Art Activities

Bead Necklaces 
Have the children make necklaces out of colored macaroni noodles and yarn. 

Turkey Headbands 
Have the children cut paper strips to make a headband out of. They make glue, staple or tape the headband together. Provide the children with feathers, glitter, sequins or other materials for them to decorate the headband with. You can write "Turkey Suzy" on the headband. 

Feather Painting 
Provide each child with a feather, paint and paper. Ask the children paint a picture using the feather as a paintbrush. 

Rock Painting 
Each child should have a small paintbrush, paint and a rock. Allow each child to paint their rock. 

Rock painting II 
Use water to paint the rock... have the children watch what happens. 

Hand Turkey 
Paint the palm of your child's hand brown, as well as their thumb. Then paint each of their fingers a different bright color such red or blue. Have the child press their hand onto a piece of white paper. For older children, let them draw on feet and characteristics such as eyes and nose. The thumb represents the turkey’s neck and the palm the body. 

Corn on Cob 
Allow the children to use a cob of corn to paint a picture. You may also use an ear of corn and have the children roll the corn in paint and then on a piece of paper. Another variation includes removing some of the corn from an ear of corn and roll the corn in paint and roll it on a piece of paper. 

Thankful Collage 
Have the children cut out pictures of magazines and make a collage. Then ask them what the pictures are and label the pictures with the names that they came up with. 

Native American Vests
Make and decorate vests from paper grocery bags. 

Plains Indian Headbands
Make headbands from strips of construction paper and feathers. Explain that not all Native American Indians wore feather headdresses. Also feather headbands were only worn on special ceremonial occasions. 

Teepees
You can show the children how to make teepees from paper by making the paper into a cone shape and taping it. Have the children decorate their teepees. You can explain to children that this was one of the many different housing that some Native American tribes lived in. Today, Native Americans live in houses and apartments. 

Thank You Cards
Have the children make thank you cards. Have the children give the card to someone special. 

Place mats
Have the children make a fall or Thanksgiving Place mat by coloring it, or cutting pictures out of a magazine. Then have an adult laminate them. 

Games, Math and Science

Popping popcorn 
What happens when you heat up corn kernels? Get an air popper and let the children watch the corn kernels pop. Be sure to let the children know that the container is hot. WARNING: Popcorn is a choking hazard and should never be served to children under the age of three. Children over the age of three should be directly supervised while eating popcorn. 

Turkey Feather Game 
Find a picture of a turkey that you like. Make six copies of it. Cut out the bodies of the turkeys (so you just have to add the feathers to make the turkey complete). Write the number "one" on the first turkey, two on another; repeat with the numbers three through six. Provide the children with twenty-one feather shapes, cut from construction paper or store bought craft feathers. Ask the children to place the appropriate number of feathers on each turkey. One feather on the turkey with the number one it... and so on. 

Feather Sorting 
Cut out several different feather shapes from construction paper or provide the children with store bought craft feathers (can be used the above activity as well). Ask the children to sort the feathers according to color. Ask the children "How many red feathers do you have?" etc. 

Bead Patterns 
Provide the children with beads for lacing and pattern cards. Do simple patterns for younger children, or just allow them to string the beads. For a twist, get noodles with holes in them and have the children string these. You can even color the noodles with food coloring. Just be sure that eh noodles are dry before the children start to string the noodles... food-coloring stains. 

Do the Turkey Pokey 
Sing the Hokey Pokey like normal, but then the last line goes as follows: "You do the Turkey Pokey and you gobble all around, that's what it's all about." 

Pin the Feather on the Turkey 
Played just like pin the tail on the donkey. Provide the children with a huge turkey shape, and feathers. You may want to use tape instead of pins to attach the feathers on the turkey. Blindfold one child and have them tape the feather on the turkey. 

Popcorn Pop 
Have the children watch popcorn pop. Have the children pretend to be popcorn. Upbeat music, or a recording of popping corn may stimulate the children to jump more. 

Bean Bag Toss 
Obtain a large piece of cardboard. A large, unfolded box works well. Draw a turkey on the cardboard with a large mouth. Paint the cardboard and cut out the mouth. When dry let the children throw beanbags through the hole. 

Feather or Turkey Hop 
Cut out large feather or turkey shapes from colored paper. Laminate them and cut them out. Place them on the floor and ask the children to hop from one feather or turkey to another. These may also be used at seat markers for group time.

