Free DIY Thanksgiving Puzzles, Vintage Cards and Storytelling Worksheets for Children

Celebrate Thanksgiving with your students this year by engaging them in fun and creative activities that help them learn and grow. We’ve got you covered with our collection of free DIY Thanksgiving puzzles, vintage cards, and storytelling worksheets that are perfect for children. These activities are not just entertaining, but also educational, allowing your kids to develop skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity. Download these resources today and make this Thanksgiving a memorable one for your students.

Thanksgiving Montessori-inspired activities for children

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to introduce practical life activities to children. Montessori is a pedagogy that emphasizes independence, freedom within limits, and respect for children’s natural development. Practical life activities are an essential aspect of the Montessori curriculum as they teach children essential life skills that they can use later in life. With this in mind, here are some fun Montessori activities for children to enjoy over the Thanksgiving holiday.

  1. Cooking Activities
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Cooking activities are perfect for Thanksgiving, and they can also be very educational. You can teach children how to prepare simple Thanksgiving dishes such as mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and stuffing. It’s important to give clear instructions, demonstrate the steps, and provide all the necessary tools and ingredients. Also, ensure the environment is child-friendly and safe, as children will be using sharp knives and hot appliances.

  1. Gratitude Activities

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to teach children about gratitude. You can create a Thanksgiving gratitude tree or a thankful jar. Encourage children to write or draw things that they are thankful for and add to the tree or jar. By doing so, they will learn to appreciate the little things in life and develop a positive mindset.

  1. Cleaning Activities

Thanksgiving means a lot of cleaning up, and it is an excellent opportunity for children to learn about the importance of cleaning. You can introduce cleaning stations throughout the classroom or house where children can clean up their messes. Provide them with child-size brooms, dustpans, and sponges, and show them how to clean up in a variety of settings.

  1. Table Setting Activities

Teach children how to set the table correctly for Thanksgiving dinner. They will be thrilled to have an important role in the meal preparations and will feel a sense of satisfaction knowing they helped. You can demonstrate how to properly set the table or use a placemat that outlines the steps for them.

Thanksgiving Montessori practical life activities are an excellent way to teach children essential life skills while having fun. Cooking, gratitude, cleaning, and table-setting activities are age-appropriate activities that foster independence, responsibility, and a love for learning. By introducing and encouraging these practical life activities, children will develop crucial life skills that will benefit them later in life.

Free Thanksgiving Vintage Printables

Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to come together and celebrate all the things they are thankful for. It’s also a great opportunity to engage children in fun activities that promote learning while having fun. There are free DIY Thanksgiving puzzles featuring vintage cards for children included in the printable that you can use to enhance your Thanksgiving experience.

Here is what’s included

  • Thanksgiving vintage picture cards x 10
  • 3 types of puzzle cutouts
  • Painting prompts with card fragments x 10
  • Storytelling worksheets x 10

Age: Preschool ages 3 – 6 years

Subjects and uses in the classroom:  Thanksgiving Unit, Fine motorPrewriting, History

These activities are great for developing their creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills and for learning to cooperate when working in a small team of peers.

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Thanksgiving Puzzles

Puzzles are fun and challenging ways for children to exercise their critical thinking skills. By solving puzzles, children learn how to problem-solve, use logic, and persevere through challenges.

Print and cut them up into puzzle pieces. These puzzles can be a great addition to your art activities, and fine motor work. It will come in handy if are planning to explore Thanksgiving traditions in your classroom. After cutting up the puzzle pieces, set them up on a tray, and remember to include a poster with a painting as a reference for when they will be working to complete the puzzle. You might like to mount the puzzle sheet onto thick cardboard prior to cutting it up to make it more convenient for little fingers to work on. Use a cutter to cut them up.
I hope these puzzles will be a welcomed activity in your classroom!

Vintage Thanksgiving Cards

Vintage Thanksgiving cards are beautiful pieces of artwork that can be used to teach children about the history and traditions of Thanksgiving. Vintage cards are also great conversation starters and can be used to prompt discussions about what Thanksgiving means to different people.

Here are a couple of ways you may like to use them in your classroom:

  • Print two, four, or six cards per sheet twice for a matching activity or memory game.
  • Print and laminate to display in the classroom for children to observe.

Storytelling Worksheets

There are free storytelling worksheets included that can help children develop their storytelling skills. Storytelling is an important skill for children to develop for their cognitive and language development. Storytelling also helps children learn about themselves and others and helps them develop empathy and understanding.

Your young storytellers will enjoy working with a storytelling worksheet where they are prompted to write/dictate their story inspired by the painting.

The printable contains a printout with card fragments to inspire children to complete the picture while they dip into their creativity.

These free DIY Thanksgiving puzzles, vintage cards, and storytelling worksheets are just a few examples of activities children can engage in during Thanksgiving. By incorporating these activities into your Thanksgiving celebrations, you can enhance your children’s learning and make the holiday even more special. Happy Thanksgiving!

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About Anastasia - Anastasia is an early childhood teacher and the founder of Montessori Nature - a blog about Montessori living and learning and nature-based explorations. With many years of experience working in a Montessori environment and homeschooling her children, she directed her passion for all things Montessori and nature into creating educational resources. You can learn more here and browse her printables on Teachers Pay Teachers.