11 Best Thanksgiving Poems for Children to Express their Gratitude

11 Best Thanksgiving Poems for Kids

There is a lot that can be taught to children during Thanksgiving, but when teaching little children about this wonderful day, it is important to keep it fun and basic. Let your kids share what they are thankful for, talk about their favourite foods, learn about the Indians and Pilgrims and let them enjoy waddling around like a turkey with these beautiful and funny thanksgiving poems for children.

Thanksgiving Poems to God

With these beautiful, religious thanksgiving poems about blessings, kids can express their gratitude to God.

1. ‘I’m Most Thankful to God’ by Michele Meleen

I’m most thankful to God
on Thanksgiving day.
Because he gave us all things
and he shows us the way.

Thanks be to God;
for this meal of food and drink.
Thanks be to God;
for this family where we link.

Thanks be to God;
for all we have as we pray.
Thanks be to God;
for this Thanksgiving Day.

2. ‘Thanksgiving’ by Wilhelmina Stitch

Thank God for this!
That once again we are alive to greet the spring;
To smell the earth, fresh-washed with rain
To watch each little growing thing;
And, watching, feel each bud and leaf
Are symbols of the death of grief.
To think we’re privileged to see laburnum’s graceful gold cascade;
The pink and white fragility of dainty springtime’s hill and glade;
And seeing, feel the desire to praise,
The Source of all these beauteous days.

Thank God for this!
That we can feel a burgeoning within the heart;
That springtime has the power to heal the wound of grief,
Its pain and smart;
Reveal new and friendly earth where blossom joy and cheer and mirth.

Thank God for this!
We see His face framed in the loveliness of spring,
We see the workings of His grace in every little growing thing.
We see His face, we hear His voice,
Bidding all downcast souls rejoice.

3. ‘God Made It So’ by Michele Meleen

My cornucopia is full
because God made it so.
He gives me food
to nourish my soul
and share it with friends I include.

I have things to be thankful for
because God made it so.
He helps me pray
for those close and far
as we celebrate Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving Poems to Family and Friends

Get your children together at the family dinner and teach them these interactive thanksgiving poems.

1. ‘Blessings for Thankfulness and Giving’ by Michele Meleen

Thanksgiving is the time
where we give so much to others.
We share our thankfulness
to grandmas, grandpas, fathers, and mothers.
We give our time and energy
to create a delicious feast.
But, most of all
we give our all
until our will has ceased.
Bless us as we give and give
every Thanksgiving
as long as we live.

2. ‘When Giving Is All We Have’ by Alberto Rios

We give it because someone gave it to us.
We give it because nobody gave it to us.

We give because giving has changed us.
We give because giving could have changed us.

We have been better for it,
We have been wounded by it—

Giving has many faces: It is loud and quiet,
Big, though small, a diamond in wood-nails.

Its story is old, the plot worn and the pages too,
But we read this book, anyway, over and again:

Giving is, first and every time, hand to hand,
Mine to yours, yours to mine.

You gave me blue and I gave you yellow.
Together we are simple green.

You gave me what you did not have,
And I gave you what I had to live.
Together, we made something greater from the difference.

Funny Thanksgiving Poems

You and your family will surely love these funny thanksgiving poems for children.

1. ‘Thanks to You’ by Michele Meleen

Thanks to you
I’ve stuffed my belly
now I’m ready for a nap!

Thanksgiving is only fun
if you don’t get caught
in the turkey sleep trap!

Now thanks to you
I’ve missed the games
and started drooling on Grandma’s lap!

2. ‘Sharing Is Caring’ by Michele Meleen

Sharing is caring,
and sometimes daring
when someone is glaring,
or maybe staring
at the piece of turkey, I’m tearing
with no plans for sharing!

Other Thanksgiving Poems for Kids

Check out these thanksgiving poems for preschoolers that they will surely love learning, below.

1. ‘I’m Thankful For Turkey’ by Kenn Nesbitt

I’m thankful for turkey.
I’m thankful for yams.
I’m thankful for cranberries,
biscuits, and hams.

I’m thankful for pumpkins.
I’m thankful for cheese.
I’m thankful for gravy,
potatoes, and peas.

I’m thankful for stuffing;
I’m nuts for the stuff.
I’m thankful for eggnog
and marshmallow fluff.

I’m thankful for whipped cream
and ice cream and pies.
I’m thankful for dad’s
double-chocolate surprise.

I’m thankful, Thanksgiving,
for good things to eat.
But mostly I’m thankful
I still see my feet.

2. ‘The Turkey Shot Out of The Oven’ by Jack Prelutsky

The turkey shot out of the oven,
and rocketed into the air.
It knocked every plate off the table,
and partly demolished a chair.

It ricocheted into a corner,
and burst with a deafening boom.
Then splattered all over the kitchen,
completely obscuring the room.

It stuck to the walls and the windows,
it totally coated the floor.
There was turkey attached to the ceiling,
where there’d never been turkey before.

It blanketed every appliance,
it smeared every saucer and bowl.
There wasn’t a way I could stop it,
that turkey was out of control.

I scraped and I scrubbed with displeasure,
and thought with chagrin as I mopped.
That I’d never again stuff a turkey
with popcorn that hadn’t been popped.

3. ‘Time for Turkey’ by Lori Soard

It’s time for turkey
gobble, gobble.
It’s time for pumpkins
orange and fat.
It’s time for family
brothers, sisters.
It’s time for thank you
for this and that.
It’s time for turkey
Gobble gobble it all up!

4. Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day will soon be here
It comes around but once a year
If I could only have my way,
We’d have Thanksgiving every day.

Every holiday is a fun time to teach children something new. This thanksgiving, teach your children these wonderful Thanksgiving poems for kindergarten and preschoolers!

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Gauri Ratnam completed her Masters in English Literature from the University of Pune. She began her journey as a German translator soon after completing her graduation, but later moved on to pursue her passion for writing. Having written for both digital and print media in a varied range of industries, she has the ability to write relatable and well-researched content, benefical for anyone seeking advice or direction.