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This is the Month of November!

October 31, 2017 03:22 by Barbara Shelby





Updated January, 2018

Plan your curriculum featuring some of  the different 'Days of November'!!! Fun ideas at bottom of page! (Centerpiece image by

Flower: Chrysanthemum
Yellow Topaz


  • Adoption
  • Aviation
  • Cozy Cuddles 
  • Child Safety and Protection
Drum Month  
  • Family Stories
  • Good Nutrition
  • Latin American
  • Model Railroad
  • Peanut Butter Lovers
  • Stamp Collecting
  • National Family Caregivers
  • American Indian Heritage
 •  I Am So Thankful Month


World Kindness Day!  

Geography Awareness Week is the third week each November.......  (Visit National Geographic for more info) The week's theme will focus on how geography instills an awareness of the interdependence and interconnectedness embedded in all of our lives.  This year’s program will show how the ideas of interdependence, interconnectedness, and geographic perspectives can be easily incorporated into all parts of the class, after-school program, or at home.   Check out Mixing Geography and Fun!

Don't forget Bonza Bottler Day on November 11!
Just a reason to celebrate. So Celebrate! This happens each month when the day and date are the same number! Example: November 11, December 12, etc. Any kind of celebration will do...just do something fun!


1. All Saints' Day (Christian, Roman Catholic)

2. Dia de los Muertos "Day of the Dead" (Mexico, Latin America) 
The celebration occurs on the 2nd of November in connection with the Catholic holiday of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day to commemorate family and friends who have died.  The traditions is to build private alters in people's homes using sugar skulls, marigolds, flowers, fruits, pictures and the favorite foods of the deceased.  Visits to the graves with a few gifts and decorations are also a must on this day.

2. All Souls' Day (Roman Catholic)

12. Birthday of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)

November 22, 2018 
November 28, 2019 
November 26, 2020 
November 25, 2021 
November 24, 2022 
November 23, 2023 
November 28, 2024 


The Days of November:

1.  National Author's Day and also 'Day of the Dead' in Mexico celebrated the first and second
2.  National Family Literacy Day, and Sistine Chapel completed. (*See bottom of page for fun idea!) 
3.  Sandwich Day (See page bottom for ideas)
4.  Candy Day (See Easy Candy Recipes page);
First Wagon Train arrived in California (It left Missouri in May-1841)
6.  Abraham Lincoln elected president 1860
7.  Hug-a-Bear Day (See Teddy Bear Theme)
8.  Dear Santa Day (*See bottom of page for idea)
     X-ray discovered
9.  Pursuit of Happiness Day
     First Giant Panda collected alive in China (1927)
10. Forget-Me-Not Day
11. Veteran's Day (Bonza Bottler Day too!)
      Remembrance Day in Canada
      Washington became State
12.  Pizza with the works but no anchovies
13.  World Kindness Day
       Indian Pudding Day (See recipes below) 
       First Spacecraft to orbit mars (Mariner 9-1971)
14Teddy Bear Day (Visit Teddy Bear Theme and Bear Jokes )
15.  Great American Smoke-Out Day
       America Recycles Day
16.  Button Day (See below images of 'Button Ideas)

17.  Take a Hike Day
18.  Mickey Mouse's Birthday
19.  Gettysburg Address
20Peanut Butter Fudge Day (See below for 2 easy recipes!)
21World Hello Day (*Learn to say 'Hello' in several languages-see bottom of page)
       What do you love about America? Day
       North Carolina became State
23.  Buy Nothing Day
24.  Zachary Taylor B-Day: 1794 (12th President of USA)
24.  Parfait Day
26.  In 1789 George Washington proclaimed a day of public thanksgiving
27.  Pins and Needles Day
      Nobel Peace Prize Established
28.  Albanian Flag Day
      First American automobile race: 54 miles from Chicago's Jackson Park to Evanston, Illinois.

29.  Electronic Greeting Day
      Beatles released I Want to Hold Your Hand in 1963
30. Computer Security Day
      Mark Twain Born (1835-1910)



What Indian tribes are in your state? Learn about them!


