Thanksgiving is just around the corner! I love this time of the year. I love Thanksgiving and the focus it gives me on friends, family, and ALL the blessings I have. Today for preschool, I used one of my favorite Thanksgiving books and wanted to keep it simple. I love it that the kids just love to play. They learn through play and interact through play. We didn’t get all of this done, but here are several ideas for a …
“Thank You, Thanksgiving Day”
- Read “Thank You, Thanksgiving” by David Milgrim … available here.
- Easily one of my favorite Thanksgiving books. This little girl takes a walk to the store for whipped cream for the Thanksgiving pie. All along the way, she notices the little things … “thank you, park” “thank you, pretty clouds” “thank you, hill” (as she sleds down), “thank you, mixer” and “thank you, pie with whipped cream!”
- How to say “Thank you”
- Teach the kids a few ways to say “thank you” in different languages.
- Have them practice saying it with you:
- English = thank you
- Spanish = gracias (grah-see-us)
- Hawaiian = mahalo (muh-ha-low)
- French = merci (mahr-see)
- German = (dahn-kuh)
- Japanese = (ah-ree-gah-to)
- Portuguese = obrigado (oh-bree-gah-doh)
- Here’s a great link to several languages!
- Make a colorful thankful turkey … these turned out cute!
- Collect several colorful paint swatches from a store like Home Depot or Lowes.
- Cut out a simple turkey feather shape from each swatch.
- Make a simple turkey face! … Cut a round circle from brown paper. Add 2 googly eyes and a triangle beak.
- Punch a hole near the bottom center of the turkey head.
- Write “I am THANKFUL for …” along the top of the turkey head.
- Let the kids pick out several feathers (the more the better!)
- Attach the feathers to the turkey with a metal brad.
- Play with Pumpkin Playdough … I have to admit, this was my first time making homemade playdough and it was easy! It turned out great.
- It has pumpkin pie spice and vanilla extract. I actually had a head cold when I made this, so I couldn’t smell a thing. I kept having my husband smell it and tell me if it smelled pumpkiny enough. Today, I’m much better and sure enough, it smells great! Just remind the kids not to eat it
- We used little rolling pins, ABC cookie cutters and popsicle sticks to play.
- Thanksgiving ABC fishing game … my 4-year-old really enjoyed this game from Making Learning Fun (tons of great ideas!)
- Print out the ABC sheet above.
- Have the kids choose a letter tile (available here)
- Or we just used our ABC fish from another week’s activities.
- Have the kids name the letter, then choose a crayon and color the matching fish on their page.
- I loved this for my 4-year-old. It was a fun way to check and see which letters and sounds he knew.
- We also sang this letter sound song as he colored them in:
(to the tune of Farmer in the Dell)
The B says “buh.” The B says “buh”.
Every letter makes a sound.
The B says “buh!”
- Play with Floating Cranberries … this was a hit too.
- Fill the sink or a large tub with water.
- Place a towel on the table or floor and just realize it’s going to get a little wet I tried to be pretty easy-going about it, but we did have one “no splashing” rule.
- Dump in a bag (or two) of cranberries. Available in the produce section right now.
- Give the kids slotted spoons and tins with holes punched in the bottom.
- They had a great time and played and played.
- Pilgrims & Native American Coloring Page … also from Making Learning Fun.
- Print, color and cut out.
- Attach a popsicle stick and use to re-tell the Thanksgiving story!
- Or glue to a toilet paper tube and they will stand up on their own.
|Thanks for taking a picture Camie!|
Snack Idea: Mini Pies … since our book “Thank You, Thanksgiving” ends with “Thank you, pie with whipped cream!” we had mini pies for our treat. I didn’t take a single picture before they were eaten but they were bite-sized and yummy. Similar to the larger pies here.
- Use homemade or store-bought pie crust.
- Use a cup to cut circles in the crust.
- Press lightly into a mini muffin tin.
- Fill will pumpkin and apple pie filling, then bake.
- Or bake first, cool, then fill with chocolate pudding.