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8 Fun Thanksgiving Activities for Kids
Let’s take a moment to be grateful for Thanksgiving activities that are fun for kids. Whether you’re an early childhood educator, or a parent looking for printable Thanksgiving activities to do at home, you’ve come to the right place.
Today, I’m going to share fun Thanksgiving activities that you can print and do today with your kiddos. You’ll find favorite math centers, writing centers, word work, Thanksgiving games, poetry center, and the highly sought-after turkey handprint poem.
Thanksgiving Activities for Kindergarteners
1. Thanksgiving Words: Making Words November
Build vocabulary and foundational reading skills for November themes with these Making Words printable worksheets and illustrated vocabulary cards. Students learn new Thanksgiving words, cut and paste letter tiles to build the November words, write the word, and draw a Thanksgiving picture. If you have a kiddos that are doing well with copying words, you can easily modify these worksheets to challenge them. Rather than copying the word, have them write a sentence using the new Thanksgiving words in it.
I love that you can use these November word cards on a word wall, in a writing center, as flash cards, or with pocket chart activities.
Thanksgiving Words Included:
Get Making Words: November, HERE.
2. Write and Read the Room – Vocabulary Words
Write and Read the Room is an interactive Thanksgiving writing activity perfect for at home or in the classroom.
Your kids will build vocabulary words, and engage your in holiday writing – a must have for your Thanksgiving activities collection.
Leveled recording sheets and vocabulary words (picture cards) are included for differentiation. PreK, Kindergarten, and 1st grade students love to write and read the room.
Get your Thanksgiving Write the Room, HERE.
Simply choose a level, post the picture cards of the vocabulary words around the room. You’ll love how the kids become eager to record the words on their record sheet.
Great for your visual and kinesthetic learners. Write and Read the Room has been one of my daughter’s favorite learning activities to do at home since she was 4 years old. I tape the pictures all around the house and send her on, what she calls, a scavenger hunt.
If you are hosting Thanksgiving with kids and adults, this would be a great activity to keep the kids busy while the adults hang out and cook.
3. Turkey Facts: Thanksgiving Worksheets
Building sentences: Turkey Facts s a no-prep language arts writing center perfect for November words.
Printable worksheet activities reinforce non-fiction text, emergent reading and writing skills, concepts of print, sight words, punctuation, and illustrating to represent sentences.
Kids use word tiles to build 10 turkey facts: one sentence on each page.
When done with their Thanksgiving word work, they draw an turkey picture and write the sentence.
Best of all, these Thanksgiving worksheets are leveled. No need to try and find different work for the kiddos that need challenging work.
Get your Building Sentences Turkey Facts, HERE.
At Level worksheets include the sentence at the top of the page. Above Level worksheets do not have the sentences printed. The students identify the word tiles, and put the words in order to make a sentence on their own. Get these leveled Building Sentences Turkey Facts from my Teachers Pay Teachers store, or from my store through the link above.
4. Ted the Turkey: Thanksgiving Poem for Kids
Guys, this is one of my favorite Thanksgiving poems for kids! Ted the Turkey is perfect for Fall and Thanksgiving.
This November poetry center is the type of kindergarten reading station kids WANT to go back to over and over. After you display and recite the poem, the students become eager to build the poem using the word cards.
To get even more use out of the poem, change it up the following week by personalizing the poem with student names. They LOVE that! There are blank word cards included to make personalizing a breeze.
Grab your Ted the Turkey Build a Poem HERE.
5. Turkey Handprint Poem
This Turkey Handprint Poem is the perfect gift to send home for parents for Thanksgiving.
Simply paint the child’s palm brown, and the fingers colorful Fall colors, then press down on the paper below the poem.
Parents will LOVE this adorable turkey hand print!
Get this Turkey Handprint Poem HERE.
6. I Have Who Has: Thanksgiving Game
I Have, Who Has is a fun, chain-reaction, game to practice letter recognition. This Fall themed game includes 2 sets: CAPITAL and lowercase. I Have Who Has is great as a whole class game, in small groups, or as transition activities. To differentiate, you can work on letter recognition or letter sounds. Again, friends, I am here to help make it easy to differentiate in kindergarten.
Students quickly learn the pattern of this game, and get excited to call out their card. “I have _____, Who has____?” – reading the letters in large print, next to the colorful boy and girl superheroes. Kids can’t argue who goes first, and you don’t have to make that decision! A “go” and “stop” card are included.
Get your I Have Who Has Fall Alphabet HERE.
7. Thanksgiving Math Task Cards: Numbers 11-20
Thanksgiving is a fun holiday to incorporate math. These Thanksgiving Math Task Cards are the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving activities for kindergarten. I created these Thanksgiving math task cards to practice building counting and cardinality skills: counting number sets 11-20.
Students count “how many” objects on each card, and write the number on their recording sheet. There are many uses for these cards, including math centers, morning work activities, early finishers, home-school activity bags, SCOOT around the room activities, BUILD math, and assessments.
Get your Thanksgiving Math Task Cards HERE.
8. Thanksgiving Tens Frame Task Cards
Last, but not least, these Thanksgiving task cards: Tens-frames, Numbers to 20, actively engage the students in Counting and Cardinality and Number Operations in Base Ten standards. Students count “how many” Thanksgiving objects within the tens frames, and write the number on their recording sheet.
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