Michelangelo completed the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel between 1508 and November 2, 1512 

Tape large pieces of paper to the underside of tables or desks. Put out a variety of art supplies. Have kids paint/color/draw laying on their backs—just like Michelangelo did! Discuss how he spent four years doing this to complete the Sistine Chapel frescoes...




Here are some fun sandwich ideas that your kids will love!


Ingredient ideas to put out: Bread, cheese cubes, lunch meat, grape tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, olives.

Ingredients can be served in bowls and children choose what they like and then slide onto their skewer.
1. Cut up cubes of bread, cheese, and lunch meat (1/2-inch-thick cubes of ham and turkey are good).
2. Slide the cubes onto a skewer (long pick) with other foods the children like, such as a grape tomato, a piece of lettuce, a pickle, or an olive.
3. Set out a side of mayo or mustard for dipping.


Just put out the ingredients and let kids make and take…
Peanut Butter
Bananas - sliced
Bread (1 slice)
M &M's candy
Spread the peanut butter on the slice of bread. Next, put 2 banana circles on the bread to look like eyes. Then use a raisin as a nose. Last, make the mouth out of M&M's candy.

Spread peanut butter onto a rice cake.
Use jellybeans and M&M's to make facial features...


Lightly spread a tortilla with a little cream cheese and place one or two slices of thin ham or turkey over the cream cheese. Roll tightly and cut into small rounds.

Put peanut butter and jelly onto a flour tortilla. Roll...Eat

Small flour tortillas
Colby-jack STICK cheese
Salsa, if desired

Place one stick of Colby-jack cheese (or use mozzarella string cheese) near the edge of the flour tortilla.
Roll the tortilla around the cheese; secure it with a toothpick (remove it later before children snack).
Microwave until cheese is soft.
Dip in salsa.

Satisfy your salty, crunchy and savory cravings in one punch with this quick snack version of a sandwich.
Ingredients: 4 slices deli turkey breast (about 2 ounces total), 8 teaspoons honey mustard or mango chutney (or whatever kids like), 8 sesame breadsticks
Spread each slice of turkey with 2 teaspoons mustard (or mango chutney) and season with pepper if desired. Wrap each prepared turkey slice around 2 breadsticks



#7 SANDWICH ART: Make a hoagie sandwich that looks back at you! Ingredients:
Hoagie buns
Sliced lowfat cheese
Lean luncheon or deli meat
Shredded carrots, lettuce, or sprouts
Cherry tomatoes
Miscellaneous condiments (mustard, reduced fat mayonnaise, etc)
Toothpicks (or broken spaghetti pieces)
Clean work surface and hands
Make hoagie sandwich, using desired ingredients. On one end of the sandwich, use toothpicks or broken spaghetti pieces to position olives for eyeballs and cherry tomato for nose. Arrange shredded carrots, lettuce, or sprouts on top for hair. If desired, stick a small piece of lunch meat out of the "mouth" for a tongue. Source:
 NOTE: Be sure to remove all toothpicks before eating!



YUMM...November 4th is Candy Day! Visit the 'Easy Candy Recipes page of KidActivities...




Here are two FREE websites that  E-mail 'Dear Santa letters'. First one has some other "Santa things"...the second is  more simple--but very sweet. really fun site!!!

Are you a childcare center but don't have internet access in your program? Consider posting the Santa addresses in you parent center or newsletter--a nice thing for child and parent to do together!


NOVEMBER 13 is Indian Pudding Day!


2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup molasses
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 quarts milk, scalded
whipped cream

In a saucepan over medium heat add all ingredients except for the milk. Beat thoroughly. Pour in milk slowly, stirring continuously until the mixture begins to thicken.
Pour into an ovenproof casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes.

Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar if desired.



3 c. milk
1/2 c. cornmeal
1/2 tsp. salt
3 eggs
1/4 c. light brown sugar
1/3 c. molasses
2 tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. ginger

Lightly grease crock. Preheat on high for 20 minutes. Meanwhile bring milk, cornmeal and salt to a boil. Boil, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes. Cover and simmer an additional 10 minutes. In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Gradually beat in hot cornmeal mixture and whisk until smooth. Pour into crock and cook on high for 2 to 3 hours or low for 6 to 8 hours.


