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Simple ways for preschoolers and kindergartners to celebrate Thanksgiving

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Are you looking for ways to occupy your young children this Thanksgiving? The following list is filled with holiday fun for preschoolers and kindergartners. Older siblings may even want to join in on the fun!

  • Paint your child's palm brown and each of his fingers a different color. Stamp his hand on paper to look like a turkey. When it dries, add details.
  • Make a simple Native American costume from a grocery sack. Turn a paper bag upside down, and cut a straight line down the middle of one side, from the opening of the bag to about one inch through the bottom of the sack. From there, cut an oval in the bottom of the bag as a neck hole. Cut an arm hole in the side of each bag, so the child can put it on like a vest. Let her paint designs on the front of it.
  • Print a Thanksgiving preschool pack that will offer plenty of educational activities for the holiday. 1+1+1=1 and Homeschool Creations both have nice ones.
  • Make a turkey hat. Start with two strips of construction paper, stapled together to form a headband that fits your child's head. Cut a turkey body out of brown paper. Add details like eyes and a beak, and glue the turkey to the front of the hat. Glue four or five colorful turkey feathers to the back of the hat. Preschool Learning and Crafts has pictures of the finished product.
  • Read Thanksgiving books.
  • Make homemade pumpkin spice play dough. Use it to sculpt pumpkins, turkeys and other autumn items.
  • Help your child cut Thanksgiving food items from magazine pages or grocery ads. Glue them to a paper plate or a sheet of paper to form a Thanksgiving dinner collage.
  • Do Thanksgiving activity pages together. There are plenty available for free online, but the ones from School Sparks are especially nice. They offer plenty for both language arts and math skills.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday for people of all ages. These Thanksgiving activities will help kids learn history, refine their fine motor skills, enjoy art projects and more.

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