Thanksgiving Activity Ideas For Preschool
For a bulletin board, I have a turkey head, body, and legs. I give each child a pattern of a feather to decorate and I let them cut it out. These are 3-year-olds who are learning to cut. The feathers look so cute with all the snips and cut off pieces. I put all the feathers around the body.
“Making Gravy”- In the water play tub, add plastic ladles, turkey basters, plastic gravy boats, measuring cups, etc. You could also color the water brown with the children. Let the fun begin as they stir, mix and pour the “gravy”.
I saw this once – another teacher had done it, I’ve copied it ever since!
Gather old ties, in various sizes and colors, staple them in a fan shape in the middle of your board, layering them to look like tail feathers, the more the better. Last, staple a turkey body with the head on to the ties. It’s pretty impressive when you finish up the board with other fall decorations, pumpkins, etc.
I draw a large turkey on white sheet paper, thus we have a colorless turkey, during circle time the children receive a feather, colors are called out and children glue on their feathers for a bright colored turkey. Children love this activity and are learning colors.
Hand and Feet Turkey Trace child’s 2 feet on brown paper. Cut out and glue at the heel so the feet fan at toes. Trace green, yellow, red, blue and orange handprints for the feathers. Cut out 3 orange prints and one of the others. Glue one orange hand on either side of turkey for wings. Fan the other five hands and glue them behind brown feet (turkey’s body) Add eyes, nose, feet, and waddle. Write the date on the back of the turkey to see how much the child has grown next Thanksgiving.
I got this idea from Mailbox. It is a bulletin board idea. Use a turkey body and face and make his feather out of your children’s feet and hands. Two hands and one foot for each feather. Paint each hand in paint and put on brown paper ( like brown grocery bags ) and do the same with one foot. arrange each “feather” around the turkey body.
In celebration of November and Thanksgiving, we filled our sensory table with several types of Dried Beans, split peas, Squirrel food, and all kinds of funnels and measuring items. The Squirrel food comes with dried corn actually on the cob, and the kids love picking it off and adding it to the table. When the cobs are empty we use them for corn cob painting. This is a great activity, and the table is clear so it looks quite nice in the classroom!
Instead of having your children decorate feathers for a bulletin board cut out the feather shape and send it home for the children to decorate with their parents. This way, you get a wide range of designs.
Make A Thankfulness Bag.
Get a brown paper lunch bag. On the front, make a picture of a turkey holding a sign that says “Made by:” with a spot for the child’s name.
On the inside are 2 pieces of paper. One says:
Thank you for your loving care And the kindness that you share, For helping me to learn and grow, And showing me all that you know. That’s why I just want to say, “THANK YOU” in the biggest way!
On the second sheet is:
Thankfulness Bag Ingredients 1. A rubber band – to keep our hearts tied together always 2. A candy kiss – to say thank you for all your love. 3. A penny – to say thank you for sharing my thoughts and letting me know they are important to you. 4. A warm fuzzy (small piece of furry fabric) – to make you feel good when you are sad, like you always do for me. 5. An adhesive bandage – to say thank you for all the times you make my hurts feel better. 6. A facial tissue – to say thank you for all the times you dry my tears. 7. A piece of Lifesavers candy – a circle to show that my love for you will never end.
Have all these items on hand for the children to put in their thankfulness bags
During Thanksgiving I put a cornucopia on my bulletin board and I bring in the theme about the Fruits of the Spirit. ( Found in Galatians) At the end of the cornucopia, I have fruits that I copied on different color paper or have the children color them and then write on each fruit what they are thankful for. On the cornucopia itself, I write the Fruits of the Spirit. Its a great way for kids to remember what they are thankful for.