November 14 is National American TEDDY BEAR DAY! Visit the Bear Theme and Bear Jokes! Not only ideas for Pre-K to Grade 1--but also for school age children...



Two cute 'Button Ideas' from familyfun.go


A button mosaic becomes a cheery sun catcher when it's sandwiched between layers of clear Con-Tact paper.
1. To make one, cut out a square of Con-Tact paper, remove its backing, and lay it sticky-side up. (If you like, slide a drawing beneath the square as a guide.) 
2. Place buttons on the square to create a shape, leaving at least a 1-inch border on all sides.
3. When you're done, cover the mosaic with a second Con-Tact paper square.
4. Smooth the edges with a cotton swab and cut out the mosaic, leaving a -inch border on all sides.
5. Stick your creation to a window with glue dots or tape.


These are fun and easy for kids to create.


Simply cut lengths of ribbon (these are 12 to 14 inches long, to fit a standard-size hardcover book), then attach buttons to the ends using tacky glue or a glue gun.
Shown here are just a few of the decorating options: sandwiching the ribbon's ends between two buttons; stacking smaller atop larger buttons; and grouping several small buttons in a pattern.




Make GUMBALL MACHINE using buttons for the gumballs.


Put out paper plates, buttons, markers, and white heavy paper/construction paper. See what the kids come up with. Kids also just may turn their project into a 'button collage'! (This sample is made by a 1st grader (student of Shannon Stewart) at Stetson Hills School in Phoenix, Arizona. See other images of student art work in the Grades 1-3 Gallery Category.



NOVER 20TH IS PEANUTBUTTER FUDGE DAY. Check out these two super easy microwave recipes! Both are yummy and easy to make with kids! This will also work to celebrate Peanutbutter Lover's Month...or 'Candy Day on November 4th!





12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 heaping Tbs peanut butter 

Put chocolate chips and sweetened-condensed milk in microwave safe bowl. 

Cook on high for 5 minutes.
Remove from microwave, stir in peanut butter.
Spread in pan.
Cool and cut. Enjoy!


1 cup butter, plus more for greasing pan
1 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pound powdered sugar

1. Microwave butter and peanut butter for 2 minutes on high.
2. Stir and then microwave on high for 2 more minutes. Add vanilla and powdered sugar to peanut butter mixture and stir to combine with a wooden spoon.
3. Pour into a buttered 8 by 8-inch pan lined with waxed paper. Place a second piece of waxed paper on the surface of the fudge and refrigerate until cool.
Cut into 1-inch pieces and store in an airtight container for up to a week.


 *LEARN TO SAY "HELLO" in as many different languages as  you can for 'WORLD HELLO DAY' ON THE 21st...

For example:
• Arabic: Marhabah (mar-ha-bah)
• French: Bonjour (bone-joor)
• Hebrew: Shalom (shah-lome)
• Italian: Buon giorno (bone-zhee-or-no)
• Mandarin Chinese: Nea how (nee-how)
• Russian: Priviet (pri-vee-et)
• Spanish: Hola (oh-la)
• Swahili: Jambo (zham-boh)

WORLD HELLO DAY is an observance started by brothers Brian and Michael McCormack. The McCormacks created "World Hello Day" in response to the 1973 conflict between Egypt and Israel.
Anyone can participate in 'World Hello Day' simply by saying "Hello" to ten people.

According to the McCormacks' "People around the world use the occasion of World Hello Day as an opportunity to express their concern for world peace. Beginning with a simple greeting on World Hello Day, their activities send a message to leaders, encouraging them to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts."

