12 Quick Thanksgiving Videos for Kindergarten

Bring Thanksgiving to life with kindergarten Thanksgiving videos. Here is a collection of favorite Thanksgiving videos for kindergarten.

Whatever you need – here are Thanksgiving-themed books read aloud, brain break videos, and some learning videos that can help you teach.

Thanksgiving-themed stories

These stories are good read-alouds for Thanksgiving. They are fun and keep the holiday age-appropriate.

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‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

If you have a favorite read-aloud – search for it on Youtube! It’s a fun and different way to present the book to your kinders. I like ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving in video format actually better than I like reading it aloud myself. 

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Turkey Trouble

My all time favorite Thanksgiving-themed book is Turkey Trouble. In fact, I would totally show this video at some point during a transition and still read it aloud during the week of Thanksgiving.

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Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving

Gotta love Pete the Cat! If you need another way to reinforce the history behind the story of Thanksgiving, then this video of Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving being read aloud  is a good option.

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A Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving

Oh, so classic! A Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving… okay so this one may or may not fly with your kindergarten class but my nostalgic self makes me want to give it a try. {{sigh}} Guess I’m just a child of the 80’s! Start this one at roughly a minute in.

The Berenstain Bears – Count Their Blessings

Another classic story. I like that Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving story talks about the real blessings in life. It’s not always easy to teach how yes, we can be thankful for toys… but also what are the more important things in life to be thankful for.

Teaching about pilgrims

If you’re looking for some teaching videos to help you explain a bit more about pilgrims, then here are two videos that are concise and teach in a kinder-friendly way.

They Were the Pilgrims

A video list for kindergarten is almost incomplete without a Harry Kindergarten video {am I right?!?}. This ‘They Were the Pilgrims’ video will reinforce what you’ve taught about the challenges the pilgrims faced.

The Story of Thanksgiving

Get the overview story of Thanksgiving in 3 minutes told by Plymouth Rock. Ha! This cartoon version will remind you of a ‘Frosty the Snowman’ animation style. It focuses on the Thanksgiving dinner as opposed to an in-depth version of the back story of Pilgrims coming to America.

Thanksgiving songs

Songs give students the opportunity to learn concepts put to music in order to access a different part of the brain and learn more quickly.

Thanksgiving Feast


What are the things we eat at Thanksgiving? This repetitive little song is to the tune of “Brother John.” Your kids will be singing along to this kindergarten Thanksgiving video.

Ten Little Turkeys

Identify the rhyming words in this 10 Little Turkeys fingerplay song. Have your kinders clap, stomp or flap their turkey feathers when they hear rhyming word pairs like “away/stay” or “pen/hen.”

Little Pilgrim

Here is a song to sing at a Thanksgiving celebration. Do you need a cute song to perform for parents at a Thanksgiving celebration?

This little pilgrim song is ideal! Students can sing to the tune of Baa Baa Black Sheep – just add some simple hand motions and you’re set to go!

Brain breaks – Get up & dance

Brain breaks give students the opportunity to break from focusing by moving to music in order to recharge.

Turkey Hokey Pokey

Get your kinders up and moving with a fun Thanksgiving version of the hokey pokey. Put your wings and stuffing in and out {wink} This is a great transition video or end of the day option to get a little silly.

A Turkey Dance

This fun to-the-beat brain break for Thanksgiving is a cute repetitive video. Your kinders will have the moves down by the end and saying, “Gobble Gobble Gobble” as they go about their day.

Let’s wrap it up

There you have it – my list of Thanksgiving videos for kindergarten.

I hope this kindergarten Thanksgiving videos list of brain breaks, fingerplays, read-alouds, and stories can come in handy since it has been teacher-pre-screened for you!

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