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Thanksgiving Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten

Today I’m sharing some Thanksgiving-themed activities for preschool and kindergarten. Let’s get started!

What can my child learn about Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is a great topic to study with our kids. From learning about why we celebrate this holiday to fostering an attitude of gratitude, a week of learning about Thanksgiving will be well worth the effort.

  • history of Thanksgiving
  • pilgrims and indians
  • harvest time
  • food and cooking
  • season of autumn
  • sharing and giving
  • gratitude
  • family and good relations
  • experiencing feelings of togetherness

Objectives for a preschool & Kindergarten Thanksgiving unit

  • Learn the history of the Thanksgiving holiday
  • Differentiate Thanksgiving then and now
  • Foster qualities of sharing, giving, and hospitality
  • Build preschool and kindergarten skills through Thanksgiving-themed music, crafts, activities, math, language, and imaginative play.
I am thankful fall emergent reader
I Am Thankful Fall Emergent Reader

Picture books about Thanksgiving

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Printable Thanksgiving Poem

l like to add a memory piece to our units. Here is our Thanksgiving poem download if you would like to add it to your Thanksgiving unit as well.

Printable Fall Thanksgiving Poem

Thanksgiving toy and prop ideas

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Thanksgiving activities pin

Music and videos about Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving craft ideas for kids

Printable Thanksgiving Placemats

Preschool Thanksgiving activities

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Printable Thanksgiving Conversation Cards

Thanksgiving Math activities

Thanksgiving literacy and writing activities

Printable Thanksgiving Emergent Readers

These printable, half-page emergent readers focus on sight word practice, as well as, word tracing, letter recognition, repetition, coloring, and reading complete sentences.

First thanksgiving helpers emergent reader
The First Thanksgiving Helpers Emergent Reader

Dramatic play ideas for preschool Thanksgiving unit

  • Pie making play dough station
  • Play kitchen for making Thanksgiving dinner
  • Setting the Thanksgiving table

Free Printable Thanksgiving unit study plan

For my homeschool moms and teacher friends, I’ve complied all these ideas into a printable resource. This unit builder includes everything in this post and also leaves room for you to add material lists and notes. 

Whether you are creating a Thanksgiving-themed lesson plan for preschool or kindergarten or just thinking of adding some Thanksgiving activities into your homeschool preschool unit later this year, this is a great printable resource to reference, with a lot of ideas to choose from!

Download the Thanksgiving Unit Study Plan 

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What would you add to a preschool unit about Thanksgiving?

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