Naturally, encourage the children in your program to say "hello" to at least 10 people on the 21st. Saying HELLO  IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES can heighten cross-cultural awareness, celebrate cross-cultural knowledge, As well as learning to say "hello" in many different languages. This can be used as a warm-up, get-to-know-you activity with a cross-cultural theme. Within a group, you may be surprised how much knowledge there is of different languages for basic phrases. (This tip from schoolagenote of the day)








  • Cut two pieces of paper to fit around two cardboard oatmeal containers with lids.
  • Decorate the paper with crayons and markers.
  • Attach the paper around both containers with tape.
  • Set the containers side by side and tie them together with two long pieces of string or yarn.
  • Tie one piece of string around the upper section of the containers and the other around the lower section.
  • Place a dab of glue under the string in several spots to hold it in place. Play your bongos by tapping on the tops with your fingertips


Turn a cooking pan over and beat on the bottom of it with a wooden spoon.


Collect a round box, such as an oatmeal box or a potato chip container. Carefully make two small slits, about 2 inches apart, near the top of the box. Thread the box onto a child's belt (or a shortened adult belt).


Use hands to tap on the drums--- a wooden spoon, metal spoon, rubber spatula, whisk or a basting brush. Make drumsticks with two unsharpened pencils with erasers. Or…Attach an empty thread spool on one end of the pencils or wrap a thick rubber band around one end of each pencil. Have children experiment with the variety of sounds and tones they can make.


Cut a piece of paper to fit around a CAN with a plastic lid; large coffee cans work well, but any size can be used. Decorate the paper with crayons and markers--Attach the paper around the can with tape.
You can also use an empty PLASTIC JUG, or WOODEN BOWL turned upside down or metal POT or BOWL.



Some KidActivity links that may interest you for the month of November!

 Thanksgiving Snacks and Goodies

SOME OTHER IDEAS FOR NOVEMBER!  •Autumn Apple Theme    •Apple Snacks   •Farm & Harvest Theme   Easy Candy Recipes and Snack Mix Recipes  (Get ready for the Holidays!)   •Fall and Winter Snacks   •Mixing Geography and Fun (For Geography Awareness Week)   •Teddy Bear and Other Bears Theme (Teddy Bear Day-- in November)   •Bear Jokes  


Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts

October 22, 2015 04:32 by Barbara Shelby


ARTS AND CRAFTS (Autumn Table Top decorating at page bottom; Songs, Poems, Fun Facts & More on Page 2)


Rocks (various sizes, avoid shiny or glossy rocks)
Light stock paper (such as news print)
Low-gloss varnish or clear finish

1. Collect an assortment of rocks.
2. Clean with soap and water, then paint with fall colored acrylic paints (It's not necessary to cover the entire rock with paint, leave some areas exposed if you wish. Let dry.
3. Print words of wisdom or Thanksgiving quotes on paper. Tear out the sayings (ragged edges).
4. Glue the sayings to your rocks using either white glue or Modge Podge.
5. Finish off the rocks by applying low-gloss varnish or polyurethane.
At home a variety of rocks good be arranged for centerpiece or in a cornucopia along with some other dried elements, such as nuts or grasses.

After Thanksgiving this makes a nice paper weight or addition to a garden!


Gather colored paper (red, orange, brown, green, yellow) Trace the children's hands onto several sheets of several colors. Cut out. Then cut out a brown tree trunk branches in proportion to the amount of leaves. Have the children glue the hand shapes to the tree trunk to form the leaves of the tree. Have the child think of things to be thankful for and label the hand/leaves.

Thankful Tree Display

is a sample from Mann School Art Appreciation.




 Version #2 of  Thankful Tree! (Image from Discount School Supply)


Children can make a beautiful wreath of leaves that displays what they are thankful for. This wreath makes a great Autumn or Thanksgiving decoration.
A plain white paper plate
Construction paper (orange, red, yellow, brown, and other earth tones)
Templates of leaf shapes
Crayons or markers
Glue or a glue stick

  • Cut a HALF CIRCLE OUT OF THE CENTER of a plain paper plate. Cut out a lot of leaves from construction paper. Draw the leaf veins if you wish. If you'd like, use a leaf template.

  • Glue the leaves all around the rim of the paper plate.
In the lower center of the wreath, (the half circle part that was NOT cut out) write, "I am thankful for," and then have the children write or draw what they are thankful for.

