Thanksgiving is a fusion of various activities, each contributing to making it an extraordinary celebration. What about adding a touch of poetic flavor to our festivities? A poetry competition for children before family get-togethers or after sumptuous meals could add an enriching literary element! Of course, there will be prizes for both the winners and participants, ensuring that everyone is included and acknowledged.
To make things easier for you, we have curated Thanksgiving poems for your young ones. With the help of this collection of Thanksgiving poems, you can start a conversation in another way. Oh, and squash pie and literature are a terrific combination, so have a bite (or two)!
1. Thanksgiving Day Poem
“Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.”
– Edward Sandford Martin
3. First Thanksgiving
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Venison for stew and roasting,
Oysters in the ashes toasting,
Geese done to a turn,
Berries (dried) and wild grapes (seeded)
Mixed with dough and gently kneaded~
What a feast to earn!
Indian corn in strange disguises,
Ash cakes, hoe cakes (many sizes),
Kernels roasted brown…
After months of frugal living
What a welcome first Thanksgiving
There in Plymouth town.
By Aileen Fisher
4. Nature, Autumn
The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry’s cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.
The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I’ll put a trinket on.
By Emily Dickinson
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5. Thank You, Thanksgiving
You give us a day to
with family and friends and
a whole bunch of food;
with turkey and gravy
and green beans and hams
and cranberry sauce
and potatoes and yams.
you are second to none.
So, thank you, Thanksgiving!
You’re festive and fun.
But, mostly, Thanksgiving,
you’re totally cool
because you’re a couple
of days off from school.
6. Say Grace
Grace before dinner
Thank you, Jesus, for everything on my plate
And for bringing us all together again
The least we can do is say, Grace.
Thank you so much for this good food
Good company, cheers, and memories too!
None of this would be possible without you
So thank you, Jesus, and cheers to you!
7. Five Little Turkeys
Five little turkeys standing at the door,
One waddled off, and then there were four.
Four little turkeys sitting near a tree,
One waddled off, and then there were three.
Three little turkeys with nothing to do,
One waddled off, and then there were two.
Two little turkeys in the morning sun,
One waddled off, and then there was one.
One little turkey better run away,
For soon it will be Thanksgiving Day.
8. A THANKSGIVING DINNER
Take a turkey, stuff it fat,
Some of this and some of that.
Get some turnips, and peel them well.
Cook a big squash in its shell.
Now potatoes, big and white,
Mash till they are soft and light.
Cranberries, so tart and sweet,
With the turkey, we must eat.
Pickles-yes-and then, oh my!
For dessert a pumpkin pie,
Golden brown and spicy sweet.
What a fine Thanksgiving treat!
By Maude M. Grant
9. A THANKSGIVING FABLE
It was a hungry pussy cat,
upon Thanksgiving morn,
And she watched a thankful little mouse,
that ate an ear of corn.
“If I ate that thankful little mouse,
how thankful he should be,
When he had made a meal himself,
to make a meal for me!
Then with his Thanks for having fed,
and thanks for feeding me.
With all his thankfulness inside,
how thankful I shall be!”
Thus mused the hungry pussy cat,
upon Thanksgiving Day.
But the little mouse had overheard
and declined (with thanks) to stay.
By Oliver Herford
10. THE PILGRIM CHILDREN
The pilgrim children
Long ago, learned to live
With ice and snow
They lived in cabins, slept in cold
When nights were long and winds blew cold
But all of them were glad, I’d say
To have that first, Thanksgiving Day
And when they went to bed at night I’d guess their dreams were warm and bright
By Leland B Jacobs
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