Thanksgiving Poems for Kids

Michele Meleen
Contributor: Lori Soard
Boy with thanksgiving drawing

Celebrate Thanksgiving at home, in school, or at church using poems written for kids about the holiday. Thanksgiving poems for kids help children learn about Thanksgiving and share their perspective on the special day. From turkey poems for preschoolers to educational thanksgiving poems for children, these poems add something special to the holiday.

Short Thanksgiving Poems for Kids

Short Thanksgiving poems are the perfect holiday activity for preschoolers and kindergarteners because they're easy to write and remember. Kids can recite these cute poems as part of a Thanksgiving show complete with pilgrim costumes or share them at the family dinner table. Short Thanksgiving poems for preschoolers and younger kids also work great on craft projects or as Thanksgiving table readings.

Dear Mr. Turkey

By Michele Meleen

Dear Mr. Turkey,
I love the way you gobble
and all those colored feathers,
but the part of you
that's truly sweet
is the part I get to eat!

Today We Feast!

By Michele Meleen

On New Year's eve, we stay up late
for Valentine's, we love.
Easter brings us candy and eggs
July 4th sends fireworks above.
On Halloween, we dress up for treats
But when these days have ceased
Comes Thanksgiving, which I love
because today we feast!

Time for Turkey

By Lori Soard

It's time for turkey
gobble gobble
It's time for pumpkins
orange and fat
It's time for family
brothers, sisters
It's time for thank you
for this and that
It's time for turkey
Gobble gobble it all up!

Funny Kids' Thanksgiving Poems

Funny thanksgiving poems will capture any kids' attention and create fun new holiday memories. Add these poems to Thanksgiving placemats, or use them as short speeches in a holiday recital.

Sharing Is Caring

By Michele Meleen

Sharing is caring
and sometimes daring
when someone is glaring
or maybe staring
at the piece of turkey, I'm tearing
with no plans of sharing!

Thanks to You

By Michele Meleen

Thanks to you
I've stuffed my belly
now I'm ready for a nap!

Thanksgiving is only fun
if you don't get caught
in the turkey sleep trap!

Now thanks to you
I've missed the games
and started drooling on Grandma's lap!

Cute little girl having fun while about to bite a stuffed turkey during Thanksgiving dinner in dining room

Interactive Thanksgiving Poems for Kids

Thanksgiving poems for kids provide a wonderful teaching opportunity for parents and teachers to use with children by encouraging kids to express their knowledge of the history of this special day. Get the young kids at a family dinner together and teach them a poem to perform or try one altogether, adults and kids.

Gobble Gobble

By Lori Soard

Gobble gobble, turkey day (put right hand up behind head and wiggle fingers like you are wearing feathers)
Lots of pie to put away (make the motion of eating a pie with a fork)

Turkey, dressing, fresh yellow corn (cross arms and act as if you are holding something)
We'll be full till Christmas morn (rub tummy with right hand as though stomach is full)

Falling leaves, fresh crisp apples (start with both hands over the head and bring them down, wiggling fingers to show leaves falling)
Full of smiles, pumpkins dappled (put forefinger on each side of mouth and smile big)

Thank you thank you for it all (hold palms flat against mouth and bring them down to waist length with palms now facing up - repeat)
Thanksgiving Day, we'll have a ball (put hands on hips and left foot out)

Give Them Thanks

By Michele Meleen

Give, give, give them thanks (alternate reaching out each hand as if giving something)
For sharing all their food (alternate bringing hands to mouth as if eating)
Yummy, yummy, yummy, yummy (rub belly in a circular motion)
Everyone we must include! (reach arms out wide then pull them in to a self hug)

Give, give, give them thanks (alternate reaching out each hand as if giving something)
For being kind today (smile and shake hands with self or person next to you)
Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you (point to a different person each time you say "thank you")
For making Thanksgiving Day! (all join hands)

Children's Thankfulness Poems

Poems about thankfulness remind kids of the best parts of the holiday and the many things they have to be thankful for. Use these as Thanksgiving poems for teachers or parents in holiday gifts made from Thanksgiving arts and crafts projects. Kids can customize the poems by changing out some of the people and items for things and people in their lives.

Favorite Things About Thanksgiving

By Lori Soard

Favorite dessert and favorite cousins
Grandma Mary who calls us "youngins"
Family visiting from out of state
Watching football with Uncle Nate
Pumpkins on the doorstep and in the oven
The house is filled with the smell of turkey stuffin'
Round the table the conversation goes
The words of thankfulness hit a crescendo

Thank you for my favorite dessert and my cousins
Thank you for Grandma Mary who calls us "youngins"
Thank you for family from out of state
Thank you for time spent watching football with Uncle Nate
Thank you for pumpkins on the doorstep and in the oven
Thank you for the smell of that turkey stuffin'
Thank you for another good Thanksgiving
This isn't a year we'll soon be forgetting

How Thankful Am I?

By Michele Meleen

How thankful am I?
Let me count the ways:
One thanks goes out to the turkey we eat
Two thanks for Mom and Dad
Three thanks for potatoes, stuffing, and corn
Four thanks to the desserts I had
Five thanks to my teachers for giving so much
Six thanks to the rooms in my house
Seven thanks for our ancestors
Eight thanks for spills that stayed off my blouse
Nine thanks to my friends who share
Ten thanks to Thanksgiving everywhere

Sisters holding signs saying 'Giving Thanks' and 'Thankful' on a beautiful autumn day

Educational Thanksgiving Poems for Kids

Poems that include historical facts about the Thanksgiving holiday or those that give thanks to God can be used in lessons at school or at home to provide knowledge. Whether it's an educational Thanksgiving poem for kindergarten or historic Thanksgiving poems for children a bit older, they make learning about this holiday fun.

Historical Perspective

By Lori Soard

The Pilgrims' ship had sailed across the sea
You see, to worship their way, they had to be free

The land was foreign and friends were few
The Pilgrims had left everything they knew

Samoset the Indian taught them how to sow seeds
He knew when winter came, food they would need

Thanks to his help, 1621's fall brought a big harvest
They now had no worries that they would starve

To celebrate this great victory and show they were thankful
They invited the Indians to share in a food-filled table

They played games like Blind Man's Bluff
There was plenty to do and eat, each person had enough

The tradition was started on this day
Americans still celebrate in this way

God Made It So

By Michele Meleen

My cornucopia is full
because God made it so.
He gives me food
to nourish my soul
and share with friends I include.

I have things to be thankful for
because God made it so.
He helps me pray
for those close and far
as we celebrate Thanksgiving Day.

Tips for Kids Writing Thanksgiving Poetry

Once your kids get an idea of what Thanksgiving poetry is like, invite them to create their own poems. Participating in Thanksgiving activities and brainstorming sessions can give them inspiration.

  • Jot down what you are thankful for then write why you are thankful for each of these things as a free verse poem
  • Choose a person to thank such as a parent, teacher, or God then write the poem to them.
  • Make a list of Thanksgiving symbols or typical foods, decorations, and traditions then choose one to write about.
  • Make an acrostic poem with the word "Thanksgiving," "thankful," or even "turkey."

Celebrate Thanksgiving With Poetry

Celebrate Thanksgiving at school or at home by sharing poems about the holiday. After a reading, invite everyone to name at least one person or thing for which they are thankful. Save your favorite poems in once place so you can read them year after year.

Thanksgiving Poems for Kids