  • Put the child's name on the wreath (or let them sign it).
For variations on this wreath: instead of using leaves, use cut-out handprints of the child, tissue paper baking cups or torn-up scraps of paper.




Make a huge turkey body out of construction paper and affix it to a wall. (Or make a smaller body and put on card stock or construction paper)
Give kids multi-colored paper feathers (made from construction paper) and have them write something nice about other students or family members.
Collect the feathers and place on the turkey.



A pine cone
An acorn or a nut in the shell
Brown, red, orange and yellow construction paper
Pencil or marker
Hot glue
Googly eyes

1. Cut out construction paper feathers.
2. Put a small blob of clay on one side of the pine cone to steady it on the table. The pine cone will be the turkey's body.
3. Glue the "feathers" to the top of the wide side of the pine cone.

  • Glue the acorn to the front of the turkey using hot glue. 
  • Glue on two googly eyes and a small piece of red construction paper (for the turkey's wattle). Let the glue set.

You now have a great Thanksgiving table turkey decoration. To avoid staining a tablecloth with the clay, put the turkey on a small plate.



1. Do you have a large pattern or coloring book picture of a cornucopia. If so, make a copy for each child.
2. Have kids color the picture.
3. With stick glue, apply glue to a piece of fruit in the cornucopia; sprinkle dry jell-o (matching the fruit) over the glue. Shake off excess jell-o powder.
4. Reat with the other fruit and flavors of jell-o.
(Original idea from Ms. Tyler-Livonia, Mi. SAC)


  • I painted the kids fingers different (Turkey) colors and placed them on a piece of tag board. Then I painted one foot.

  • Place foot opposite way so the heel is on the top, your toes are the turkey feet and your heel is the head.

  • The funny part is I told all the kids is they had to scrub their feet the night before. They didn't know why and their parents were questioning. I told them it is for a gift for them.

  • We wrapped them up and gave it to the parents for Thanksgiving. Some are framed and hanging in homes every Thanksgiving. I didn't have a poem including the feet but that would be adorable.
Mrs. Z/Rochester Mi.

Mrs. Z...I think the following poem would work (Barb)

This isn't just a turkey,
As anyone can see-
I made it with my hands and feet...
Which are part of me.

It comes with lots of love
And especially today…
I hope you have a very
Happy Thanksgiving Day!


Materials: Construction paper or tag board, glue, paintbrush, different seasonal spices such as: nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, whatever smells good!

1. Trace children's hands on tag board or construction paper. Have the children then put glue on the palm and finger shapes.
2. Spices are then sprinkled on the glue. They can be mixed or put on areas of fingers and hands...
3. To make the spiced handprint become a turkey, draw-feet, eyes, beak and wattle.




APPLE TURKEYS (A snack and craft in one!)

These are fun to make. The tail feathers can be colored mini-marshmallows, gumdrops or a ring cereal such as Froot Loops. The feet can be whatever you decide--such as gum drops or candy corn


 TURKEY: (Sample and Photo by KidActivities) Need: apples, ingredients for feathers, candy corn, large marshmallows and colored toothpicks.

  • The apple is the body of the turkey.
 • Add colored mini-marshmallows or gum drops to 5 or 6 toothpicks; stick them in one end of the apple. 
 • Use a toothpick for the neck.
 • Use a marshmallow for a head -tiny raisin pieces for the eyes - a cut up cany corn for the beak
. Use 3 toothpicks for legs (in a triangular position so your turkey can stand up) If you decide not to add legs, cut a small slice from the bottom of the apple to sit straight.

 Personally, I like to then eat the spice gum-drops! When you are making food crafts with children, make sure to have a few extra pieces for the kids to munch on!

The "Apple Turkeys" would look nice combined with some of the  centerpieces at the bottom of the page...


PLYMOUTH ROCK SEATING--A fun alternative to place cards!

Version #1

Smooth rocks
Craft paint
1. Make sure rocks are clean and dry.
2. Paint the stone/rock entirely or with designs on it.
3. After the rocks are dry, paint  names of Thanksgiving Day dinner guests!

