The following is a post from contributing writer Dianna Kennedy.
Thanksgiving offers such an amazing array of learning opportunities, even for your youngest children. You can study our nation’s history with the Pilgrams, the culture of Native Americans, the fall season, turkeys and so much more! Check out this mega-list of Thanksgiving books, crafts, printables, and recipes for your preschool or kindergarten children.
Start the little ones off with this classic from Tomie dePaola. The beautiful illustrations and simple verse will enchant your preschooler.
After the story, serve up this cornucopia treat.
Most of us know this Lydia Marie Child classic song from childhood, but this picture book takes a different twist! Follow Mama, Papa and Baby Turkey as they embark on their Thanksgiving travels. There may be a few surprises along the way!
Grab your cardstock and an inkpad to create your own fingerprint turkey craft. These would be wonderful cards to send to family members.
Another twist on a classic is sure to make your children laugh! Find out what happens when the children visit a turkey farm filled with eight exuberant turkeys.
Get ready for some messy fun with this coffee filter turkey – you’re sure to have the supplies already on hand.
The beautiful illustrations in this book follow the Pilgrims on their Mayflower voyage across the sea through their celebratory feast after surviving their first year in the New World.
Carlos the French Bulldog takes a trip to New York City’s Grand Central Station on Thanksgiving Day. My children loved the eye popping illustrations in this story.
A bedraggled hen that ends up being a turkey? You and your children will giggle at this story of Lance, the most conceited bird in the hen yard, who gets invited to the Big House for a feast.
Sing along with folk artist Jim Arnosky’s tale of turkey tidbits. There’s an original song that goes along with the book!
Even musically challenged parents like myself can teach children this sweet Thanksgiving song, courtesy of Make and Takes.
Can Thanksgiving be perfect, even if the turkey burns? Of course! Check out this sweet story of families who are very opposite with your young children.
This button turkey is a wonderful way to practice fine motor skills.
This alphabet book explores the lore and history behind our Thanksgiving holiday, one letter at a time.
These village people (Indian and Pilgrims) can be made out of your recycled cardboard tubes stash! Make an adorable craft while going green!
In order to be in the Thanksgiving parade, Noodles has to wear a turkey costume.He’s NOT HAPPY! Find out what happens in this story for young readers.
Save your old cereal boxes, so that you can make these adorable recycled turkeys.
The whimsical art and simple rhymes found in this board book will help reinforce gratitude in even the youngest children.
Wrap up your Thanksgiving learning by making this adorable keepsake. You might want to make extra handprint turkeys to share with extended family.
Looking for more resources? Don’t miss my Thanksgiving Pinterest board, along with this Thanksgiving unit study for preschoolers and kindergarten students. You’ll want to check out these Thanksgiving books for children as well.
Did I miss a book or craft that you love? Be sure to share your favorites in the comment section!
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