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Thanksgiving Activities: Easy as Pie, and Just as Sweet!

Pumpkin Pie Poem, Craft, and Fine Motor Task Box

Time is just zooming along and Thanksgiving is right around the corner! I wanted to share a few easy activities that are perfect for kindergarten in the days before the holiday.

This simple pumpkin pie craft is perfect to use as an independent art center. When having kids use watercolor paints, I’ve found that using Dollar Tree cookie sheets with a folded piece of newspaper helps make for quick set-up and clean-up and contains any spilled water nicely! Using pumpkin pie spice (or even just cinnamon) adds a sensory element and a bit of extra fun to this activity.

paper plate pumpkin pie craft using watercolors and pumpkin pie spice with a cotton ball for whipped cream

This pie craft makes a quick accent to a Thanksgiving bulletin board. You could have the students write about who they’d like to share a pumpkin pie with to add a literacy element to your board.

Click to grab this writing page to go with the pie craft!
Pumpkin Pie Thanksgiving Bulletin Board

I wrote this little pumpkin pie poem for shared reading practice. If you copy it onto chart paper, you can have students come up to circle or highlight sight words, word chunks, letters, or rhyming words.

Pumpkin Pie Poem for shared reading in kindergarten

Here are some examples of ways children can interact with the poem. (Side note: if you don’t already have it, look for removable highlighter tape. You can use it again and again, and the kids love it!)

Pumpkin Pie Poem

I’ve also got a pumpkin pie freebie on TPT for you. This Fine Motor Skills Task Box freebie lets children practice counting and subitizing while building a pumpkin pie! This is a great complement to my other fine motor skills task boxes, but it can also be used alone as an early finisher activity or a simple math center.

 Fine Motor Thanksgiving Freebie

I hope these pre-holiday days go smoothly in your classroom! If you’re in need of any other Thanksgiving or pumpkin resources, you can find these (and more) in my TPT store:

 Turkey Informational Unit    Thanksgiving Placemat   

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