Saturday, November 16, 2013

Thanksgiving Songs for Children

Thanksgiving is traditionally celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. It's a time of family gatherings, a time for gratitude, history, and turkey. Thanksgiving day has always been a fun time with songs and activities to enjoy. Give kids the opportunity to sing their gratitude this Thanksgiving, but don't forget about some fun Thanksgiving songs for children with a "gobble and wobble" too.
Songs of Gratitude
Gratitude is the action of giving thanks and to show appreciation for kindness. This song is a parody to the traditional song "If You're Happy and You Know It." Children love to do the actions as they sing this holiday song.
If you're thankful and you know it, clap your hands
If you're thankful and you know it, clap your hands.
If you're thankful and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it.
If you're thankful and you know it, clap your hands.
Other verses:
If you're thankful and you know it, stomp your feet...
If you're thankful and you know it, shout "I am!"...
If you're thankful and you know it, do all three...
Discuss that Thanksgiving is a special time to give thanks, just like the Pilgrims gave thanks for their plentiful harvest and food. This Thanksgiving song for children is sung to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."
Let's be thankful for this day,
For our friends and our play.
Let's be thankful; let's be glad,
For our food and the things we have.
Let's give thanks for you and me,
And our home and family.
Song of the Pilgrims
The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock on the Mayflower in 1620. The Pilgrims and Native Americans worked together growing crops and harvesting the bounty to celebrate their first Thanksgiving many years ago. Sing this song to the tune of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat."
The Pilgrims sailed away,
Far across the sea.
They came to America,
So they could be free.
The Native Americans
Helped them plant the corn.
Then they shared a great big feast,
Thanksgiving Day was born!

To all my readers, I wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Until next time,
 **All songs were used in my preschool classes and Mommy and Me sessions. Authors are unknown.
Photo courtesy of Tania Cowling, all rights reserved.