Thanksgiving Window Display- The Native American dolls were purchased from a craft store and the canoe from Plymouth Village, MA.

Bulletin Boards and Displays:

1.“We're Having a Gobbling Good Time in Kindergarten" and "Our Kindergarten Flock"- Decorate board with paper plate turkeys.

2.“Thankful Thoughts”- Children dictate what they are thankful for. Write on turkey feather and attach to large class turkey.

3. Native American Scene- Create Native Americans using brown paper bags,and mosaic tiles, beads, and feathers for dress details.Cut fringe in bottom of paper bags.Create wigwam by gluing tree branches on to butcher paper pattern. Glue blue glitter on to posterboard lake. Create canoes out of butcher paper.





           Children worked in small groups to make

           patterns on canoes by tracing pattern 

           blocks.The fishing poles are made out of

           twigs and yarn. In the top photo, the faces

           made directly on the bags and in the 2 bottom

           ones, circle patterns act as the heads.

4. "The Kindergarten Tribe"- Children draw Native American scenes on teepees using cray-pas.


5. "Turkeys in Disguise"-Families worked together to disguise turkeys so they wouldn't get eaten for Thanksgiving!



6. Plymoth Colony and Wampanog Village- create a replica using styrofoam bowls covered in torn paper and branches for wigwams and popsicle stick Pilgrim houses.Trees and the minature canow came from a craft store. 



Turkey Surprise by Peggy Archer

Clifford's Thanksgiving Visit by Norman Bridwell

A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting

Over the River and Through the Woods

by David Catrow

Happy Thanksgiving Biscuit! by Alyssa Satin Capulli

Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey by Joy Cowley

My First Thanksgiving by Tomie DePaolo

10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston

'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey

Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes

Pilgrim's First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern

Thanksgiving Day by Anne Rockwell

The Story of Thanksgiving

by Nancy J. Skarmeas

The Perfect Thanksgiving by Eileen Spinelli

Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks

by Margaret Sutherland

Giving Thanks: A Native American

Good Morning Message by Jake Swamp



 Poems and Songs:

“A Turkey

(“ Pop Goes the Weasel” tune)

A turkey is a funny bird,

His head goes  wobble, wobble.

And he knows just one word,

Gobble, gobble, gobble.


“I Eat Turkey

(“Frere Jacques” tune)

I eat turkey,

I eat turkey.

Yes, I do,

Yes, I do.

Turkey in my tummy,

Yummy, yummy, yummy.

Good for me,

Good for you.

*substitute turkey with other Thanksgiving food such as cranberry sauce, corn, and stuffing.


"Thank You"

("Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" tune)

"Thank you" are the words we say

Not just on Thanksgiving Day.

"Thank you" are two magic words.

Say them loud so they are heard.

"Thank you" are the words we say.

We give thanks in many ways!


"Turkey Trot"

("The Mulberry Bush" tune)

This is the way the turkey trots,

Turkey trots, turkey trots.

This is the way the turkey trots

On its way home.

*Students form a circle and act out underlined word. Substitute underlined word with walks, claps, and jumps.


"Thanksgiving Colors"

Orange is a pumpkin.

Yellow is the corn.

Brown is the turkey

With stuffing to adorn.

Red are the cranberries.

Green are the beans.

Five delicious colors-

In a feast of my dreams.




“We Are Thankful” Class Book- Each child dictates what he/she is thankful for and draws a picture of it.

Journals- "What is your favorite food to eat on Thanksgiving Day?"





1. Estimate how many feathers are in a ziplock bag.

2. Estimate how many candy corns are on a cornucopia pattern.



1. Native American headdresses using pattern blocks-Each child traces 2-3 blocks that have different shapes onto construction paper to form a pattern, cuts out, and glues on to headband. Attach paper feathers.

2. Create color patterns using feathers.


Color Recognition:

Turkey Color Game- Create a spinner with color words. Create a paper plate turkey and color feathers. Child spins spinner and adds color feather that spinners says.


Number Recognition:

1.Turkey Workmats- Make turkeys with numbers on their stomach. Laminate various color feathers. Children add feathers to each turkey to correspond to the number written on its stomach.

2. Cornucopia Workmats- Write numbers on several cornucopias and laminate. Children add plastic fruit to correspond to numbers written on cornucopias.



Solve problems using a laminated paper turkey and feathers as counters.




1.    Classroom tepee- Brace 4 wooden dowels against the inside circumferance of the hula hoop and rubberband their tops together. Have children paint pictographs on long brown paper. (I use mailing paper.) Wrap the painted paper around the dowels, stapling it where needed to form the teepee. Add paper logs and fire.



2.    Paper plate turkeys- Children color paper plates with markers and glue turkey head pattern on to paper tube. Staple tube to plate.

3.    Coffee Filter turkey- Children dye coffee filters with food coloring and water and then add a turkey head pattern.


4.    Paper Plate Native American or Pilgrim Faces

5.    Indian Corn- Children glue colored tissue paper squares or paper mosaic tiles to a corn pattern. Add poem:

            Colorful kernels look so bright-

           Red, yellow, orange, and white.

             Hang this up for all to see.

        Happy Thanksgiving to you from me.



6.    Handprint turkey- Paint child’s hand brown and each finger a different color. Make turkey handprint and attach the following poem:

This isn't just any turkey,

As anyone can see.

I made it with my hand,

Which is a part of me.

It comes with lots of love,

Especially to say,

I hope you have a very

Happy Thanksgiving Day!


7.    Paper Bag Pilgrim or Native American- Cut and glue head pattern on to paper bag. Draw features on face and add construction paper details such as hats.

8.    Grocery Bag Native American Vests- Cut holes for arms and head. Children paint bags.

9. Native American Necklaces- Children string dyed noodles.


10.   Texture Turkey- Each child decorates a feather with various art supplies. Glue on to large class turkey.

11. Native Americans in Canoe- Cut out heads, add facial features. Decorate canoe with oil pastel designs.

12. Paper plate dream catcher- Cut slits along edge of paper plate. Student colors plate and then pulls ribbon through slits. Glue on feathers.




1.  Examine Indian corn and gourds.

2.    “Our Favorite Thanksgiving Food” graph.

3. Make stuffing or cornbread for Thanksgiving feast.

4. Thanksgiving Food Classification- Lay 2 hula hoops on floor. Place "healthy" card in one hoop and "unhealthy" in the other hoops. Children place food picture cards (turkey, corn, green beans, pie, candy, soda) in correct hoop.

3. Homemade Cranberry Sauce-

    Place 1 bag of cranberries, 1 cup of water, 2 cups of sugar in pot. Heat and stir for 20 minutes. Yields 10 servings.




1. Pin the Tail on the Turkey

2. "Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Pie" (version of "Duck, Duck, Goose")- Seat students in a circle. Designate one child as the "pumpkin". That child walkes around circle, tapping each child on the head and saying "Pumpkin". When the child taps someone and says "Pie", that child jumps up and chases the Pumpkin around the circle, trying to catch him before he rerurns to his seat. If Pumpkin is caught, he goes in the "pie pan" in the middle of the circle until another Pumpkin is caught. If the Pie isn't caught, he becomes the Pumpkin for the next round.