Thanksgiving Activities for the Primary Classroom

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Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year- everyone is happy because we are all focusing on giving thanks and what we already have. Plus, I love the leftovers. Below are some activities, music, and more for your Primary Classrooms all about gratitude and thanksgiving. You can also check out my Thanksgiving Traditions page full of quotes, table decorations, and other activities and my Thanks and Giving tree with our own twist (the turkeys would be great for the classroom!). Then of course, there is always Pinterest for even more ideas. 

The following are links to resources unless otherwise stated.

Happy Thanksgiving! 



"A Song of Thanks"- Children's Songbook pg. 20

"Can a Little Child Like Me?"- Children's Songbook pg. 9

"Children All Over the World"- Children's Songbook pg. 16

"Family Prayer"- Children's Songbook pg. 189

"For Health and Strength"- Children's Songbook pg. 21 (round)

"For Thy Bounteous Blessings"- Children's Songbook pg. 21 (round)

"I Am Glad for Many Things"-  Children's Songbook pg. 151

"I Have Two Ears"- Children's Songbook pg. 269

"I'm Thankful to Be Me"- Children's Songbook pg. 11

"I Thank Thee, Dear Father"- Children's Songbook pg. 7

"I Think the World is Glorious"- Children's Songbook pg. 230

"My Heavenly Father Loves Me"- Children's Songbook pg. 228

"Thanks to Our Father"- Children's Songbook pg. 20


See Day 11 of our 2 Weeks of Thanksgiving Scripture Study

Day 12

Day 4

Day 3 (a lot on this day)

Day 1


Elder Hales Talks about Gratitude- Clips from his talk, about 3 1/2 minutes

Give Thanks- Clip from Elder Nelson's talk about 1 1/2 minutes

In the Spirit of Thanksgiving- Random people in New York City saying what they are grateful for- about 5 minutes

The Ten Lepers- Illustrated Scripture story about 1 minute

On Gratitude- The importance of gratitude by President Monson about 2 minutes

Thanks Be to God- About the welfare system, around 3 minutes

The 10th Leper- Elder Ballard discusses the story with some seminary students (5 1/2 minutes)

The Divine Gift of Gratitude- From President Monson (full talk) 23 minutes

Print out several Thank You card templates  and other thankful activities by clicking the image above.


Thanksgiving Chocolate Nugget Wrappers- These wrappers are really cute and fun to handout to your class or use these Kiss Stickers instead (from My Computer Is My Canvas)

A Box of Blessings- Accordion style box to fill with blessings

A Prophet's Counsel- Decode the message from the prophet 

Be a Sunbeam for Jesus- Thankful note template

Thanksgiving Advent Calendar- Give out these trees for the children to add to all month long! (from Time Savors)

Being Thankful- Word search

Count Your Blessings- Follow the path as you list your blessings

Counting My Blessings- Journal pages

Every Blessings that I Enjoy Here- Blessing matching game

Give Thanks- Use this cute banner from Pebbles in My Pocket to decorate your classroom (and home)

Scripture Journal- List blessings on this doorknob hanger

Gratitude Journal- Cover to make one to write in daily

Showing Thanks- Mark the pictures that show ways of thanksgiving and draw your own

Gratitude Journal- Challenge your class to fill up these notebooks as best they can before Thanksgiving! These are made by My Computer Is My Canvas.

Thankful- Poem and place to draw your blessings

Thankfulness- Decode the message to discover true gratitude

Help Me See My Blessings- Hidden objects picture (scroll to bottom)

When Thou Risest in the Morning- Bright Idea poster

Live in Thanksgiving Daily- Bright Idea poster