Thanksgiving Theme Lesson Plan for Preschoolers

by Carla on October 12, 2009

Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States on the 4th Thursday of November to commemorate a feast in 1621 that the Pilgrims shared with Native Americans. Thanksgiving is also celebrated in Canada on the second Monday in October in order to give thanks for a bountiful harvest.

Daycare providers can create a Thanksgiving lesson plan filled with fun, educational activities.  First provide children with a brief summary of the meaning of Thanksgiving.  It is appropriate to discuss the story of Thanksgiving and the spirit of thankfulness, along with the symbols associated with Thanksgiving with the children in your licensed home daycare.  The traditional Thanksgiving symbols include turkeys, pilgrims, Indian corn, autumn leaves, and cornucopia. Your Thanksgiving lesson plan should include activities in a variety of areas of development.

Thanksgiving Craft for Preschoolers

Salad Spinner Turkeys
Paper plates
Salad spinner
Brown Water based paint
Yellow water based paint
Orange water based paint
Light brown construction paper
Pipe cleaners in orange yellow and red

Place a paper plate inside of the salad spinner. Drop teaspoons of different colored paint inside the salad spinner. Replace the salad spinner lid and turn the handle of the spinner to create a pattern on the paper plate. Let the paper plate dry completely.  This will be the turkey’s “feathers”. Cut out the body of a turkey from brown construction paper. Using pipe cleaners, create a beak, waddle, and legs for the turkey. Attach the turkey’s body to the paper plate.

Thanksgiving Cognitive Activity for Preschoolers

Thanksgiving Matching Game
Cut out pairs of items from felt that symbolize Thanksgiving. This can be turkeys, corn, pilgrims, fruits and vegetables (harvest), pumpkins, ducks, autumn leaves or anything that represents Thanksgiving.   Place them randomly on a felt board, and then let children match the pairs of Thanksgiving items on the felt board.

Thanksgiving Circle Time Activity

Old Tom Turkey Flannel Board Activity*
Materials: Flannel board, Felt turkey, felt duck, felt hill

Flannel Board Story:

“Old Tom Turkey lived on a hill,
–gobble, gobble, gobble.
If he’s not gone, he lives there still,
–gobble, gobble, gobble.
A duck came by and said hello,
–quack, quack, quack
–gobble, gobble, gobble.
Goodbye now, friend, it’s time to go.
–quack, quack, quack
–gobble, gobble, gobble”.

Thanksgiving Cooking Activity for Preschoolers

Turkey Pin Wheels
Whole wheat tortillas
Cream cheese
Turkey slices
Shredded carrots

Let the children spread whole wheat tortilla with cream cheese and add turkey slices, shredded carrots, and cucumber. Next, roll the tortilla using stick toothpicks to hold the roll in place if necessary. Using a knife, cut the roll into 1-inch slices.  Arrange on a platter and serve.

*Old Tom Turkey Flannel Board story Adapted from Providers N Friends

About Carla

Carla Snuggs has written 88 post in this blog.

Carla is a freelance writer from Southern California. She has a B.A. in early childhood education and a Master of Library and Information Science degree specializing in public librarianship and youth services.

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