Count Down to Thanksgiving Activities and Treats for Kids: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

November 19, 2013

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids: Eats, Treats, Crafts and Learning

Week at a Glance:

  • Book of the Week: The Mayflower and The Pilgrims’ New World by Nathaniel Philbrick
  • Thanksgiving History
  • Thanksgiving Activities, Art, Crafts and FREE printables
  • Thanksgiving Treats
  • Thanksgiving Books

 Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Book of the Week: The Mayflower and The Pilgrims’ New World by Nathaniel Philbrick

Why we love this book:

Nathaniel Philbrick has taken me way beyond my knowledge of the stereotypical story of the Pilgrims and their first Thanksgiving with the Native Americans. 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. Don’t worry if you are over the age of 10, there is plenty of information to glean from this book! And do not fret that the Thanksgiving Holiday is quickly passing. Any time of year is the right time of year to learn our American History. If you teach younger children, I recommend this books for you as well. While it may not be an appropriate read aloud, you will certainly enjoy it yourself. We’re never too old to learn!

Thanksgiving History

Pilgrims for children

Teaching Children the True Story of Thanksgiving : Books and Links


Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

The Mayflower . . . Compare and Contrast Activities from Widgets

 I Am Thankful Activities

Thanksgiving Tree

Giving Thanks with the Giving Tree


Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Thankful Fingerprint Tree from


Thanksgiving journal entry

“I Am Thankful” journal entry writing activity for the little ones.


Thanksgiving journal entry

“I Am Thankful” double entry journal writing activity for the big ones.


Thanksgiving FREE printables


Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Thanksgiving FREE Emergent Readers from


Thanksgiving: I Am Thankful Activities and FREE printables

“I Am Thankful” FREE printable book and poem template for the little ones.


Thanksgiving: I Am Thankful Activities and FREE printables

“I Am Thankful” Poem Template and Sample Lesson for the big ones.


Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

 Mayflower Hand Print for the little ones – image from pinterest

Thanksgiving Turkey disguise

Fun Tom Turkey Disguise Activity and Samples


Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Cereal Box Turkeys from

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Thanksgiving Spelling Stones from

Thanksgiving Eats and Treats – Cooking with Kids

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Pluckable Veggie Cups (including FREE turkey printable) from


Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Apple Turkey and Caramel Dip – image from pinterest


Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Fruit Cornucopia – image from pinterest


Enjoy devilish pumpkin muffins

Unbelievable 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Cupcakes! You MUST try this one!


Pumpkin Pancakes FREE printable recipe guides for children

Richly Delicious Yogurt Pumpkin Pancakes


Thanksgiving Trees

Next week we are going to dive into an entire week full of Thanksgiving Activities: Eat, Read, Learn, Play and be Thankful!

Let me know if you have any other ideas we might want to add to our Thanksgiving Week!

Life with Jeannine

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of The Mayflower and The Pilgrims’ New World by Nathaniel Philbrick

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Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

What are you doing to count down to Thanksgiving? Teaching, cooking, crafting, cleaning . . . ?  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, November 24, 2013

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, November 25, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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Julie (thegirlwhopaintedtrees) November 20, 2013 at 4:50 am

Thanksgiving was never such a big holiday to me; Canadians just put less emphasis on it than Americans, so when I moved to the States, I was a bit taken aback. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for giving thanks, but it just seems like we can do that everyday instead of focusing on it on a certain day. My kids are counting down days til November 30th and the start of Advent, rather than to Thanksgiving:)

tammy cordery November 20, 2013 at 12:45 pm

we do the turkey thing. read about the mayflower and the pilgrims.

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