Version #2 using pasta letters... 
Medium sized smooth stones
Pasta Letters

Coat stones in brightly colored craft paint. When paint is dry, glue on pasta letters.


A Connecting and Feel Good Activity

These can double as an activity and for decorations on the tables. You'll need: 
  • Brown paper lunch sacks 
  • Green paint pen 
  • Raffia 
  • Tissue leaves in autumn colors.
  • Plenty of small pieces of paper (approx. 3" X 4" size).

1. Cut the top of each sack in a decorative manner. (Use pinking shears, or regular scissors to trim the size, and give the bag a little character.)
2. Glue one autumn leaf to the center of each bag at an angle.
3. Tie raffia into little bows, and glue one to the base of each leaf with a hot glue gun. Write the name of each child on the bags with the green paint pen.



Place small pieces of paper in a basket along with pens and markers. Have each  child write a note or draw a picture (little ones) of why they are thankful for each person.

    • If your group is having a party-this can be done in the days preceding the party. Drop notes into bags. Allow time during the party or program for the children to read their notes. A great self-esteem building activity!!!


  • Leaves (these can be commercial silks, plastic leaves, or children can children trace and cut out their own leaves. 
  • A branch to make the tree  
  • A container and rocks to support the tree 
  • Magazines 
  • Paper 
  • Scissors 
  • Markers 
  • Needle 
  • Thread 
  • Low-tack tape

Fill the container with rocks. Remove leaves and unnecessary branches from the tree. Put branch in container. Make sure that the branch is securely anchored by the rocks.
2. Use the needle and thread to make individual hangers for the leaves.
3. Have children cut out or draw images of things for which they are thankful or have them write a list of things they are thankful for and cut out the words.
4. Use the tape to stick the thanksgiving items to the leaves. Hint: Any adhesive would work but if you use a low tack adhesive you can use the leaves again next year.
5. Hang the leaves on the tree.




You'll need: leaf cutouts, glue, dried kernel corn 


1. Write a greeting on a sheet of construction paper or card-stock-
such as Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Autumn, Give Thanks, etc.
2. Have the children glue the corn to form the letters of the words. 3. Glue leaf cutouts around the rest of the picture for decoration






•Color paper plates with markers
•Glue turkey head on to T-paper tube.
•Staple the tube to the plate.

Courtesy of Renee Glashow at lilteacher





'Words' for Younger Children's Hand-Print Turkeys  The poem above (for Mrs. Z's Footprint Turkey)  uses the words 'Hands and Feet'--this one is just hand...) 

This isn't just a turkey,
As anyone can see-
I made it with my hand
Which is part of me.

It comes with lots of love
And especially today-
I hope you have a very
Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Handprint photo courtesy of Ms. Glashow's class at lilteacher 




Gather brightly colored leaves and create this cute turkey! 

1. Glue the leaves to a piece of construction paper. It should resemble the tail feather of a turkey.
2. Add a body cut from another piece of construction paper.
3. Add a beak, feet, and some eyes--either wiggly eyes orpaper.
Tip: You may want to preserve the leaves before starting project. Thank you to MomentsofMommyHood for idea and images! 



175 Easy-To-Do Thanksgiving Crafts (Creative Uses for Recyclables) (Paperback)by Sharon Dunn Umnik
$7.95 new and starting at $2.97 used at
A review: This book is an incredible asset to any classroom. The directions are clear and concise and the full color pictures of the end result are great! I would highly recommend this book to any teacher in need of extra ideas! Mary Ellen Fuentes



Be sure to check out Ideas in the Autumn/Fall Centerpieces and Decorating Category!



All Miscellaneous activities of POEMS, SONGS, FACTS AND MORE...has been moved to its own page! Click here...




