Free Downloads & Activities for Thanksgiving

Friday, November 19, 2010

Lots of Thanksgiving Printables to share today:
Some are activities for the little ones, some are decor for your house, and others are songs/activity ideas.
I hope you enjoy!

Thanksgiving letter/sound matching from Prekinders.
Pdf files with the objects, and the letters.
A blank turkey template is also provided if you want to create your own matching activity with lowercase letters, creating numeral counters, etc.
From Montessori for Everyone, Fall Matching cards.
Print two sets of these pictures on paper or cardstock.
Laminate and cut cards apart.
Child can use them face-up for matching, or face-down for a memory game.

Your child will sort the Thanksgiving nouns into the categories of person, place, or thing.

Printable Roll-A-Turkey numbers game from Little Giraffes.
Take turns rolling a die. First one to finish drawing a turkey is the winner.

Child will practice color matching AND buttoning skills in this super-cool felt turkey activity.
{photo from the blog post}

Using pipecleaners and beads, childen can create their own bracelet that helps them remember how to retell the Thanksgiving story.
{Photo via My Montessori Journey}

Uppercase and lowercase matching (on turkey templates) from ABCteach.
Also from abcteach are Thanksgiving word wall words.
These can be used for a word wall, or laminated and used for matching with your moveable alphabet or magnetic letters.

Free printable "Give Thanks" bunting from At Second Street.
{Photo via At Second Street}

Bird Crafts brings you a free printable Thanksgiving decoration kit, including place cards and thank-you cards. {Photo from Bird Crafts}

{Photo from Bunch of Craft}

{Photo via Craftily Every After}

A wonderful document on leaf studies from Kelli Dantin I saw on Motherwell Montessori.
Covers shape, type, edges, etc.  You can make it into a book, or make 3-part cards out of it.

Download and print this great Thanksgiving Party Package from DimplePrints.
Too much stuff included to list.  Really.

Make Pumpkin Pie Playdough with this recipe from Haute Plates.
{Photo via Haute Plates}


1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup water
Food coloring (we used 6 drops of red and 15 drops of yellow)

Combine the dry ingredients in a nonstick saucepan.
Add the oil, water, and food coloring and whisk until smooth.
Stirring constantly with a rubber spatula, cook the mixture over medium heat until it forms a ball, about 3 to 4 minutes.
Turn the dough onto a counter, let it cool slightly, then knead the dough until it has a smooth texture, about 1 minute.
The dough will keep up to a week in a ziplock bag.

Another great Thanksgiving Bunting from Leslie's Life.
{Photo from blog posting}
A great Thanksgiving Kit from Paper Glitter.
{Photo via Paper Glitter}
Frame it for agreat, sophisticated holiday decoration!
{Photo via Craftily Ever After}
Pilgrim Hats & Bonnets from Martha Stewart.
{photo via}

Great Lunch Notes to include with your child's lunch on Thanksgiving week.
Print, color, & laminate.
Other Thanksgiving activity ideas:
Use corn kernels as counters or for a spooning activity
(monitor children with corn kernels to prevent choking)

Create a gratitude jar.  It can be held in a jar or other decorated/designated container.  Provide slips of paper and a writing utensil available on a tray with the jar in a place the child can access.  Throughout the week, when the child (or other member of the family) thinks of something they are grateful for, they write it on a slip of paper and put it in the jar.  The jar is opened and read at Thanksgiving dinner.

Another version of this is to create a gratitude tree: find a tree branch (or create one by wrapping a tree cut-out around a paper towel roll and attaching to a base).  The grateful writings are completed on individual leaves, which are attached to tree either by hanging them on the branches or gluing them to the tree.  The tree can be used as a centerpiece for Thanksgiving dinner.
Bo Bunny has a great example of a Gratitude Tree and a template to create it!

Make a sensory tub using corn kernels, dried beans, acorns, pinecones, feathers, thanksgiving/fall-colored beads, leaves, pumpkin seeds, and anything else you can think of that would fit into the theme.
Children can touch with their hands, and also use scoops or spoons to explore.

Tweezing: Place a bowl, a dried cob of corn or Indian corn, and a pair of tweezers on a tray or mat.  The child will use the tweezers to individually pluck the kernels of corn off the cob and place them into the bowl.

Acorn Sorting:
Paint the top (hat) or the bottom of the acorns in various colors.
Purchase small wooden bowls/cups/boxes at a craft store to paint, or use a color sticker on a bowl or cup you already have to coordinate with the colors you painted on the top of the acorns.
Child will match the acorn to the correct container.
The child can also use the painted acorns for matching to other like colored objects (color sorting), or placing on the appropriate slot on a color wheel, or for transferring one at a time into spots in a muffin tin.

Use this leaf template to color or paint many leaves, then string them together to make a leaf garland.
You can also make several of each kind of leaf and have the child sort them into like leaf piles either by color or shape.  You could do this with real leaves if you have access to several different varieties around your neighborhood.

Napkin Folding:
Practice different ways to fold a napkin in preparation for setting the table on Thanksgiving.
Provide a cloth or paper napkin that will be used for dinner on Thanksgiving for the child to practice with.
Here is a turkey napkin fold as well.

Thanksgiving songs:
My Turkey
I have a turkey, big and fat
He spreads his wings, (Fan hands at hips)
And walks like that (Strut)
His daily corn he would not miss (Pretend to eat corn)
And when he walks, he sounds like this, ('Gobble, Gobble, Gobble')

Six Little Turkeys
(Tune of Six Little Ducks)

Six little turkeys that I once knew,
Fat ones, skinny ones there were too.
But the one little turkey with the funny red wattle,
He led the others with his gobble, gobble, gobble.
Gobble, gobble, gobble,
Gobble, gobble, gobble.
He led the others with his gobble, gobble, gobble.

Over the rocks and through the trees,
Turkeys wobbling in the breeze.
But the one little turkey with the funny red wattle,
He led the others with his gobble, gobble, gobble.
Gobble, gobble, gobble,
Gobble, gobble, gobble.
He led the others with his gobble, gobble, gobble.

by Ivy Eastwick
Thank You for all my hands can hold-
Apples red and melons gold,
Yellow corn, both ripe and sweet,
Peas and beans, so good to eat!

Thank You for all my eyes can see-
Lovely sunlight, field and tree,
White cloud-boats in sea-deep sky,
Soaring bird and butterfly.

Thank You for all my ears can hear-
Birds' song echoing far and near,
Songs of little stream, big sea,
Cricket, bullfrog, duck and bee!

Oooh, and FYI, Starbucks is having a great deal of BOGO on November 18-21 from 2-5 PM!


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