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Arthur’s Thanksgiving Writing Prompts (free printable)

Marc Brown’s Arthur series has been a perennial favorite with kids for years. My children enjoy the sweet stories about the lovable anteater, his family, and friends. With November approaching quickly, I knew it was time to plan a Thanksgiving story time. We picked up Arthur’s Thanksgiving recently. The book is the perfect jumping off point for a fun and festive free printable thanksgiving writing prompts. This Arthur’s Thanksgiving activities is perfect for kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade students for a thanksgiving theme in November!

Arthur's Thanksgiving recently. The book is the perfect jumping off point for a fun and festive free printable thanksgiving writing prompts. This Arthur's Thanksgiving activities is perfect for kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade students for a thanksgiving theme in November!

Thanksgiving writing prompts

Make practicing writing fun in November with this super cute and free Thanksgiving Writing Prompts for kindergartners, grade 1, and grade 2 students. This is fun for a Thanksgiving themed week or Arthur’s Thanksgiving Activities based on a book; we just love book based activities to get kids excited about literature while providing a fun, educational learning activity too!

Arthur’s Thanksgiving is a cute picture book chronicling Arthur’s adventures as he directs the class Thanksgiving play. Brown’s narrative is enjoyable for children. The author always does a wonderful job relaying the story without unnecessary text. That balance allows young readers to stay focused and engaged through the entire story. Brown’s illustrations are bright and cheerful. Arthur and the other characters are drawn with lively expressions. Each character has a distinct personality with quirks, so kids easily relate to them.

Arthur’s thanksgiving activities

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Arthur's Thanksgiving Story Time

Thanksgiving books for kindergarten

Side note: Did you know Brown sneaks his children’s names into his illustrations as well? You will often find the words Tucker, Eliza, or Tolon tucked into his books. Hunting for them adds a little extra fun to each of our Arthur read a louds! Can you find all three during your Thanksgiving story time?

Thanksgiving Story Time Turkey

Arthur Thanksgiving

This particular Arthur book touches on Thanksgiving traditions briefly, so it’s a perfect jumping off point for further reading or holiday discussions. As a young direct, Arthur finds he needs to problem solve with his peers as they learn to work as a team. This makes it an ideal choice for addressing flexibility and compromise with children.

Thanksgiving Writing Prompt

Thanksgiving writing activities

Reading about Arthur’s struggles to find a turkey for the school play inspired me to create a Turkey Application. This fun printable writing prompt encourages children to think about what it would be like to be a Thanksgiving turkey.

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Some children may approach the prompts as if they are imagining they are joining Arthur’s play. Others (like my oldest) might find it fun to think about being a real turkey at Thanksgiving! There’s plenty of space for young writers to include their thoughts. The printable application also has a space for drawing, so kids really have the chance to get creative.


This printable would also work well with one of our other favorite Thanksgiving books, A Plumps and Perky Turkey.

Or, if you are looking for a different printable thanksgiving activity to go along with a great book, try Thanksgiving for Emily (with free printable) or  Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie (with printable craft)

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Thanksgiving Printables

Looking for more fun Thanksgiving worksheets and turkey printables to keep kids engaged and make learning fun? You will love these cute ideas and resources:

FREE Thanksgiving Hundreds Chart - these coloring pages for kindergarten and first grade kids are a fun way to work on the 100s chart, counting to 100, number recognition and strengthening fine motor skills while revealing hidden pictures. Perfect for thanksgiving themed activity #thanksgiving #kindergarten #math Turkeys Counting 

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Thanksgiving Writing Prompts

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Kate is a former fashion designer turned (semi-reluctant) stay at home mom. She turned to blogging at Homebound But Hopeful as a creative outlet following the birth of her third son. Kate is a life-long learner and bookworm, working to pass on her love of literature to her children.

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