Saturday, November 16, 2013

Beginning Reader Thanksgiving Project

Are you looking for a project that teaches young readers to express thankfulness to God? Here is an idea that requires ZERO dollars and very little prep time.


  • large brown paper grocery bags (one for each child)
  • a pie plate (for tracing a pie circle)
  • crayons or markers
  • scissors
  • ruler 
  • magazines (optional)
  • glue sticks (for magazine option)




  • Trace one circle ("pie") for each child. 
  • Cut the pie shape - or allow the kids to do this. (NOTE: This may be difficult for some young children.)
  • Draw up to four sections on each pie. For very young children, you may wish to leave the pie whole.
  • Print the Bible verse in one section of the pie.
  • Create an example pie with drawings (or words) of things the kids may be thankful for.


The Activity

  • Talk about things the children are thankful for (family, homes, food, clothes, pets, friends, good health, toys, etc.).
  • Show the children the pie shapes as well as the example with pictures.
  • Encourage them to drawn (or write) one thing that they are thankful for in each section.
  • Have them add zigzag lines around the edge to represent the pie crust.



  • Use magazine pictures instead of drawings.
  • Take a picture of each child with his family prior to the activity. Have a print out of the family picture for the child to add to his pie.

Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.  1 Chronicles 29:13  (NIV)

How have you taught beginning readers to be thankful for their blessings? Send me your ideas or pictures of the projects, and I will display them. Because of confidentiality, I will cannot post pictures of children. 


Notes from Carol

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