There are many fun Thanksgiving lessons and activities for young children. Thanksgiving is a holiday that has a lot of meaning behind it, and it is important to teach children the importance of this holiday. This article will provide you with several Thanksgiving lessons and activities for young children.
Young children will enjoy making a giving Thanksgiving wreath to celebrate the holiday; this activity will also allow them to improve motor skills, writing, and language arts. For this activity you will need construction paper, pencils, markers, and scissors. A paper plate and glue are also necessary for this lesson, and the paper should be fall colors such as yellow, orange, green, red, and brown.
Start this lesson by helping young children trace there hands several times on the different colored papers. Then help children cut out each individual handprint. Also help kids cut the inside circle out of a paper plate leaving only the rim.
While creating the project ask young children to think of things they are thankful for. Help young children write each idea on a handprint. Finally glue the handprints to the paper plate to finish the wreath.
Another fun Thanksgiving lesson for kids is making an edible log cabin. This activity will teach young children about how the settlers lived, while improving motor skills and inspiring creativity. For this activity you will need pretzel rods, empty milk cartons, icing, a knife, coconut, graham crackers, brown food coloring, a paper plate, and a small plastic bag. Start by adding the coconut to the bag with a few drops of food coloring. Shake the bag to coat the coconut.
Teach young children about log cabin by starting with some chocolate frosting on the bottom of the paper plate. Place the clean milk carton on the frosting to hold it in place. Then add frosting to the sides of the milk carton, and help young children push pretzel rods into the frosting. Add graham crackers to the roof. Help young children add more frosting to the roof and sprinkle the coconut on top to complete the log cabin.
These Thanksgiving activities and lessons are a fun way to teach young children about the history of this traditional holiday. These activities will help improve the motor skills of young children while getting them involved in the holiday. Try these lessons with your class and you will have a wonderful time teaching about Thanksgiving.