The History of Thanksgiving for Kids πŸ¦ƒ

Today we're going to dive into the fascinating history of a very special holiday - Thanksgiving. So, get ready for a fun journey back in time!

Thanksgiving Table Setting


Who's ready for Thanksgiving? I know I am because I'm super excited about being on Thanksgiving break, showing gratitude for all the things that I have, and most of all, the delicious foods that my mom prepares for us on Thanksgiving.


But first, let's introduce the rich history of Thanksgiving to kids with our engaging guide. Let's explore the origins, traditions, and significance of this beloved holiday. Make learning about Thanksgiving a fun and educational experience for children with our insightful journey through history

The History of Thanksgiving for Kids


What is Thanksgiving?


Thanksgiving is a holiday that we celebrate every year on the fourth Thursday of November. On this day, we gather with our families and friends, enjoy a big feast, and give thanks for all the good things in our lives. But have you ever wondered why we celebrate Thanksgiving? Let's find out!


The Pilgrims and Their Journey


The story of Thanksgiving begins in 1620 with a group of people called the Pilgrims. The Pilgrims lived in England, but they weren't happy there because they couldn't practice their religion freely. So, they decided to embark on a long and challenging journey across the Atlantic Ocean to America, which was then known as the "New World".


They sailed on a ship called the Mayflower. The voyage was tough and lasted 66 days, but finally, they reached the shores of what is now Massachusetts.


The Wampanoag People


When the Pilgrims arrived, they found that the land was already home to the Wampanoag people. The Wampanoag were Native Americans who had been living there for thousands of years.


The first winter for the Pilgrims was really hard. They didn't know how to grow food in this new land, and many of them fell ill. But in the spring, the Wampanoag people showed them how to plant corn, beans, and squash and how to hunt and fish.


The First Thanksgiving Feast


The Pilgrims had a very difficult first winter in America. Many of them died from disease and starvation. But the Wampanoag people helped the Pilgrims survive. They taught them how to grow crops and how to fish.


After the Pilgrims' first successful harvest in 1621, they decided to celebrate. They invited the Wampanoag people to join them in a big feast. This celebration lasted three whole days and is often considered the first Thanksgiving.


The menu was a bit different from what we have today. They probably had venison (deer meat), corn, shellfish, and roasted meat, but no one knows for sure if they had turkey or pumpkin pie!


Why Do We Celebrate Thanksgiving Today?


We celebrate Thanksgiving today to remember that first feast and the friendship between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people. It's a day to give give thanks for all the good things in our lives and to spend time with our loved ones. We are thankful for our families, our friends, our homes, our food, and our freedom.


How to Celebrate Thanksgiving


There are many different ways to celebrate Thanksgiving. Some people go to church, while others simply spend time with their loved ones. Many families have traditional Thanksgiving meals, which often include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.


Here are some ideas for how kids can celebrate Thanksgiving:


  • Help prepare the Thanksgiving meal. Kids can help set the table, peel potatoes, or stir the cranberry sauce.
  • Make a Thanksgiving craft. Kids can make turkey handprints, paper plate turkeys, pilgrim hats, or corn husk dolls.
  • Play Thanksgiving games. Kids can play charades, Thanksgiving bingo, or Thanksgiving trivia.
  • Learn about the Wampanoag people. Kids can read books about the Wampanoag people or watch documentaries about their culture.
  • Give thanks. Kids can write a list of all the things they are thankful for, or they can simply say thank you to their loved ones.


Thanksgiving is a special time to give thanks for all the good things in our lives. It is also a time to celebrate our families, our friends, and our country.


So now, when you sit down for your Thanksgiving dinner, you'll know the rich history behind this special holiday. And don't forget, Thanksgiving is not just about the yummy food, it's also about being thankful for what we have. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


And that's the story of Thanksgiving! Isn't it fascinating how a long-ago feast has turned into one of our favorite holidays? Now go enjoy your turkey, and don't forget to say thanks!