Thanksgiving poems for kids – almost one for everyday leading up to Thanksgiving Day in November.  Have fun reading and acting out the humorous Thanksgiving poems for kids with your kids or grandkids. We find this is a fun way to spend time together while we are waiting for Tom Turkey to be ready for our Thanksgiving feast!

21 Thanksgiving Poems for Kids

Thanksgiving Poems for Kids #1

Thanksgiving Dinner

I ate too much Turkey, I ate too much corn,
I ate too much pudding and pie.
I’m stuffed up with muffins and too much stuffin’
I’m probably going to die.

I piled up my plate and I ate and I ate.
But I wish I had known when to stop,
For I’m so crammed with yams, sauces, gravies, and jams
That my buttons are starting to pop!

I’m full of tomatoes and french fried potatoes
My stomach is swollen and sore,
But there’s still some dessert so I guess it won’t hurt if
I eat just a little bit more!

Thanksgiving Poems for Kids #2

Twas the Night of Thanksgiving

Twas the night of Thanksgiving, but I just couldn’t sleep
I tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned — the dark meat and white,
but I fought the temptation with all of my might.
Tossing and turning with anticipation,
the thought of a snack became infatuation.
So, I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door
and gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore.

I gobbled up turkey and buttered potatoes,
pickles and carrots, beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling so plump and so round,
till all of a sudden, I rose off the ground.
I crashed through the ceiling, floating into the sky
With a mouthful of pudding and a handful of pie
But, I managed to yell as I soared past the trees ….
Happy eating to all — pass the cranberries, please!

Thanksgiving Poem for Kids #3

Thanksgiving Time

Thanksgiving is a time we
Gather together to give thanks with friends and family.
Pies are baked and potatoes peeled,
And Mr. Turkey is found in the field.
We all give thanks for this great land,
And remember the first pilgrims who were helped by the Indians.

Thanksgiving Poem for Kids #4

Thanksgiving Start

When the pilgrims came to this new land,
They met the natives and shook their hands.
They had a feast with turkey and corn,
And that was when Thanksgiving was born!

Thanksgiving Poems for Kids #5


T… is for our thankfulness for many joys and blessings…
H… is for our homes so warm and bright…
A… is for autumn, time for harvest and abundance…
N… is for nature’s beauty and delight…
K… is for the kitchens where good food is cooked with love…
S… for spicy fragrances in the air…
G… is for the gathering of family and friends…
I… for the inheritance we share…
V… is for the vision that the Pilgrims held so dear…
I… is for high ideals in all they planned…
N… is for our native country brave and great and free…
G… for God’s great goodness to our land.

Thanksgiving Poem for Kids #6

Thanksgiving Day Poem

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.

Thanksgiving Poems for Kids #7

Thanksgiving Time

When all the leaves are off the boughs,
And nuts and apples gathered in,
And cornstalks waiting for the cows,
And pumpkins safe in barn and bin,
Then Mother says, “My children dear,
The fields are brown, and autumn flies;
Thanksgiving Day is very near,
And we must make thanksgiving pies!”

Thanksgiving Poems for Kids #8

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.

Thanksgiving Poems for Kids #9

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made a difference.

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

Thanksgiving Poems for Kids #10

Thanksgiving Is…

Thanksgiving is…
a time of gratitude to God, our Creator and Provider,
whose guidance and care go before us…
and whose love is with us forever.

Thanksgiving is…
a time to reflect on the changes,
to remember that we, too, grow and change
from one season of life to another.

Thanksgiving is…
a time of changing seasons, when leaves turn golden
in Autumn’s wake and apples are crisp
in the first chill breezes of fall.

Let us remember the true meaning of Thanksgiving.
As we see the beauty of Autumn,
let us acknowledge the many blessings which are ours…
let us think of our families and friends..
and let us give thanks in our hearts.

Thanksgiving Poems for Kids #11

Mr. Turkey

(to the tune of Yankee Doodle)

Mr. Turkey, better watch out.
Thanksgiving Day is coming.
If you’re not careful, you’ll end up
In someone’s hungry tummy!
Mr. Turkey, run, run, run.
Please run away and hide.
Mr. Turkey, run, run, run.
Don’t wait around outside.

