A Turkey for Thanksgiving Activities

Thanksgiving is coming up and you still haven’t picked a book to read to your kids? We’ve got you covered. Our A Turkey for Thanksgiving activities are just what you need!

A Turkey for Thanksgiving is a great choice for a holiday read aloud – it’s about a turkey who gets saved from becoming dinner and learns the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

Your preschoolers are going to love using these worksheets to further enjoy the book!

Print them out and add them to your Thanksgiving preschool activities this holiday season.

These free preschool printables are a fun way for preschoolers to work on early learning skills alongside your next reading of this fun Thanksgiving story.

A Turkey for Thanksgiving Activities

Below, you’ll find some fun teaching ideas and a printable book companion to help make this a meaningful read-aloud for your kids.

After reading the story with your kids, choose a fun snack, craft, or activity to extend the experience.

The book companion below goes perfectly with this story. The activities will help you dig deeper into the book with your kids.

If you don’t have a copy of A Turkey for Thanksgiving on hand, you can show the video below to your kids before moving onto the activities.

Fun Connections to Make

There are so many fun things that kids can do to learn about Thanksgiving. One activity is to read the book A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting.

Another fun thing to do is to print out these activities that go along with the book. There are also some cool things that kids can learn by celebrating Thanksgiving themselves!

• Animals – There are many animals featured in this story. Can your child identify them all? Do your children know where the various animals live and the sounds they make?

• Traditions – Mrs. Moose is busy preparing for the holiday. She puts out her decorations and prepares dinner for her friends. What traditions do your preschoolers know about their holiday celebrations?

• Thanksgiving Dinner – Mrs. Moose is sure to have something for everyone at her dinner table. What foods does your preschoolers want on their Thanksgiving dinner table? Maybe you can host a Thanksgiving dinner in your classroom.

A Turkey for Thanksgiving Worksheets

This pack of book-based worksheets is perfect for your Thanksgiving lesson plans. There are five activities which include:

Trace the Lines

Children will strengthen motor skills and pencil control as they trace a path from Mr. Moose to Mrs. Moose. They can then color Mr. and Mrs. Moose, of they’d like.

Big or Small

Children will follow the color code to color the turkeys according to their size – big or small. This is a great way to practice reading color words while working on visual discrimination skills.


Children will draw a line to connect the matching animals. They can then color the animals, if they’d like.

Design a Sign

When Mr. Moose finds Turkey, he sees a “do not disturb” sign and a “no turkey here” sign.

Encourage your preschoolers to design a sign of their own. They can draw a picture, or they can dictate a message for you to write on the sign for them.

Sight Word Hunt

The final activity in this printable features nine beginning sight words from the story. Print and laminate the sight words cards. Cut the cards apart and hide them around the room.

Send your children on their own turkey hunt. As they find a turkey card, have them read the sight word to you.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to teach your little ones about the history and traditions of the holiday. And what better way to do that than with a fun, turkey-themed book?

Here are a few of our favorites:

How to Catch a Turkey by Adam Wallace is a cute story! A turkey is running loose in a school right before a Thanksgiving play. Can YOU help catch it so the show can go on? Follow along as students turn their school upside down trying to catch the turkey, ending with a twist that ensures no turkeys are harmed (or eaten!). 

Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano is a hilarious book about a turkey who doesn’t want to be eaten for Thanksgiving. He tries all sorts of disguises, but will anything work?

A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman is sure to get a giggle from your little ones. When the people of Squawk Valley find themselves without a turkey for their Thanksgiving feast, they hatch a plot to lure one into town: They’ll advertise for a “model” turkey to pose during a turkey-themed arts-and-crafts fair. Once the model is finished posing, he’ll make the perfect main course for the Squawk Valley Thanksgiving feast. But the citizens of Squawk Valley don’t plan on meeting up with a turkey as sly as Pete―a bird so clever, he just may outsmart them all!

These books are sure to get your little ones in the Thanksgiving spirit while also providing some valuable lessons.

So grab one (or all!) and enjoy some quality reading time together.


• Let your little ones engage in hands-on learning with the Turkey Feather Count & Sort Activity.

• These funny turkey tees are perfect for the whole family!

• Add pilgrim and turkey peg dolls to your small world play area this holiday season.

• A paper Thanksgiving-themed table cover to color is perfect for the kids table!

More Thanksgiving Book-Based Printables

If you’re looking for a fun and educational book to read with your kids, be sure to check out A Turkey for Thanksgiving.

In addition to the book, there are also several fun printables and activities that kids can do to learn more about Thanksgiving.

So if you’re looking for a way to add some excitement to your homeschool lesson plans, be sure to check out A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting!

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