Thanksgiving Curriculum Ideas


Fold a piece of construction paper in half. Have the child put his hand down on the paper, fingertips just touching the fold. Keeping their fingers closed, trace their hand. Cut out, but leave attached at the fold (usually just the middle and maybe forefinger are attached.) It looks like praying hands. I ask my kids what they’re thankful for and write it on the inside.


In preparation for our Thanksgiving Feast we talk about different foods we might eat like pumpkin pie. We then paint a large triangle with orange tempera paint and sprinkle on pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, etc. and glue on a cotton ball for whip cream.


For Thanksgiving we make a big turkey for the bulletin board. I then give each student a large feather shape, cut out of paper, then they either paint it or decorate it with collage items. Afterwards I ask them what are they thankful for and write it on their feather. The BB heading is “The Thankful Turkey”.


(found in mailbox magazine years ago) make a large round circle then use your (teachers) foot to make the turkey head and neck. glue or staple to large circle Have children trace there feet at least 4 times on different colored construction paper and cut out. This will be the turkeys feathers Curl the feathers out using a pencil (heal toward the body) Makes a very colorful thanksgiving bb


Enlarge a picture of a Turkey to hang on the wall. Send home a different colored feather with each child for them to decorate as they wish. Have the child bring back the feather and place them on the Turkey!

Some ideas to give to the parents to use for their feathers: a family or child’s photo, sequins, glitter, magazine cut outs, feathers, crayons, markers or paints, bows, etc.


We do a Friendship Soup at Thanksgiving time as we talk about how the Pilgrims and Indians worked together to celebrate their first year together. Each family in our class sign up for one thing to put in the soup (ie. potatoes, carrots, beans, barley). In the morning during group time, we put all of the ingredients in the crock pot and cook the soup while the children play and at snack time we eat the Friendship Soup that everyone helped make.

We have also made it a school project by getting all of the classes involved: Toddlers make butter, one class makes bread to put the butter on and another class makes the soup. Then we sit down together to eat our meal.

You can easily turn it into a family event and invite the parents at noon and have the tables decorated with the children’s art work.

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