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Thanksgiving Games

October 26, 2011 08:29 by Barbara Shelby




  • Host a turkey calling contest, complete with lots of squawking, flapping, wattle shaking, and pecking. Give participants a prize with fun distinctions:
 • "Loudest turkey", "Most authentic", "Most likely to be spared", "Cutest turkey", etc. This activity can also be turned into a relay race with the group split into two teams. Loud, but fun! (Ages 4-Adult)


Take a Thanksgiving related word such as: Thanksgiving, Mayflower, Cornucopia, etc. and find as many little words as possible within before the timer runs out.
Example: Cornucopia Words: corn, pin, no, arc, car, nip, cop, cup, on, or, rap...
Example: Mayflower Words: May, flower, flow, flare, lay, low, fear, ear, owe, fly, rye, wear, row...



1. All children stand in pairs holding hands and facing each other.
2. A third child-called the 'turkey' stands between each pair. The turkey is in the 'barnyard (between the two facing children)
3. One child is NOT with a pair and in the 'barnyard'. This 'free' turkey is roaming.
4. At a signal,(such as Gobble, Gobble, Gobble) all turkeys leave their barnyard and run for safety to another barnyard. One turkey will be left over and not be able to find a barnyard to enter.
5. Depending on the number of players-continue until all (or many) have had time to be a left-over turkey!


   • Instead of saying "warmer or cooler" you gobble!
   • One player is the hunter and the others are helpers.
   • The hunter leaves the room.
   • The helpers hide a small toy turkey or a turkey cut-out, or laminated drawing, etc.
   • The hunter returns with a mission to find the turkey. Helpers give clues by "gobbling" like turkeys.
   • If the hunter is not close, the helpers gobble very quietly. As the hunter gets closer, the helpers gobble more and more loudly until Mr. Turkey is found!
   • With a larger program this could be a 'choice' game or play with different groups at different times. (While the program is going on with choices of activities, kids could sign-up on pre-made sheet for their game time and group!)
   • Also good at the last half hour of a Center program when the numbers of children are lower and everything is cleaned up

TURKEY WALK (good for Pre-K to Gr.2)
Play music of your choice and encourage the children to move like...
    • BIG turkeys
    • Little turkeys
    • Tired turkeys
    • Happy turkeys
    • Scared turkeys
    • Etc.
    Make it more interesting by choosing music based on the movement you'd like to elicit.


Hunt quietly; you don't want to scare the turkeys...

On a dozen or more  index cards, draw or paste a picture of a turkey. The amount of cards you will have depends on the number of children you have--and how many groups they will be divided into. Each group should consist of about 12 hunters (children) and 12 cards.

1. To play, everyone leaves the room except the leader. The leader hides the cards around the room. Hunters return and begin the hunt.
2. As each turkey is found, it is brought back to the leader who corrals them in a separate pile for each hunter. When all the turkeys have been found, the hunter with the most turkeys is the winner and becomes the leader for the next round.

  • This can be done in groups and groups work together!
  • Each group would have a leader.
  • Hide the  turkey cards and then all hunters find cards that have been hid.
  • The top finder in each Team-becomes the new leader for that Team.
Let children make the cards before the Holiday. They'll find lots of magazine pictures and can color some as well!



Players sit on chairs forming a circle. There should be one more player than there are chairs. The player without a chair is the leader.
The leader points to each of the other players to give them a name, such as "Cranberry, Corn, Apple, Turkey," anything related to Thanksgiving.

1. After names are chosen, the leader calls out two names,
"Turkey and potato."
2. Those two players must quickly switch places. The leader keeps calling at a quick pace, until suddenly she says "The cornucopia has tipped over!"
3. Everyone, including the leader, then scrambles for a new place. 4. The player with out a seat is the new leader.
More Info: The leader may give the same name to more than one person.
This game can be confusing at first, but it is fun!


Required: A Turkey Mascots
You can make a mascot by taping a colored-paper turkey head to one end of a football. You can also simply stuff a brown bag with crumpled newspaper and draw on a face with colored markers.
. In this wacky outdoor contest, team players join up with their elbows linked, and each team is handed a turkey mascot.
2. On cue, the pairs try to make their way to the finish line at the far end of the playing field.



