Best Thanksgiving Poems for Kids

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Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching. And what’s best than having some sweet lectures with your kids as the Holiday arrives.

This is now the best time to share with you a wide compilation of fun poems about Thanksgiving – from short rhymes about turkeys, to Thanksgiving meals, the Pilgrims and much more. Enjoy those poems with your children.

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1. A Thanksgiving Dinner by Maude M. Grant

Take a turkey, stuff it fat,
Some of this and some of that.
Get some turnips, 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 a dessert a pumpkin pie,
Golden brown and spicy sweet.
What a fine Thanksgiving treat!

2. A Thanksgiving Fable by Oliver Herford

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.

3. All In A Word, By Aileen Fisher

Tfor time to be together, turkey,talk and tangy weather
Hfor harvest stored away, home and hearth and holiday
Afor Autumn’s frosty art, and abundance in the heart
Nfor neighbors and November, nice things, new things to remember
Kfor kitchen, kettle’s croon, kith and kin expected soon
Sfor sizzles, sights and sounds, and something special that abounds
That spells THANKS for joy in living
And a jolly good Thanksgiving.

4. First Thanksgiving by Aileen Fisher

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!

5. The Pilgrim Children by Leland B Jacobs

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

6. Gobble, Gobble by Lynn Beaird

A turkey is a funny bird,
His head goes wobble, wobble.
He knows just one funny word-
Gobble, gobble, gobble.

7. I Went Hungry On Thanksgiving by Jack Prelutsky

I was hungry on Thanksgiving
But I couldn’t eat a thing
I couldn’t eat a drumstick
And I couldn’t eat a wing
I couldn’t have the pickles
Or the gravy covered rice
The pumpkin pie was luscious
But I couldn’t have a slice
I was starving for some stuffing
Or a tasty yellow yam
Or a puffy little muffin
Spread with homemade berry jam
Our dinner looked delicious
But I didn’t dare to touch
I went hungry on Thanksgiving
My new braces hurt too much!

8. Thanksgiving by Marchette Chute

I’m glad that I was good today
As good as I was able
I’m glad to be inside this house
And sitting at this table
I’m glad that it’s Thanksgiving Day
And all the world is merry
And I’m glad I have a fork
And that the pie is cherry.

9. The Little Girl And The Turkey by Dorothy Aldis

The little girl said
As she asked for more:
“But what is the Turkey
Thankful for?”

10. Thanksgiving Day by Lydia Maria Child

Over the river, and through the wood,
To grandfather’s house we go;
The horse knows the way
 To carry the sleigh
 Through the white and drifted snow.

Over the river, and through the wood—
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes
And bites the nose
As over the ground we go.

Over the river, and through the wood,
To have a first-rate play.
Hear the bells ring
Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!

Over the river, and through the wood
Trot fast, my dapple-gray!
Spring over the ground,
Like a hunting-hound!
For this is Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river, and through the wood,
And straight through the barn-yard gate.
We seem to go
Extremely slow,—
It is so hard to wait!

Over the river and through the wood—
Now grandmother’s cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun!
Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin-pie!

11. One DayIs There Of The Series by Emily Dickinson

One day is there of the series
Termed “Thanksgiving Day”
Celebrated part at table
Part in memory –
Neither Ancestor nor Urchin
I review the Play –
Seems it to my Hooded thinking
Reflex Holiday
Had There been no sharp subtraction
From the early Sum –
Not an acre or a Caption
Where was once a Room
Not a mention whose small Pebble
Wrinkled any Sea,
Unto such, were such Assembly,
‘Twere “Thanksgiving day”

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