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Thanksgiving Lapbook


A History Unit Study

Take a break from your regular homeschool curriculum and have a Thanksgiving unit study.

History, culture, and food all come together in this holiday topic. Create a Thanksgiving lapbook to record what you learn. This page will direct you to great books to read and free resources for making a Thanksgiving lapbook or notebook project.

Pictures of Thanksgiving Lapbooks

Vintage Thanksgiving Postcard

Vintage Thanksgiving Postcard

Visit these blogs for photos and ideas for Thanksgiving lapbooks. (After you make yours and blog it, contact me for it to be added here.)

  • Hearts for His Glory Blog
    Photos and a list of resources for their lapbook.The Cooper family used the Hands of a Child Thanksgiving project pack as the foundation of their lapbook.
  • Just Call Me Jamin! Blog
    Jamin used the Knowledge Box Central lapbooking kit for her Thanksgiving lapbook.
  • LaPaz Home Learning
    Although this blogger says her children's product is not a lapbook, it sure looks similar to one. You're sure to get some ideas from her pictures. Be sure to look for how they made the corn!
  • 1+1+1=1 Blog
    These homeschoolers made a Fall Lapbook. Several links for resources are included.
  • Musings of the Dings
    Lois and her son created a lapbook based on the links and ideas here on this lens!
  • I Choose Joy
    This blog entry not only gives nice photographs of a Thanksgiving lapbook but also offers some very fascinating facts!
  • Thanksgiving Lapbook by Zippy (age 8)
    Almost 30 pictures to browse in this Flickr set.
  • Thanksgiving Lapbook by JDBoy (age 5)
    Seventeen more lapbook pics. This is Zippy's brother.
Pumpkin Prints made from a Potato Stamp

Pumpkin Prints made from a Potato Stamp

Reproducible Books about Thanksgiving

These titles from Scholastic and Evan Moor are reproducible, so they can be legally used over and over in your homeschool. Remember, if you make a 3D project that doesn't fit well into a lapbook or notebook, you can photograph it and include the picture instead.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Printables

Make things easy for yourself with these printables! Almost instant minibooks -- for free!

  • FREE Lapbook Kit
    Look for the Thanksgiving Interactive Notebook free download!
  • Minibook about Thanksgiving
    Very simple minibook with images and short sentences. This is appropriate for preK-K.
  • Thankful Minibook
    With this blank minibook, you can write or draw what you are thankful for.
  • Pumpkin Minibook
    Look for the links to the pumpkin book. Each page is a separate PDF. It has black and white images to color and some measuring activities to do.
  • Thanksgiving Minibooks
    Two minibooks are in this PDF -- one is about colors and the other is about things I am thankful for. Appropriate for preK-K.
  • ABC Teach Thanksgiving Themed Printables
    Look through this long list to find something that works for you: coloring pages, memory games, comprehension sheets, postcards, shapebooks, and more.
  • The First Thanksgiving Minibook
    Facts about the first Thanksgiving are featured in this attractive mini-book. For grades 2-4.
  • How Does a Pumpkin Grow
    Cut out these cards to make a sequence set, or assemble them as pages into a mini-book. This PDF starts from a seed and goes to pumpkin pie!
  • Thanksgiving Lesson Plan
    Read through this lesson plan for the links to several printables -- Mayflower, Pilgrim home, and a Thanksgiving minibook.
  • Thanksgiving Flashcards
    Thanksgiving related images laid out in flashcard format in three sizes -- small, medium, and large. Make a memory game or traditional vocabulary flashcards.
  • Turkey Blessings Printable
    This big printable is from Hold That Thought. The turkey's body is composed of a list of your blessings.
  • Thanksgiving from the NWT Literacy Council
    An entire booklet of printables -- puzzles, turkey craft, counting page, a maze, and a grateful page.
  • Life Cycle of the Pumpkin
    Full color cards -- seed, seedling, vine, flower, green pumpkin, ripe pumpkin.
  • Thanksgiving Minibook Templates
    Graphics for a cover to a lapbook and other full color minibook templates to print and cut out: landing at Plymouth Rock, The First Thanksgiving, Turkeys, My Thankful List, and more.
Vintage Fall Postcard

Vintage Fall Postcard

Shape Book Templates

To make shape books, simply make as many copies as you need, and staple them together.

