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Thanksgiving Preschool Kids Activities


Fun and easy Thanksgiving Thankful DIYs, Turkey crafts, numeracy, and literacy preschool kids activities for PreK and kindergartners.

As Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, we are focusing on what we are thankful for, as well as crafting and creating with fun hands-on invitations to play and create preschool kids activities. November is also a fun “Turkey Season” so grab your recycled TPRs, scissors, and ‘gobble – gobble’ let’s make fun and easy Thankful DIY Turkey crafts!


Turkey Pom Pom Color-Match DIY

See HERE DIY-Turkey-Pom-Pom-Color-Sort


LANGUAGE Thanksgiving Preschool Kids Activities

DIY ABC Turkey Plate 

DIY ABC Turkey Plate

This DIY turkey recycled paper plate craft is a fun way to practice upper to lower case letter recognition. To make this DIY, I simply cut out a circle from brown felt and hot-glued it to the paper plate. Thereafter, add googly eyes and some details and your turkey is ready! Julia colored the “feathers” with tempera paints, and I wrote uppercase letters with a black Sharpie.

Next, I primed wooden clothespins with clear nail polish (just the part where I would write on so, that the color would not bleed). And using red and blue Sharpies I wrote vowels in blue and consonants in red (consistent with a Montessori Language curriculum). I thereafter offered Adrian to match lower to upper case letters, naming each letter and emphasizing on the sound it makes. During this activity, a child also exercises fine and gross motor skills while pinching the pegs. (p.s. You can write lower case letters on the pegs upside down so that once matched, they face the child.)

MATH Thanksgiving Preschool Kids Activities

Paper Turkey Craft Addition


Making math activities concrete and hands-on is at the core of the Montessori curriculum. Learning numeral to quantity association starts as early as at two years old when the child carries the numbers rods or is first exposed to golden beads. Themed unit studies are a lot of fun, and since Thanksgiving is approaching, I made this paper turkey craft to practice simple addition. Offer a child to punch the exact amount of ‘addends’ holes, then count the sum and write the answer in red Sharpie on a turkey’s tail. This activity also promotes fine and gross motor control as the little hands use a hole-puncher.

Thanksgiving Subtraction DIY

Thanksgiving Subtraction DIY
  See HERE Thanksgiving Inspired DIY Simple Subtraction Math Lesson


Turkey Thankful Candles Gifts

Turkey Thankful Candles Gifts
See HERE details on how to make these adorable Turkey Thankful Candles Gifts

Pipe Cleaners Paper Mache Turkey

Pipe Cleaners Paper Mache Turkey DIY
See HERE Pipe Cleaners Paper Mache Turkey DIY


PTR Thankful Tree DIY

See here Adrian’s Thankful Tree Thanksgiving Inspired DIY


Thankful TPR Turkey DIY

Here is a fun way to turn a recycled toilet paper roll into a Thankful Turkey craft!

– recycled TPR (toilet paper roll)
– colorful cardstock for feathers
– a glue stick
– googly eyes

INSTRUCTIONS: Invite your child to brainstorm about what s/he is thankful for. Such retrospect instills gratitude, appreciation, and selflessness! This busy time of the year can be over-focused on gifts rather than reflecting on what we already have! So, explaining to little ones the immeasurable value of things they might take for granted, like family, home, and friends, makes them feel PLENTIFUL rather than WANTFUL!

Please, always supervise your children while they are learning through play.

Thanksgiving Preschool Kids Activities

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I hope you enjoyed our Thanksgiving Preschool Kids Activities and Thankful DIY Turkey crafts. Please, check out HERE our entire Thanksgiving unit study as well as our learning space and Thanksgiving-themed books.

Find HERE Thanksgiving-Books-for-Kids

I hope you enjoyed our Thanksgiving Preschool Kids Activities!



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  • Reply Rossann December 3, 2019 at 6:06 am

    Hi Anya you got some great ideas. Im unsure what i do to entre comp

    • Reply Anya December 5, 2019 at 1:01 pm

      Thanks for your reply. Have you seen my Holiday Gift guide post? You would leave a comment there with which gift you would wish for more?

  • Reply kapil June 13, 2023 at 9:15 am

    I had such a wonderful time enjoying these paper plate crafts for Thanksgiving with my kids! It was a fantastic way to engage their creativity and get into the holiday spirit. Thank you for sharing these delightful craft ideas. We can’t wait to try more of your projects!


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