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Thanksgiving Printable Activities

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Stop! Here are the Thanksgiving Printable Activities you’ve been searching for. Plus, grab a free printable Thanksgiving dot activity.

You’ve got a dozen things on your to-do list for Thanksgiving. Let’s take “kids the kids occupied” off the list.

Another bonus is all these activities build important early academic skills – so you’re sneaking in a little learning for your children, too.

Below you’ll find 11 Thanksgiving printable activities for your children. Made by a teacher, tested by my children – these activities are sure to be a hit in your family.

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text reads free printable thanksgiving dot sheets in black and white letters and a green background.  Printable is on a brown table with a pumpkin pie dot sheet with letters inside the blank circle. Three dot markers are next to the printable dot worksheet.

1 – Free Thanksgiving Dot Activity

Most of the activities in this post are from printables in my shop. But these cute Thanksgiving dot marker printables are totally free.

free thanksgiving dot marker printable that reads pie in orange capital letters. The cartoon clip art of the pumpkin pie has white circles with letters inside. A green, brown, and orange dot marker are displayed.

Just grab your favorite set of dot markers or use dot stickers.

Dot marker activity sheets have so many benefits:

  • Your toddler can simply dot the sheet to develop their hand-eye coordination.
  • Preschoolers can say the letter aloud as they dot.
  • Kindergartners can dot the letters as you say them aloud.
  • First-grade children can dot the letters that spell the sound – “Dot the letter that spells the first sound in cat.”

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two thanksgiving printable tracing worksheets displayed on a white background. Text reads Trace the Circles. Five clip art pumpkin pies have dotted line circles to trace.

2 – Thanksgiving Tracing Printables

Your preschooler can practice tracing circles and lines with the Thanksgiving tracing printables.

Stick these printable activities inside a dry-erase pouch and use dry erase markers to get several uses.

Why tracing?

  • Practice makes permanent.  We want children to effortlessly form these shapes and letters.
  • Tracing is a precursor to printing.  Children need to be able to form circles and other shapes and also make lines straight and diagonal lines in order to print letters.

Read more about letter formation in Letter Tracing Worksheets .

two printable Thanksgiving cutting practice worksheets on a wooden table. Text reads cut the pies and pictures four clip art pumpkin pies with lines to cut. Other worksheet says cut on the lines and has four turkeys with dotted lines to cut.

3 – Thanksgiving Cutting Practice

There are two types of cutting practice in these Thanksgiving printable activities. Your child can practice cutting straight lines and circles. Cutting is an important fine motor school to master prior to kindergarten.

For best results, print on cardstock.  Using a sturdier paper helps preschoolers be successful when they are learning to cut. It has more resistance which makes it easier to hold, rotate, and cut.

Cutting the circles out on the Pie Printable is a more complicated skill. If your child is an advanced cutter, they can cut out the circles.

For younger preschoolers and those still learning to cut, an adult can cut out the pies on the circle dotted lines. Then your child can cut on the other lines.

My 8 year old actually cut out the pies for her four-year-old brother.  Then he cut on the lines.

The Turkey Feather printables are a really fun Thanksgiving-themed cutting practice.  Similar to the pies, it’s a good idea for an adult to cut out the bird.

Then your preschooler can cut on the dotted lines to make the feathers.

If you opt to use the black and white version of the turkey feathers, your child can color the turkey prior to you cutting it out.

Thanksgiving patterns printable displayed on a white background. Text reads patterns - cut and paste the next item in the patterns. Clip art patterns include a whole pumpkin pie and slices, vegetables and corn, mashed potatoes and gray, and two different turkeys. One picture is glued down and three remain.

4 – Thanksgiving Patterns Printable

The Thanksgiving Patterns printable also involves cutting and gluing.

This time, though, your child needs to identify which object comes next in the printable.

These are the simplest of patterns – they just are ABAB patterns.  However, patterning for preschoolers is a big skill.

It develops the visual discrimination and thinking skills that are foundational for kindergarten reading and math.

Two printable Same and Different Thanksgiving worksheet. One is black and white and the other is in color. First row has three whole pies then a slice. The second has vegetables then corn. The third has mashed potatoes and gravy, fourth has different turkeys, and fifth has a full and 4 empty cornucopias.

5 – Thanksgiving What’s Different Printable

Like the pattern printable, the Thanksgiving What’s Different printable develops visual discrimination and thinking skills.

Your child needs to track across the row and identify the item that is different.  It looks simple but there are big cognitive skills going on behind the scene.

Thanksigiving alphabet activity printable. Text reads Alphabet Gobble - feed the turkeys alphabet magnets. Match the magnets to the turkey. 26 turkeys are displayed with the letters of the alphabet next to them.

7 – Thanksgiving Alphabet Activity

The most important academic skill your child can have for kindergarten is knowledge of the alphabet and letter sounds.

