As we leave October behind and enter the month of November, we can begin to see how quickly the holiday season is approaching. Do you remember when you first learned about Thanksgiving, the pilgrims, and of course, giving thanks, during your school years? It's a season of togetherness and warmth—with so much meaning. What makes this time of year even more special is when a teacher or parent can incorporate holiday-themed activities into kids’ days and engage them with seasonal learning.
With Thanksgiving around the corner, we’re setting the table with meaningful and fun activities for the classroom (or home!) that will inspire students to remember what they’re most grateful for.
Gobble Up These Classroom Craft Ideas From Chad, The Male Kindergarten Teacher
His first craft idea involves red and yellow paint, small “turkey body” cut-outs, glue/tape, and a Thanksgiving poem. Students will place their hands in the paint to make their own handprint on the poem page. Then, after it dries, have them glue or tape the turkey body over the handprint so the handprint looks like the turkey’s tail feathers. Feel free to use the poem he features:
“This isn’t just a turkey, as you can plainly 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!”
The second craft idea involves simple coffee filters, washable markers, and a spray bottle with water. Have students color on the filters with the markers, then help them spray the filters with water. Wait for them to dry. Then attach a turkey cut-out to the dried filter for a fun and adorable art project just waiting to be featured on their fridge at home—or your classroom bulletin board!
Follow Chad The Male Kindergarten Teacher on Instagram @malekindergartenteacher.
For more great ideas from creative teachers around the country, check out our Youtube playlist.
Decorate Your Space Just In Time For Turkey Day!
Shop our cornucopia of fall and Thanksgiving-themed products ready to inspire and motivate students throughout the season. From cute cut-outs like Fall Leaves, Leaves & Acorns, and Turkeys to Pumpkins Dazzle™ Stickers, Colored Leaves Scalloped Borders, and much more, we have tons of festive finds for your classroom.
Practice Gratitude With FREE Printables
Celebrate the start of the season of giving with fun activities for the classroom or home. From coloring pages and word scrambles to puzzles and more, there’s a printable perfect to accompany any Thanksgiving lesson plan.