Thanksgiving Preschool Fun

Thanksgiving Preschool Fun

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Her Thanksgiving shelf ~

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Our Mayflower ship  and Thanksgiving set are a yearly favorite, I am so glad they all still love it! I also had a basket of prepared activities, and her Thanksgiving books!

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I got bags of gems from the Target dollar spot when they were 50% off this year!  The kids have played with these so much!

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We had a blast for a couple of weeks with our Thanksgiving theme!  She loves turkeys so she got really into this one, much more than our fall theme week since she no longer likes scarecrows!

Painting a turkey was the first chosen activity!

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Many of her activities were in a Thanksgiving Notebook for her to flip through and choose each day!

Roll and Color

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Several  “find the difference” pages, since she LOVES these!

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We used our Tt play dough page with our mini dots from our Spielgaben set!

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We also used the mini dots to match the colors on the dot fun turkey

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Then we drew designs on the dots!Thanksgiving -0418

 

Measuring with cubes…

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I saw this adorable turkey on Educating Laytons and challenged my sons to make it for her!

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I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie, always a favorite!

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Putting Mayflowers in size order…

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She worked through all of our Thanksgiving tracing cards {and these}…

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This color/shape Thanksgiving graph was a great fit for her!

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We made a paper plate turkey…

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I don’t have any photos of our snuggly reading time, but the favorite Thanksgiving books this year were these…

pilgrim-cat  A Turkey for Thanksgiving


See Thanksgiving Tot School fun from last year…

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Thanksgiving Theme Pinterest Board

See more home preschool fun over at Preschool Corner!

Thanksgiving Q-Tip Painting Printables

Thanksgiving Q Tip Printables

Do your little love Q-Tip Painting? Here’s a free Thanksgiving set, with a few Thanksgiving images and their beginning letter to paint!  My daughter also likes to help me put tiny dots of white glue on each circle and then sprinkle glitter on it all to make glittery dot letters.  We have also glued Perler beads to them.  Be creative and have fun with the tiny dot letters!

Download your Thanksgiving Q-Tip Printables here!


More Thanksgiving Fun…

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Thanksgiving Calendar Connections 2013

A couple of years ago we released the Thanksgiving Calendar Connections cards. Each year the date of Thanksgiving changes, so there needed to be an update last year. If you downloaded the set last year, you won’t need this one, last year’s update had cards for 2012-2015, in the premium version {with the color border and prints front to back, that we usually sell}. I deleted the 2012 cards and this year have a new 2013-2015 download available, if this set is new to you!

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The premium version of the new Thanksgiving Calendar Connections cards updated for 2013-2015 can be downloaded on the main Calendar Connections webpage, for FREE! Just scroll down to the Thanksgiving section.

The facts are written at a 3-6th grade level but you will be able to water them down for younger kids. It’s a great way to involve your entire family in exploring a particular theme.

NOTE: these DO print front to back, as they are the premium design.

I updated the small set for 2013 too, find it on the same webpage.

There is no eBook version of this set, due to the fact that I misplaced the folder with the images we used and it would take forever to find them again!


The cards fit my particular pocket chart calendar.

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but you could use a poster foam board and velcro to easily create your own set up. You could also use a standard pocket chart.


You can use most of our Calendar Connections cards for any month! We now have 15 sets to choose from!

Calendar Connections Set 1


More Thanksgiving Fun…

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Thanksgiving Theme Pinterest Board

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Tot School ~ Thanksgiving Theme

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I pulled out our Thanksgiving stuff for Tot School this week, which is always a hit with the kids.  We have had the Little People Mayflower ship and the Thanksgiving dinner set for years.  All 3 kids still love playing with these when I bring them out in November each year!

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I tried something new this week, to “attract” Ladybug to some of the activities that sometimes get overlooked.  I added little 3M hooks and a metal ring to a few items and hung them up. This worked and she seemed to like the display.

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She also had a basket filled with our Thanksgiving books, which we read from all week.Thanksgiving Theme Tot School-4081

She is a big book fan, and will often be found like this…Thanksgiving Theme Tot School -4302

{All Thanksgiving printables in her notebook, and on her trays are pinned to my  Thanksgiving  theme pinterest board!}

In addition to her trays/shelves, I also had an activity notebook ready for her, filled with Thanksgiving printables she might enjoy. Here she was tracing a turkeyThanksgiving Theme Tot School-4101

She loves the little counting books, this one was from this pack.Thanksgiving Theme Tot School -4316

I added in the pages with numbers 11-20 to see how she would do and she enjoyed the challenge!  We counted these together, since she still gets tripped up going from 13 to 14, often leaving one out. I wrote little numbers on each picture as we counted together before she dot painted the answer.Thanksgiving Theme Tot School -4322

She enjoyed singing her ABCs and working her way through the letter path with the dot paintThanksgiving Theme Tot School -4328

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She decorated her supply caddy this week.  She’s super proud of it now!Homeschool-4290

I love these math games, and used the easiest one with Ladybug.  My mom sent up these neat magnets from Staples recently and we used them as markers.  She rolled the die and marked the correct number until we found them all!Thanksgiving Theme Tot School-4083

We read I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie and sequenced the story all together on our cookie sheet, using these printables {laminated with magnets attached}. Thanksgiving Theme Tot School-4092

They colored each item as it came in the story…Thanksgiving Theme Tot School-4088

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She traced a few cards, but wasn’t too interested in tracing this week.Thanksgiving Theme Tot School-4109

She LOVED the Turkey Feathers song.  We must have done this activity at least 3 times each day.Thanksgiving Theme Tot School-4260

Loading up the Mayflower and simply playing was the main part of her school time.  Funny how my blog makes it seem like she sits at a table all day long, when in reality she spends 99% of her time just playing.  Her table school time is only at her request and usually only about 30 minutes per day, unless she wants more!Thanksgiving Theme Tot School-4086

Reading is one of her very favorite activities, and her AlphaTales books are a frequent choice, she loves these books!  Once we add a letter {when we do a new Animal ABC unit} I add it to our big stack.  Now that we are almost done, she has a lot to choose from!  We will be using these again with RRSP when we begin in January!Homeschool-4299

The cat likes to read too, and will often catch her off guard!  Ladybug is moody about the cat, sometimes she loves the attention, and other times Stella invades her personal space and Ladybug lets her know.

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Thanksgiving ~ Just Color!

Just Color Thanksgiving

Ladybug and Krash love to color, which is new for me since PacMan disliked it as a younger child.  There are days when I can’t get enough coloring pages printed out for them, let alone hop online and download one page at a time like most coloring freebies online are.

I plan to take the idea of Just Color! and make simple theme packs all focused around coloring.  There are mostly coloring pages, and a few coloring activities {color by word, color by #/letter, find and color, count and color, etc.}.

The coloring pages are all in one download to make it easier to download and print all at once, in case you have coloring monsters like I do!

It made sense for me to begin with Thanksgiving coloring activities as my first set, and I have many more already in the works!  I hope many of you who have coloring fans like I do will enjoy these printables!

Remember, if you want to make a mini coloring book, you can always scale down PDF files!

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