Thanksgiving Curriculum Ideas


Make a Holiday Recipe Book with your class. Ask the children to give you step by step instructions on how to prepare their favorite meals for the holidays. Copy them on cute clip are recipe cards and display or reproduce for their families to enjoy.


FRIENDSHIP TURKEYS – Cut out of wood a semi circle. Cut out of fun foam a turkey head, gobbler, beak, and eyes. (Wiggle eyes can be used also.) Paint the semi circle brown for the turkey body. Give each student in your class wooden ice cream spoons (The number of students in your class will determine how many spoons you will hand out). Have each student choose a color and paint all of his or her spoons that color. When they are dry, write with a permanent black marker that child’s name. When all the students have completed their spoons, have each one hand out one of their spoons to all of the other children in your class. Glue the spoons on the back of the brown semi circle to complete the colorful FRIENDSHIP turkey. The children will have a very special memory to keep forever. PLEASE NOTE: on a limited budget, this can also be done with construction paper. ENJOY…….


Pumpkin Pie! Cut a paper plate in fourths. Give each child a piece of the pie and have them paint or color the wide edge brown and the rest of it orange. dab a little paste in the middle and sprinkle with real nutmeg. Glue a fluffed up cotton ball in the center for the whipped cream! Wolahh! Pumpkin Pie!


Cut a paper cornucopia out of brown construction paper. have the children glue it onto a piece of large, colorful construction paper. then cut out pix of food from magazines and glue them onto the opening of the cornucopia.


Thanksgiving Centerpieces: Purchase small pumpkins (or apples will work). Using a large, blunt nail, help children hammer holes all around the top half of the pumpkin. Then allow children to select from a wide variety of silk flowers and greenery (in fall colors) that you have bought. Insert the plants into the nail holes. These make a beautiful centerpiece that lasts a long time.


PUMPKIN PIE PLAY DOUGH 51\2 CUPS FLOUR 2CUPS SALT 8TEASPOONS CREAM OF TARTAR 3\4 CUP OIL 1 CONTAINER (1 1\2 OUNCES) PUMPKIN PIE SPICE ORANGE FOOD COLORING (2 PARTS YELLOW, 1 PART RED) 4 CUPS WATER

MIX ALL OF THE INGREDIENTS TOGETHER. COOK AND STIR OVER MEDIUM HEAT UNTIL ALL LUMPS DISAPPEAR. KNEAD THE DOUGH ON A FLOURED SURFACE UNTIL IT IS SMOOTH. REMIND THEM THAT THESE GOODIES ONLY SMELL GOOD. NO TASTING PLEASE!

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