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Fun Thanksgiving Activities for Preschoolers

Thanksgiving is an excellent time to remind our kids how much God has blessed us with. As you get ready for the holiday, preschoolers will love helping you with all the baking, but as a homeschool family, Thanksgiving can be so much more than Thanksgiving dinner.

There are so many fun Thanksgiving activities for preschoolers, books for preschoolers, and arts and craft projects.

There are things to do as a family like getting out and exploring nature together as you relate things to the lifestyles of the Pilgrims and Indians. As you share stories and activities with your child, spend time talking about what they are thankful for.

Thanksgiving decorations

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Thanksgiving Activities For Preschoolers

1. Build a Turkey

A strainer with a turkey head taped to it and feathers in the strainer holes.

Print out the turkey head (pdf file below). Tape it to a stainer ( We got these from the Dollar Tree). Preschoolers can add feathers in several ways:

  • Practice fine motor skills by trying to get the feathers into the holes.
  • Sort and put in one or two colors.
  • Counting Game (for more than one person). Each person starts with the same number of feathers. Taking turns they draw a number (or roll a dice) and place that many feathers into the strainer. The first one out of feathers is the winner.

2. Bake a Pie

Libby’s pumpkin pie mix has a great recipe right on the can.

3. Start a Thankful Pumpkin

Start a new tradition. At the beginning of November, start a Thankful Pumpkin. Starting at the top, write what each person is thankful for and write things they are thankful for.

4. Make Butter and Whipped Cream

Children will love making butter and /or whipped cream for Thanksgiving dinner. Instructions can be found on the Farm Activities for Preschoolers post.

5. Enjoy a Family Night Star Gazing

Spend the evening as a family looking up at the stars. Talk about how David, as a shepherd, spent time under the stars thinking and singing songs (Psalms) about how thankful he was and wonderful God was.

6. Watch Veggie Tale’s Madame Blueberry

This is a fun Veggie Tale movie about Madame Blueberry, who has everything but still isn’t happy until she learns to be grateful for what she has.

Thanksgiving Preschool Books

Here are some wonderful Thanksgiving stories for preschoolers that you can share with your little one.

Thanksgiving Arts and Craft Ideas

1. Turkey Hand and Shoeprint

A turkey craft made from a shoe print and handprints.

Trace your child’s shoe on brown construction paper. Using brown paint, make handprints around the shoe print to look like feathers. Draw or add wiggle eyes, an orange beak, and a red waddle and legs.

2. Turkey Handprint with Feathers

Handprint of a turkey with feathers

Make a brown paint handprint. Then add feathers, a wiggle eye, an orange beak, and a red waddle.

3. Indian Shirt

brown dyed shirt with fringe cut to be an Indian outfit.

Dye a t-shirt brown and cut fringe. If the shirt is long, enough girls can wear it as a dress. I have also used a pillowcase for this project.

Older preschoolers can and beads.

For a headband, cut a strip of brown construction paper or a paper bag. Add a feather or two.

4. Foam Turkey Craft

Craft kits like this come with everything you need to make cute decorations for Thanksgiving. I usually buy mine from Hobby Lobby (every other week, they are on sale). But you can find them from places like Hobby Lobby or Oriental Trade.

A foam turkey craft

Things to Do as a Family Outdoors

Look for outdoor activities in your area. I’ve listed some to get you started. Some of them depend on what the weather is like in your area in the fall.

1. Native American Pow-wow

Native American Indian Pow-Wow

See if there is a Native American Pow-wow in your area. Click HERE to see a calendar for the United States and Canada.

2. Visit a Farm

See Farm Activities for Preschoolers for more farm-related ideas.

3. Take a nature walk in the woods

Kids climbing a rock
  • explore
  • look for animal tracks
  • try to walk without anyone hearing your footsteps

4. Go camping and Star Gazing

Family camping and a second picture of a night sky

If you can’t go camping this time of year in your area, then camp out in the living room in the basement. While camping is a lot of fun, it’s a great time to point out some of the things God has blessed us with that we miss if we had to camp all the time.

Camping is a great time to do some stargazing. You can talk about how David, as a shepherd, loved to lay out under the stars and think and sing about how good God is.

5. Take a Canoe Trip

A family canoeing

6. Help Someone

A little boy helping his Grandpa dig a hole

Let your child help an elderly friend or family member. Or look for something you can do as a family to help those in need in your area. Usually, churches are doing something this time of year. Let your little be as involved as possible.

Thanksgiving Preschool Songs on Spotify

Click below to access my collection of favorite Thanksgiving Preschool Songs on Spotify.

Thanksgiving preschool songs on Spotify - link to Spotify playlist

Looking for More Ideas?

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Happy Thanksgiving cornucopia and a cartoon boy with a slice of pie

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours. God Bless!

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