Thanksgiving Activities, Art and History for Children

November 13, 2012

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With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, we have a few resources, learning activities and some just-for-fun activities to share . . .

Have you read Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick? This book has taken me way beyond my knowledge of the stereotypical story of the Pilgrims and their first Thanksgiving with the Indians. Philbrick has written a totally fascinating book about the voyage of the Mayflower and the history of Plymouth Colony. Based on the reviews I had read, I was expecting more of a “story” book. While the book is not what I was expecting by reading the reviews, it is thoroughly entertaining! There are two versions of this book. The first was written for adults and then a second adaptation was written for ages 10 and up. I have read from both versions and both are equally informative.

Thanksgiving Turkey disguise

Tom the Turkey Disguises

Ms. Trisha’s preschool class is helping Tom the Turkey hide this Thanksgiving!l Do you have any ideas for disguises?

Thanksgiving Turkey disguise

These preschool children were full of ideas!

  • Each child took home a simple black outline of a turkey.
  • The child’s family was invited to join in on the decorating fun.
  • What a fun family Thanksgiving activity.

Giving Thanks this Thanksgiving with The Giving Tree

  • After reading Thanksgiving books and The Giving Tree, the children brainstormed things for which they and the pilgrims both have to be thankful.

Step-by-step directions with photos for creating Thanksgiving Trees

Thanksgiving journal entry

Thanksgiving Journal Entry: I am thankful for ___________

  • This year we did a lesson similar to the Giving Thanks with the Giving Tree activity.
  • We did a brainstorming activity.
  • Then each child did a simple journal entry.

Thanksgiving journal entry

Thanksgiving journal entry, Miss Enigma, kindergarten

Interactive Journal Entry

  • Since Miss Enigma is a emergent writer, I often do interactive writing with her.
  • She writes the parts she can and I write the tricky parts. It’s team work.

Thanksgiving journal entry

Thanksgiving Journal Entry, MacGyver, age 9

Double Entry Journal Entry

  • MacGyver folded his paper in half. On the first side he wrote the things he is thankful for and on the opposite side he wrote why these things are important to him.
  • I am teaching MacGyver a variety of ways to brainstorm and outline his thoughts.

I especially like lessons like these that apply across a wide range of ages!

Books and Links for Teaching Children About the Real Story of Thanksgiving

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Julie November 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm

That robot turkey would go over great with my Little Mister! These are so fabulous ideas! I would love for you to add this, and any other of your great posts to my weekly Mom’s Library Link-Up.

Thanks and be blessed,
Julie @ Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk

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