  • Pumpkin, Turkey, and Leaf Shape Books
    These are my favorite shape book patterns because Teacher View offers two options of each one -- a cover and a lined version. Perfect for minibooks! Look for the pumpkin, the leaf, and the turkey.
  • Turkey Shape Book
    A very attractive profile of a turkey with a lot of empty space for drawing or writing.
  • Ship Shape Book
    This book is in a circle shape. Cut more blank circles for the pages of the book.
  • Pilgrim Shape Book
    This realistic drawing of a pilgrim is in a circle shape.
  • Scroll Shape Pattern
    This scroll has a traditional Pilgrim hat at the corner.
  • Pilgrim and Indian Boy and Girl
    These coloring pages would actually make great shape book patterns. Shapes include: Pilgrim Boy and Girl Native American Boy and Girl

Thanksgiving Copy Work and Notebooking

Assign some copywork or handwriting practice with these resources.

Thanksgiving Drawing

Draw things for your minibooks or lapbook cover. If you need help, use these links:

Learn how to draw a turkey.

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Try your hand at drawing a Native American (face).


Thanksgiving Clipart, Images, and Art

  • Karen Whimsey
    Look for these categories -- Thanksgiving, Native Americans, and Fall. All of these images are in the public domain and free for any use.
  • FL Educational Technology Clearinghouse
    Search for whatever Thanksgiving related item you want -- Indian, Pilgrim, pumpkin, turkey, corn, harvest, etc. Each graphic comes in three sizes and in gif format. (To convert the image into a JPEG for better printing quality use this online convert
  • Autumn Clipart
    Look for Autumn in this list to reach a PDF with simple line drawings of leaves, acorns, a pumpkin, a bushel of apples, and a cricket.
  • Antique Thanksgiving Postcards
    The images from old postcards have been used to make free printable placecards. Here's an idea -- make placecards for people present at the First Thanksgiving celebration. Inside the card, write facts about him or her.
  • Thanksgiving and Pilgrim Paintings
    Add a bit of art study to your Thanksgiving study with these links to fine art.
Owl Made from a Pinecone

Owl Made from a Pinecone

Other Thanksgiving Ideas


Choose some of these puzzles for your lapbook. You can laminate them and use a Vis-a-vis pen that can be washed off.

  • Thanksgiving Word Puzzles
    An easy and a hard version of two types of puzzles -- word search and word scramble.
  • Crossword Puzzle
    A fairly easy crossword with clues at the bottom.
  • Printable Jigsaw Puzzles
    Several choices in color or black and white. Laminate for greater durability. Store the pieces in a pocket or envelope attached to the lapbook.
  • Turkey Tic-tac-toe
    A tic-tac-toe grid on a turkey's body. Make your own Thanksgiving themed counters for an adorable lapbook game.
  • Paper Dolls for Thanksgiving
    Eddie and Amy are free paper dolls to print and play with! Look for Pilgrim and Indian costumes on this page!
Turkey Craft

Turkey Craft

Paper Dolls

Making Friends has both Pilgrim paper dolls and Native American paper dolls. These are really adorable, complete with clothes and accessories.

Here is a Pilgrim woman paper doll.

Dress up this turkey paper doll by changing its colorful feathers.

Make a pocket to store your paperdolls in the lapbook.


Ideas for the Cover of your Lapbook

  • Cornucopia Patterns
    Create a beautiful cornucopia overflowing with harvest fruits and vegetables.
  • Thanksgiving Day
    A lovely portait coloring page with a turkey, a tree, a bushel of apples, and pumpkins.
  • Thanksgiving Sheet
    This page has a cute Pilgrim and a Native American smiling at each other. At the top is the word Thanksgiving.
  • Pilgrim and Indian Friendship
    A very nice image to symbolize the partnership of the two peoples on that first Thanksgiving.
  • Dr. Pat's Pilgrim Coloring Book
    These are very realistic and detailed images -- turkey, cornucopia, Miles Standish, John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, Plymouth Colony, etc.

Reader Feedback

AdrianaZoder LM on November 25, 2013:

Jimmie, thank you so much for putting this together. Here I am, two days before Thanksgiving, looking for projects to do with my children and you saved me so much time. :)

traveller27 on November 24, 2011:

Great pictures. Blessed by a travelling angel.

daphnedangerlov1 on November 15, 2011:

This is an awesome idea for my kids to do next week when they are home from school. I'd never heard of lapbooks for Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing the idea and the resources.

