Time is just zooming along, and Turkey Day is right around the corner! I want to share a few easy Thanksgiving activities that are perfect for kindergarten in the days before the holiday. These Thanksgiving activities focus on pumpkin pie, making them a nice way to bridge the Halloween season with the upcoming harvest celebrations. When discussing fall traditions, children may begin to make connections and be able to discuss the importance of farming and seasons in the building of holiday traditions long ago!
Thanksgiving Activities: Pumpkin Pie Craft
This simple pumpkin pie craft is perfect to use as an independent art center! Using a paper plate cut into wedges and watercolor paints, students make their own little slice of pumpkin pie!
This craft can be completed fairly independently in an art center. I’ve set six children at a table to use watercolor paints, but it is important that they know what to do to keep the mess level down and how to respond if there’s a spill. (Don’t cry over spilled watercolor water!😄)
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. (You could say it really spices things up! 😉)
Here are the steps:
- Cut a paper plate into eighths and provide one “slice” to each student.
- Have students use watercolors to paint their pie orange with a brown crust.
- When the paint is dry, have students brush white glue onto the crust area.
- Assist students in sprinkling a little pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon onto the glue, tapping the excess off.
- Let students glue a white “whipped cream” cotton ball onto their slice of pie.
Use this cute Thanksgiving craft as an accent on a bulletin board or make them the center of their own display by adding a writing element. Find a simple writing template in the My Happy Place Free Resource Library.
Thanksgiving Activities: Pumpkin Pie Literacy
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 phonics patterns, word chunks, letters, or rhyming words. You can find a printable version of the poem in the My Happy Place Free Resource Library.
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!)
Thanksgiving Activities: Pumpkin Pie Fine Motor
I’ve also got a pumpkin pie fine motor freebie for you! This Fine Motor Skills Task Box freebie (available in the Free Resource Library and on TPT) 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.
The My Happy Place Fine Motor Skills Task Boxes are designed to fit into pencil boxes and to give students the opportunity to independently strengthen their fingers and build their academic skills. Kids love them! Find more fine motor articles and resources here.
I hope these pre-holiday days go smoothly in your classroom! If you’re in need of any other Thanksgiving activities or pumpkin resources, you can find these (and more) in my website shop and my TPT store:
This set includes three activities all about turkeys that are pre-loaded into three different digital learning platforms. Each activity includes a short nonfiction ebook (read-aloud) followed by interactive comprehension activities. A great addition to your Thanksgiving unit, these activities center around three turkey themes: “Turkeys Are Birds,” “Parts of a Turkey,” and “What Turkeys Do.”…