Thanksgiving Poems for Kids #12

Turkey Warning

Tell me, Mr. Turkey,
Don’t you feel afraid
When you hear us talking
‘Bout the plans we’ve made?

Can’t you hear us telling
How we’re going to eat
Cranberries and stuffing
With our turkey meat?

Turkey, heed my warning:
Better fly away;
Or you will be sorry
On Thanksgiving day.

Thanksgiving Poems for Kids #13

At Grandma’s House

I like the taste of turkey
Any time throughout the year
But it never
seems to taste as good
As when Thanksgiving’s here.

Could be it’s all the trimmings
That are cooked with it to eat-
But I think it’s
eating at Grandma’s house
That makes it such a treat!

Thanksgiving Poems for Kids #14

Holiday Letters

T… is for turkey on Thanksgiving Day,
H… is for “Hurry, I’m hungry!” we say.
A… is for Auntie, she works and she mends,
N… is for Native American friends.
K… is for kitchen, the oven’s on low,
S… is for silverware, set in a row.
G… is for Grandma, the one we love most,
I … is for inside, where we’re warm as toast.
V… is for vegetables, eat them we try,
I … is for ice cream on top of the pie.
N… is for never do we have enough dressing,
G… is for Grandpa, who gives thanks for our blessings.

Thanksgiving Poems for Kids #15

A Thanksgiving Alphabet

T…Turkeys, tablespreads, being together,
H…Happiness and homes to protect us from all weather,
A…Aunts and uncles, a reunion in Fall,
N…Nieces and nephews, family members all!
K…Kind-hearted kin coming over for dinner,
S…Surely you’ll have fun, but you won’t get thinner!
G…Gourds and pumpkins, mouths open wide.
I…Indians and Pilgrims we remember with pride.
V…Very special times-there could even be snow.
I…Imagine what it was like at Plymouth long ago.
N…Never forget how the settlers led the way,
G…Giving thanks and blessing this special day.

Thanksgiving Poems for Kids #16

Funny Bird

A turkey is a funny bird,
Its head goes wobble, wobble,
All it knows is just one word,
“Gobble, gobble, gobble.”

Thanksgiving Poems for Kids #17

Five Little Turkeys

5 little turkeys standing by door,
One waddled off, and then there were 4.
4 little turkeys under a treee,
One waddled off , and then there were 3.
3 little turkeys with nothing to do,
One waddled off, and then there were 2.
2 little turkeys in the noon day sun,
One waddled off, and then there was 1.
One little turkey better run away,
For soon will come Thanksgiving day.

Thanksgiving Poems for Kids #18

Mr. Turkey Song

I heard Mr. Turkey say,
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble,
Soon t’will be Thanksgiving day,
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble,
People say that it’s much fun,
But I think I’ll run and run
And hide until the day is done,
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble,

Thanksgiving Poems for Kids #19

Five Fat Turkeys

Five fat turkeys are we.
We spent all night in a tree.
When the cook came around,
We were no where to be found
And that’s why we’re here you see!

Thanksgiving Poems for Kids #20

Turkey Trouble

(to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)

We cooked turkey, nice and hot,
Nice and hot, nice and hot.
We cooked turkey nice and hot
On Thanksgiving Day.
We eat turkey a whole lot,
A whole lot, a whole lot.
We eat turkey a whole lot.
It will not go away!
Sandwiches and soup are fine.
By the way, would you like mine?
Pot pie lasts a long, long time,
It’s turkey every day!

Thanksgiving Poems for Kids #21


The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
The harvest all is gathered in
And chilly north winds blow.
Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain,
So open wide the doorway-
Thanksgiving comes again!

Gobble, gobble…do you have a favorite Thanksgiving poem to share? Which of these 21 Thanksgiving poems do you like the best?

And if you need more Thanksgiving poems for preschoolers, you’ll like these 32 Thanksgiving poems.

I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
Love, Nana