You’re going to love all of these fun and varied Thanksgiving Singing Time ideas and activities perfect to use in your Primary this November! There’s an assortment of activities from all about gratitude to Thanksgiving traditions and fun games your Primary children will love!
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Thanksgiving Song List
Head over to this master list post of more than 70 songs perfect for Fall or Thanksgiving Primary songs list! There’s a bit of everything from thankful songs to family gathering (family history) to reverence and more themes you’ll love to include this Fall!
12 Thanksgiving Singing Time Ideas
This post will help you find all of my Fall and Thanksgiving teaching ideas around this blog. Plus, I’m also sharing additional favorite lesson plans from other Primary music leaders at the end of this post!
1. Fall Thank-FALL Leaves
Fill your Primary room with these adorable falling fall leaves in this Thank FALL Leaves Singing Time activity! There’s several different ways to use it to best fit your Primary’s needs.
2. Thanksgiving Thankful Turkey
You’ll love bringing it this colorful and fun hand drawn turkey into Singing Time to show off all the things your Primary is thankful for as they add feathers to the back of this Thanksgiving Thankful Turkey!
3. Thanksgiving Pick a Pie
Have fun with an assortment of yummy pies, everyone’s favorite part of Thanksgiving, with a bunch of different ways to use this Thanksgiving Pick a Pie activity including a pie face idea!
4. Thanksgiving Feast
Hold your own Thanksgiving Feast in the Primary room with this cute themed activity all about food! It’s easy and straight to the point connecting one of the meal items with a song to sing perfect for the season.
5. Thanksgiving Word Search
Search for different Thanksgiving themed words and then sing a connected song in this fun and easy no-prep Thanksgiving Word Search activity.
6. Break a Wishbone
Bring in this favorite Thanksgiving tradition and let the kids take their turn to Break a Turkey Wishbone! There’s an option for the winner (larger piece) to pick a song and the other helper (smaller piece) to help lead the song so both of the Primary children get to help in someway!
7. Hands of Thanks
Use these hand-drawn hands to share 5 things you’re thankful for and make a goal to say thanks each day – a great tie into hands and prayer in this Hands of Gratitude activity and Helping Hands idea. You can use the hands later to pick your next helper as you randomly draw one “helping hand.”
8. Thanksgiving Thankful Chain
Make a simple Thanksgiving Thankful Chain with different things each child in the room is thankful for and hang it up in your Primary room! It will cheer up the room as you count down to Thanksgiving and share some of the different thankful things throughout the month.
9. Share the Harvest
Bring in a variety of fall vegetables and let the kids Share the Harvest in this fun Singing Time game! Just pass the pumpkin or the gourd and share a thankful quote as you follow one of the several ideas in the post for how to play!
10. Fall Bobbing for Apples
This classic Bobbing for Apples game can come to life in your Primary room by letting the kids pick a laminated and floating apple in a bowl of water or pick one pinned up on a line in this beloved fall tradition!
11. Children All Over the World
A wonderful song to sing for Thanksgiving is Children All Over the World as you share the theme of gathering together with loved ones for Thanksgiving. This song is also perfect for sharing thank you in a variety of different languages which makes it so fun to teach for this holiday!
12. Hot & Cold Find the Turkey
A go to game that take NO prep is to play a game of Hot & Cold with a fall or Thanksgiving theme. You’l love my Hot & Cold Game Packet that includes 26 different cards to hide throughout the year including a Pumpkin, Turkey, and Fall leaves!
More Fall (& Halloween) Activities
I’ve included my MOST fall themed and Thanksgiving singing time ideas above, but I have even more activities with fall (and Halloween) theme in my other post. Specifically, you might like the pumpkin patch, pick a candy corn, I’ll link here.
11 More Thanksgiving Singing Time Ideas
If you’re looking for even more inspiration, I’ve sourced some of my favorite ideas for other Primary Music Leaders to help you teach this song in fun and varied ways.
1. If You’re Happy – Thankful Things!
Sing through the cute song If You’re Happy and You Know it, but replace happy with thankful and let the kids pick one of these cute actions to pair with the song! This cute idea comes from The Primary Pad and you can grab the printable cue cards over on her blog here.
2. Roll & Draw a Turkey
The kids will think this cute Roll and Draw a Turkey activity is so fun, and it’s super easy, too. Just roll a dice and see which body part to add or draw and then sing through your song of choice. You can grab the free printable guide on Sunbeam Singing blog here.
3. Thanksgiving Headbandz Game
Pick a variety of keywords from your song of choice and write them out on an index card. Then, Invite a child to wear their turkey feather headband. The rest of the Primary children will sing out the keyword extra loud! See if your helper can guess the missing word. See all the details on how to play this game over on i heart primary music.
4. Thanksgiving Giving Machine
This idea reminds me of the Light the World giving machines that come out in November and December and it’s a cute theme to tie into your November singing time activities! Fill your giving machine with things to be thankful and then sing a song that coordinates. Find the original idea and more details in this Facebook post here.
5. Thanksgiving Turkey Spin
Use a cute spinner with a turkey theme! Each color represent to sing a song, say something you’re thankful for, or learn how to say thank you in a different language! See all the details in Charity’s facebook post here.
6. Search the Turkey Guts (Facebook Group)
7. Dig for Songs in a Pile of Leaves (Facebook Group)
8. Brother Turkey (Facebook Group)
9. Turkey Hunt (Facebook Group)
10. Hit the Turkey (Primarily Singing Blog)
11. Thankful Tree (Facebook Group)
For more activities for the holidays, see these 100+ Christmas Singing Time ideas!
What other fun singing time ideas have you tried? We’d love to see your fun ideas! Share them in the comments to add to this list.