25 Fun Thanksgiving School Activities for Children
Handprint turkeys and paper pilgrim hats are great, but once your kids have made them for a few years in a row, they want something new and different to do at their school Thanksgiving party. Here are some fresh ideas that’ll keep the kids interested and learning — in every school subject area.
A lot has happened in America since the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock in 1620. Help children understand the historical significance and how it relates to their lives today.
Thanksgiving is all about being grateful, so it’s the perfect time to emphasize giving thanks and giving back.
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The pilgrims might not have run a Turkey Day 5K, but that doesn’t mean kids can’t stay active around Thanksgiving — especially if they’re chowing down for the holiday.
Assigning children to think deeply about what they’re thankful for and express it in writing is a great exercise to get kids to open up. Plus, there are a number of books to pull from.
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Thanksgiving and the fall season are an inspirational time. Kids will be happy to roll up their sleeves and create some masterpieces.
Thanksgiving presents a surprising amount of ways to get kids thinking about math. After all, you think the pilgrims didn’t have to do some calculations on their way over to the New World?
Gather supplies for a classroom event or activity! SAMPLE
Thanksgiving is about food, and cooking, after all, is science. From growing plants to gorging on turkey, the holiday presents lessons for children.
Food & Fun
Don’t forget to have a good time this time of year. There are important lessons to learn, but there’s always time for some fun.
Thanksgiving is the perfect time for children to learn about American history and reflect on what matters to them. No matter what subject matter you’re trying to teach, there are valuable lessons kids can learn.
Jen Pilla Taylor is a former journalist and mother of two school-age children.
Posted by Erin Dunn
Posted by Louis Ortiz on Sat Nov 21, 2015 6:22 PM EST
A lot of great ideas! Thanks and I hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving!!!
Posted by Leslie Aldrich on Thu Nov 5, 2015 2:28 PM EST
these are great ideas!
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