Thanksgiving Activities for Kindergarten
There are so many fun Thanksgiving Activities for Kindergarten you can do to help learn, enjoy and celebrate Thanksgiving with the little people in your life. You may even sneak in some learning and reading comprehension.... Here are my favorite Thanksgiving Activities for Kindergarten
- Read the Book, Pete the Cat, The First Thanksgiving - This book is a great learning tool! Pete the Cat is a Pilgrim on the Mayflower. It is a little "history lesson" wrapped in a Pete the Cat book!
- Watch the movie, Squanto and the First Thanksgiving - Another fun learning tool that also provides a history lesson. This is a "calming" movie - someone reads a book, showing the illustrations to bring it alive. This is also not a lighthearted story - it talks about slavery, etc. It does not "sugar coat" the First Thanksgiving experience.
- Have a potluck Thanksgiving feast! You could do this on a big scale, or a small one - where students taste test cranberries, or pumpkin!
- Act out The First Thanksgiving. Like Pete the Cat does in his First Thanksgiving book.
- Make a Paper Plate Turkey Craft
- Make a Pete the Cat Pilgrim craft
- Read another Thanksgiving Book for Children
- Make some Thanksgiving Slime
- Make some Autumn Play Dough
- Have the kids make an easy kid made gift for a loved one.
- Make Thanksgiving Cards
- Disguise a Turkey! Read Turkey Trouble or How to Catch a Turkey. Then Disguise a Turkey!
- Decorate Thanksgiving Cookies - (As a teacher I would often go to the local bakery or grocery store and ask for "plain" cookies... then I would buy frosting and frost them with my kids
- Read and sing There was an old lady who swallowed a Turkey and make an Old Lady Craft
- Play Turkey Bowling
- Play Beginning Sound Thanksgiving Bingo
- Do fun Thanksgiving Literacy Activities for Kindergarten
- Make a cute Thanksgiving Plate craft
- Roll a Turkey
- Make Cranberry structures for a STEM activity
- Do some Thanksgiving Yoga
- Play Gratitude Pick up Sticks
- Play this Skittles Gratitude Game
- Make a pumpkin volcano
- Make homemade butter - I remember doing this as a child! It takes a class to shake and shake the glass!
- Do some Thanksgiving writing prompts
- Play count the feathers on the turkey.
- Dissect a pumpkin and count the seeds
- Make pumpkin pies for the homeless shelter (we do this at our school).
- Talk about Thanksgiving family traditions
- Help children practice writing names by making place-cards for their family
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Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading, Mrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets and Parents Magazine online. Over the last 8 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.