Now some parenting bloggers are going to tell you that knowing the alphabet is just a low-level skill – it’s simply a recall skill and not critical thinking. True, but also not.

Knowing the alphabet is foundational! The National Early Literacy Panel reviewed over 50 studies that looked at alphabetic knowledge and later reading success.

The finding was consistent across the studies: knowing letter names fluently is a predictor for later reading success.

So this printable helps your child build this important skill in a playful way.  Your child simply matches an alphabet magnet or another letter manipulative to the letter on the turkeys.

When you first start this, I recommend you just try 5 or 6 letters.  If your child shows interest, you can give them more letters.  Over several days you can continue to practice.

Pumpkin pie sensory bin with oatmeal, toy pumpkins, measuring cups, and wooden spoons. Printable pumpkin pie letters are buried in the oatmeal.

8 – Pumpkin Pie Sensory Bin

The Thanksgiving Preschool Printable Pack includes a set of alphabet pies. Cut them apart and add them to a sensory bin.

This makes learning the alphabet hands-on. Plus, this sensory bin is also great for practicing scooping and dumping. These are important fine motor skills.

Here’s how to make this Pumpkin Pie Sensory Bin:

  1. Just grab any plastic bin and add in some oatmeal, play pumpkins, and measuring cups.
  2. Then add alphabet magnets to a muffin cup.
  3. Cut apart the letters in the alphabet pies and add them to the bin.  Now you another great way to practice the alphabet with your child.
  4. Your child will match the letter on the printable pies to the letters in the muffin cups.

If your preschooler ends up playing with the sensory bin and doesn’t match the pies, that’s totally fine! You can always pull it out again the following day.

Skills developed:

  • pouring, dumping, scooping
  • knowledge of capacity and measurement
  • hand-eye coordination
  • matching
  • letter recognition

printable color by number worksheet with a blank turkey cartoon and numbers inside. There are pictures of a green, red, yellow, and brown crayons with the numbers 1 -4.

9 – Turkey Color By Number Printables

This Thanksgiving Preschool Printable Pack also includes a turkey color by number printable.

Color by number is a great way to help your preschooler understand that pictures have lines that are the boundaries. Learning to color within the lines is an important fine motor skill and many of our children need a lot of practice to gain that skill.

Skills developed:

  • coloring in small spaces
  • coloring within lines
  • number recognition
  • color recognition

screenshot of several printable Thanksgiving worksheets in color. Text reads Printable Parents Thanksgiving Preschool Pack.

Grab 30+ pages of Thanksgiving Printables here

10 – Turkey Counting Printables

Use these turkey counting printables to play Turkey Search and Find. This game is a great way to get your preschooolers to get up and MOVE!

Search and Find is a play on some classic preschool and early elementary games like Scoot!

Turkey Search and Find also builds important number recognition and counting skills.

With this game, you will hide the turkeys with the numbers around your home. Your child will locate them and color in the correct number of pumpkins that match the number.

Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Cut out the turkeys on the Turkey Number Sheet page.
  2. Tape them with painter’s tape to the walls in one room (easiest), hide them in one room (medium), or hide them in several rooms (challenging).
  3. Place the Turkey Recording Sheet on a clipboard.
  4. Give your child an orange crayon or marker.
  5. When your child finds one of the turkeys, they color in the matching number of pumpkins on the Turkey Recording Sheet.

turkey emotions printable on brown background. Text reads sad, happy, mad, worried, and excited. Five clip art turrkeyd show those emotions.

11 – Turkey Emotions Printables

Managing big feelings is an important preschool skill. Sure, children need to learn pre-academic skills but having emotional regulation is foundational to learning.

On these printables your child will do two things:

  1. Identify emotions
  2. Demonstrate empathy.

social thinking worksheets for thanksgiving. Clip art turkey with a blank thought bubble. Text reads turkey feels worried. Draw a picture and tell a grown-up about why he's worried.

Having strong knowledge about emotions sets your child up for school success. Then they can use that knowledge to have empathy for how someone is feeling.

Recapping the Thanksgiving Printable Activity Pack

Here’s what you’ll get inside the Thanksgiving Printable Activity Pack for Preschoolers (and Kindergarten, too):

  1. Thanksgiving Tracing Printables
  2. Pumpkin Pie and Turkey Cutting Sheets
  3. Thanksgiving Pattern Identification
  4. Thanksgiving Same and Different Printable
  5. Turkey Gooble Alphabet Matching Activity
  6. Pumpkin Pie Sensory Bin
  7. Turkey Emotions printable
  8. Turkey Social Thinking printable
  9. Turkey Counting Game

Conclusion

Head on over to the Printable Parents’ Shop to grab these Thanksgiving Printable Activities. You’ll spend less than five minutes getting your child set up for learning during Thanksgiving week.

Your future self will thank you!

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