HOPEHomeSchoolConsulting on November 10, 2011:

I love the pictures. The feathered turkey is cute!

Shannon from Florida on November 07, 2011:

So many great ideas! Blessed and liked!

Lee Hansen from Vermont on October 12, 2011:

Ah, a bountiful Thanksgiving lens with plenty of activities and learning fun for kids. Blessed ...

JoyAgain on February 28, 2011:

A beautiful lens! I especially appreciate "The Other Perspective of Thanksgiving" segment as I am a Thanksgiving history teacher and reenactor (see my Squidoo profile for a number of lenses related to Thanksgiving :-). Thumbs up!

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on November 08, 2010:

This is certainly an excellent resource for anyone studying about Thanksgiving. I will be sharing this with some of my teacher friends.

anonymous on October 28, 2010:

This lens is beautifully illustrated. Well done.

AHERMITT LM on October 27, 2010:

This is an awesome page, I linked to it in my blog

lemonsqueezy lm on October 06, 2010:

Awesome. Lensrolling to my Creating a Thankful Tree lens. There are great ideas on here... even for those of us who aren't creating lapbooks.

KimGiancaterino on November 22, 2009:

Happy Thanksgiving... Blessed by a Squid Angel.

mommaf8 on November 19, 2009:

Thank you so much for all the hard work you did in gathering these resources for us to use!

I pray you & yours have a blessed, happy Thanksgiving!

Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on November 03, 2009:

Excellent work, Squid Angel blessed!

Carol Goss on November 01, 2009:

Great lens. I am lensrolling to my free thanksgiving printables.

Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on August 17, 2009:

Welcome to the Back to School Group Lensography.

marsha32 on January 31, 2009:

Just me again :)

totosmom on November 24, 2008:

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and this lens is wonderful! thanks

InspiredWritingResearch on November 21, 2008:

From one who has actually stood on the real Mayflower steps in England, - this is a bright, clear and motivating lens. faved!

bidzinger on November 21, 2008:

Very informative resources for homeschool parents! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!! :)

Sara Duggan from California on November 20, 2008:

Great page Jimmie. I am really enjoying all your squidoo pages. You are very good at making them. Not sure if you listed this resource or not but I just came across it today - It is a unit study with questions, vocabulary as well as activities for the Thanksgiving on Thursday book.

Also if you look on the very bottom of that site you'll find the MTH books studies. (many to choose from)

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on November 20, 2008:

I have always thought it would be fun to go back to school, your lens makes me want to do so again (at YOUR school!)


eclecticeducati1 on November 17, 2008:

Thanks for including my blog in this, I am getting so much traffic! :) 5* (of course!)

Mayflowerblood on November 15, 2008:

Excellent home-school resource lens =]

VSP on November 12, 2008:

What an excellent resource. I'll be forwarding this link to the mom's in my homeschool group.

AlisonMeacham on November 08, 2008:

As usual just what I was looking for this month! Excellent resources and links.

GregGiordano on October 15, 2008:

My wife uses lapbooks to help teach our kids a wide range of subjects. This is great information. I will share it with her.

eccles1 on October 11, 2008:

What a nice lens!

Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on September 29, 2008:

The Turkey Time Turkeys stopped by to check out your lens and had a gobbling good time. They especially liked the way your organize your Unit Study information in Lapbooks.

SJMurphy LM on September 26, 2008:

Thank you so much for all the Thanksgiving resources! You've done such a super job at pulling it ALL together. Your lenses are always such a help to our homeschool. Thanks so much for all your hard work. :)

anonymous on August 31, 2008:

Hi Jimmie...what a super lens for home schoolers. Most of my great-nieces and great-nephews were/are home schooled over the last 18 years. I was able to help them some in US History. I'll be sure to show your Lens to them! 5* for you & my faves! Great images too. :-)

LilliputStation on November 02, 2007:

Great job, Jimmie! We are already working on a Thanksgiving lapbook using a combination of HOAC Pilgrims lapbook

gods_grace_notes on October 31, 2007:

Hi Jimmie, This is yet another awesome lens! I haven't created my first lapbook yet, but you keep me inspired. This is a new concept for me, and I'm trying to decide where to begin! I'll send you the link when I finish my Thanksgiving book...thanks for the motivation!

Connie...aka Squid Angel : )

groovyoldlady on October 31, 2007:

This is AWESOME! The girlies and I are definitely going to make a Thanksgiving lapbook this month!

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