differentiated letter and letter sound activities, including the sensory bin cards shown above. Students can work on easily confused lowercase letters or on letter sounds. Use these Thanksgiving activities for preschoolers or kindergartners (depending on your group) in centers, small groups, or as morning work.
Next, we created this turkey puppet to help us get ready for Thanksgiving. We played with it while reading the fun counting book 10 Fat Turkeys. Kindergarteners and preschoolers will love this playful combination!
My girls used their spinner art (ad) to create these adorable Turkey table place markers. These take a bit of assembly work but would be a lot of fun if you have another adult helping in your classroom.
These 3-D turkey crafts using coffee filters for the feathers would look cute on a bulletin board – or on the fridge at home. No two are the same, which leads to such fun and excitement to see the results!
Next up is this printable Thanksgiving placemat inspired by the sweet children’s book Bear Says Thanks. This is a great coloring page activity to send home for Thanksgiving break.
More Thanksgiving Ideas
Help kids draw a turkey with this adorable directed drawing freebie on Teachers Pay Teachers.
How cute is this Thanksgiving Bingo? Bingo is not only fun for the whole class, but it also helps strengthen important skills. Bingo can help children with classification and sorting, visual discrimination, and listening.
Turkey Trouble is one of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed books and this snack goes along with it perfectly. It’s not what you would think of when you hear Thanksgiving, but it is just right for this story!
I love this lesson idea based on The Little Red Hen. There are several more great Thanksgiving activities listed there too.
This printable set is a fun turkey and pie alphabet matching game. It is great for a literacy center or as a small group or individual activity!
Look how cute this turkey is! With a little help from an adult or older children, kids will be so proud of what they can make. These feathers actually move!
Emergent reader books are a great way to not only strengthen literacy skills but encourage children to enjoy reading and build their confidence! This turkey version will be extra exciting in November and helps with colors! Here is another really fun one!
Lots of kids love pattern blocks. Children will have fun with these building turkeys while strengthening fine motor skills and exploring shapes! You’ll definitely want to add this set of free printables to your list of Thanksgiving activities for preschoolers.
Holidays are the perfect time to do a little crafting! This construction paper turkey is simple enough for young children to make on their own. Even if they don’t quite follow directions it will turn out so cute!
Have you ever used chalk pastels? They have such bold colors and is an art medium that many children may not have used before! They make for perfect turkey feathers too!
Pony beads are the perfect size for helping little ones strengthen their finger muscles when they pick up the beads. You can use them to make these story inspired friendship bracelets for Thanksgiving.
You may also like this whole printable pack full of Thanksgiving-themed activities to help students work on skills like prewriting, counting and more!
These cute Thanksgiving writing prompts provide extra support for new writers by including a word bank – these are just right for Kindergarten.
If you’ve never done a turkey disguise with your kids, now is the time. It is so much fun to see how children use their imagination to create the best disguise for the turkey!
If you need an easy print and go Thanksgiving activity for kindergartners, this cute color words worksheet is perfect. Or, if you’re looking to reinforce math skills, print off this fun roll the dice turkey game.
This simple shape turkey activity is a great way for children to explore and remember shapes.
Sometimes asking children questions like these Thanksgiving Ice Breaker Questions can lead to finding out so much more about a child. It’s also an opportunity to develop their language skills.