Thanksgiving writing prompts are a great way to get kids thinking and writing about what they are thankful for this year. When November comes around, we do a daily writing prompt that focuses on what we are thankful for.
We also like to throw in some fun facts, research, and other Thanksgiving writing activities that will encourage them to get creative with their words.
Since we are moving away from the fall writing prompts, I wanted to focus more on the things they are thankful for. This is also a way to get their creative minds thinking on ways to give back to others and so they learn the history of Thanksgiving.
This list of Thanksgiving prompts more towards elementary-aged students. I did some middle school prompts already, so I thought these might work well for the younger kiddos.
Thanksgiving Writing Prompts & Writing Activities for Elementary Students
- What is your favorite thing about Thanksgiving?
- Who are you most excited to see at Thanksgiving?
- If you could invite a famous person to your Thanksgiving dinner, who would it be? Why?
- Imagine if turkeys could fly, where would they go?
- What is your favorite Thanksgiving dessert?
- What is something that is not on the Thanksgiving menu that you wish was?
- If your Thanksgiving turkey could talk, what would he say?
- How many turkeys do you think are served on Thanksgiving around the world?
- If Thanksgiving was in the summer, how would it be different?
- What is something you don't like about Thanksgiving? Why?
- What would you do if it snowed on Thanksgiving Day?
- If you could fly anywhere on Thanksgiving, where would you go?
- If you had to catch your own turkey, how would you do it?
- Name 3 things you are thankful for this year.
- What would you do if there was a giant turkey on the loose?
- If you had to eat Thanksgiving dinner every day, would you enjoy it? Why or why not?
Educational Thanksgiving Prompts
These educational Thanksgiving prompts will allow children to research and learn more about Thanksgiving. To go along with the prompts, print out some fun Thanksgiving articles or facts for them to help answer the questions.
Good kid-friendly sources for educational Thanksgiving articles:
If the kids are savvy enough to navigate around the computer, you can have them research the questions to get the answers.
- What do you think it was like for the pilgrims who came to America?
- Why did the pilgrims come to America?
- Name 3 facts about the pilgrims.
- What language did the pilgrims speak?
- How long was the first Thanksgiving?
- When was the first Thanksgiving celebrated?
- Do other countries celebrate Thanksgiving on the same day?
- Why do you think boat was named the Mayflower?
- Who was Squanto and what did he do for the pilgrims?
- What country did the pilgrims come from?
Easy Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for Kids
To go along with the writing prompts, working on fun Thanksgiving crafts is a great way to keep them engaged. Here are a few good Thanksgiving crafts that kids are sure to love:
- Leaf Turkey Craft
- Thanksgiving I-Spy
- Coffee Filter Leaf Craft from Mombrite
- Thanksgiving Turkey Painted Rock from I Love Painted Rocks
- Pilgrim Hat Crayon Holder by Raising Whasians
- Turkey Handprint Craft by Simple Everyday Mom