Thanksgiving Curriculum Ideas

Turkey bulletin board.

Make a large turkey body out of brown wrapping paper with facial features. Send home a cardboard, cut-out feather with each child with a note explaining to decorate it as a family. Everyone will love the creative and unique effect of all the homemade feathers. Arrange the feathers behind the turkey body as they arrive. Some have cereal, candy corn, glitter, tissue paper, markers, etc.

Centerpieces: you will need a basket for each child along with a (foam squares used for flower arrangements), silk leaves or real leaves, small pine cones, acorns, and a candle to place in the middle. Have the kids put the foam in the center of the basket, place the candle in middle of the foam, stick the leaves, pine cones, and acorns in the foam and around the foam to fill in the basket. Once done you have a beautiful centerpiece for your Thanksgiving dinner. When the kids are finished they have the biggest smiles and since of accomplishment and the parents have a keep sake.

For a Thanksgiving Placemat, we use appropriate size paper so we can print both hands and have ample space. Let the children paint the background with pine branches, usually green paint and then when it dries or the next day, let them make handprints of your choice paint color for your theme. Between the handprints, or centered on the bottom I glue on this poem,” Sometimes you get discouraged, Because I am so small, And always leave my fingerprints, On furniture and walls. But every day I’m growing up, And soon I’ll be so tall, That all those little handprints, Will be so hard to recall. So here’s a special handprint, Just so that you can say, This is how my fingers looked when I placed them here today.”

During the month of November,my preschoolers learn about foods, as well as Thanksgiving. We cook many different kinds of foods, but most important we learn to set a table. To help learn this, we glue an actual setting (paper plate, plastic utensils, napkins) on paper and then paste foods on our plate that have been torn from a magazine.

Share an idea you have used in your classroom or at home that pertains to this theme.