Feather Games:
-Cut out feather shapes from different colors of paper. Give each child one feather. Ask the children to find one person with the same color feather. 
-Cut out feather shapes from different colors of paper. Cut the feather in half using a puzzle type cut, like zig zag or interlocking pieces. Give each child one half of a feather, and ask them to find the person with the other half. Or Give the children two pieces and have the children make a circle, with one child that has one match on one side and the other match on the other side. You may end up with 2 or more circles depending on how the feather pieces are distributed. 
-Cut out feather shapes from one color of paper. Cut the feather in half using a puzzle type cut, like zig zag or interlocking pieces. Give each child one half of a feather, and ask them to find the person with the other half. Or Give the children two pieces and have the children make a circle, with one child that has one match on one side and the other match on the other side. You may end up with 2 or more circles depending on how the feather pieces are distributed. 
-Cut the feather shapes from one color of paper. Label one set of feathers with numbers, i.e. if you have 20 children; label the feathers with the numbers one to ten. The other half, draw one dot on one, two on another, and so on until ten. Give each child one feather and have them find the child with their match. 
-Cut the feather shapes from one color of paper. Place matching stickers on two feather. Give each child one feather and have them find the child with their match. 
-Cut the feather shapes from one color of paper. Cut the feather in half using a puzzle type cut, like zig zag or interlocking pieces. Place matching stickers on each half of a feather. Give each child one feather half and have them find the child with their match. 
-Try all the above, but in a file folder format. Glue one part of the feather to the file folder and laminate it's match. 

Group Time 

Ten Fat Turkeys 
by chicky-ma-ma 
sung to "Ten little Indians" 
1 fat, 2 fat 3 fat turkeys,
4 fat, 5 fat, 6 fat turkeys 
7 fat, 8 fat 9 fat turkeys 
10 fat turkeys ready for Thanksgiving 

I am Thankful 
by chicky-ma-ma 
(sung to "Where is Thumbkin?" 
I am Thankful, I am Thankful 
Yes I am, Yes I am 
I am Thankful for my friends 
I am thankful for my kin 
Yes I am, Yes I am 
(Explain that kin is another word for family! ) 

Ten little Indians 
(You can replace "Indian" with "Pilgrim".)
1 little, 2 little 3 little Indians, 
4 little, 5 little, 6 little Indians, 
7 little, 8 little 9 little Indians, 
10 little Indian boys and girls. 

They jumped in a boat and the boat flipped over, 
They jumped in a boat and the boat flipped over, 
They jumped in a boat and the boat flipped over, 
10 little Indian boys and girls. 

They swam and they swam and they swam to their mother, 
They swam and they swam and they swam to their mother, 
They swam and they swam and they swam to their mother, 
10 little Indian boys and girls. 

She hugged them, kissed them, and sent them to bed,
She hugged them, kissed them, and sent them to bed, 
She hugged them, kissed them, and sent them to bed, 
10 little Indian boys and girls. 

Thanksgiving Cookbook
This activity is more than worth it's time in laughs. I have done it two years in a row and everyone laughs. Take the children aside one by one and ask them, "What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?" Then ask them "How do you make that?" Write down word for word their responses. You may find it helpful to videotape the responses so you can get it all down. Then compile all of the responses in your classroom recipe book. You may make copies for the parents to take home or make one copy so that the parents may enjoy it. If you do the video, you may want to just show the video at a Thanksgiving party for the parents. 
One of my favorite responses: 
Thanksgiving Turkey by Emily 
First you get in the car and go to the farm and get a turkey. You pick a big one. 

Dramatic Play

Indian Play 
Provide the children with Indian clothing, cradleboards, beaded necklaces, set up teepees and allow the children to pretend to be Indian. You may also choose to provide different animal skins for a sensory experience. 

Thanksgiving Day 
Pretend to have a feast just like Thanksgiving. Pretend to eat all the foods that you would have at Thanksgiving. 

Lincoln Logs 
Provide the children with Lincoln Logs to build with.

A special "Thank you" to Mrs. Tricia for submitting the pictures for these activities.



Turkey Feed- image submitted by Mrs. Tricia
Add different kinds of bird seeds to the sand and water table. Dried corn can also be added. Children can use a variety of tools with the seed like measuring cups, sifters, plastic shovels, etc.