PASS THE CORN GAME (Ages 4 - 10)
Divide the children into two teams (or as many as you need) and have them form two lines. You will need a cob of dried Indian corn for each team.
1. At the signal "go", the corncob is to be passed from child to child. The catch is that they can use any part of their bodies, except their hands.
2. If the corn touches the ground at any time, it must go back to the beginning of the line again.
3. Whichever team manages to get the corn to the end of the line first wins the game.
4. The corn can also be used in a relay, with the kids putting the corn between their knees, and racing "crab" style".


TURKEY STRUT (For younger children)

1. Use pieces of masking tape to make turkey footprints all over the floor.
2. Start playing music.
3. Have children pretend to be turkeys and strut around the room.
4.When you stop the music, have the turkeys find footprints to stand on (one turkey to a footprint).
5. When you start the music again, have the turkeys continue strutting around the room.

THANKSGIVING DINNER GAME: This is good one to remember at line-waiting transition times.

Players sit in a circle (or stand in a line because of waiting...) The first player starts by saying, "At Thanksgiving dinner I like to eat turkey". The next player must repeat "At Thanksgiving dinner I like to eat turkey..." and add another dish. This continues all the way around the circle or down the line-- with each student reciting the dishes in the exact order they have been given and then adding a new one. If a student makes a mistake they slide out of the circle or move to the front of the line and the game continues. The person left who can perfectly recite the Thanksgiving menu wins.

Instead of saying... At Thankgiving dinner, I could say:

First player:I'm going to Thanksgiving dinner and I'm having turkey.

Second player: I'm going to Thanksgiving dinner and having turkey and sweep potatoes. etc.



1. Choose someone or something related to Thanksgiving.
2. One player says "I am thinking of a person, place or thing"
3. The other players try to guess what it is by asking no more than twenty questions which can be answered "yes," "no," or "I don't know."

Suggestion: Make a flip chart with numbers from 1 to 20--so each time a question is asked --the number is flipped. This can also be played with other holidays/themes/seasons!

You could also keep score by making 20 paper turkey feathers. Each time a question is asked, a feather is removed from the pile. 


Turn every day games into Thanksgiving Games!

   • INSTEAD of Duck, Duck, DUCK, DUCK, TURKEY!
   • Play "PIN the WATTLE on the Turkey" instead of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.
   • Instead of Simon says-play the TURKEY SAYS...
   • Use Candy Corn to play Bingo



Arrange the children/players in a circle. Pass around a "thankerchief" (handkerchief) around as everyone recites this poem:

Thankerchief, thankerchief, around you go --
Where you'll stop, nobody knows.
But when you do, someone must say,
What they are thankful for this day.

The player holding the "thankerchief" when the poem ends, must
say aloud, one thing for which they are thankful. This continues until everyone has had a turn.


THANKSGIVING JOKE AND PUNCH LINE ... Great for connecting and for an ice-breaker! (Get Thanksgiving Jokes here)

1. Set-up: Write a joke on one card and a punch line on another. Be sure to mix the cards up. The number of different jokes depends on the size of the group.
2. Give each person a card. Explain that they may have a joke or a punch line on the card.
3. On a given signal, they are to walk around the group trying to find the other part of their joke/punch line. When they find their other half, you may ask them to get to know their new partner by asking things like favorite holiday or Thanksgiving Dessert, etc...
When this is done, everyone can return to a circle and, with their partner, tell their joke.


 If you haven't checked out the FALL/AUTUMN GAMES-do so now. There are more than 40 games using pumpkins, gourds and leaves that would be great for Thanksgiving!  An  example is:

Good for October to December because of apple and pumpkin pies!

  • Split the students into two different groups; one is apple pie and the other group is pumpkin pie.
  • Have one student be the pie eater, who will be standing on the center line. The pie eater can only move from side to side on the center line.
  • All the students say to the pie eater, "Pie eater, pie eater are you hungry?" The pie eater responds with a 'yes or no' answer.
  • If the answer is no, the pies (students) ask again.
  • If the answer is yes, then the pies ask again, "What kind of pie would you like?"
  • The pie eater then says apple or pumpkin and that pie tries to make it to the other side.
  • If the pie is tagged, then they become a pie eater.


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