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Grateful Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie: easily the most delicious part of Thanksgiving dinner. This activity is a great way to get children to think about what it means to be grateful and what they can be grateful for. Children will get to express their creativity and begin the conversation about gratefulness.

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Create a delicious looking work of art!

Thanksgiving time is a great time to discuss all we have to be grateful for. The word “thanks” is in the name of the holiday, after all! This activity is a great way to introduce the concept of being thankful and getting children to think about everything they have to be thankful for this year. 

🎵Get inspired: “5 Little Pumpkins” is a great song to sing around Halloween or Thanksgiving!

🎃 Fun fact! Pumpkins are fruits, not vegetables! 

🥧 Did you know? Pumpkin pie used to be made in hollowed out pumpkins with milk and honey over a fire.


For this activity you will need:

Paper Plate

Orange Paint


Brown Construction paper


Glue stick

Cotton Balls



Learning Outcomes




Regulating emotions and attention


Increasingly coping with challenges and disappointments


Step 1:

Start by opening the conversation on what it means to be grateful and give some examples of how you are grateful.

Step 2:

Next, cut up strips about 3-4” long and 1” thick and write out things each child is grateful for. Encourage them to write it on their own if they’re able to; if not, try hand over hand! This will be our crust.

Step 3:

Next, let’s decorate our pie! Paint the paper plate orange and let it dry. Once dry, cut out triangles, from the circle - one for each crust you’ve created.

Step 4:

Now, using your glue stick put some glue on top of the pie slice and sprinkle some sparkles on top. Let it dry.

Step 5:

Don’t forget your “marshmallows”! Using your glue stick, add a couple of cotton balls to the top of your pie.

Step 6:

Finally, let’s add the crust. Put a line of glue on the top part of the pie slice and glue down the brown construction paper we cut out earlier. Let it dry completely and hang in a visible place to remember what we have to be grateful for!

⬆️ For older preschoolers: Give older children full autonomy of this activity by allowing them to measure and cut everything on their own - it may not be “perfect” but it’ll be unique!

⬇️ For younger toddlers: You can pre cut the pie slices (paper plates) and crust strips to allow for younger children to take ownership of this activity fully.

Playful Questions

What do you think it means to be grateful?

What does it mean to be thankful?

When was a time that you felt really lucky?

How would you feel if your friend got a toy that you really wanted? Why?

When was a time that you felt really sad? Why?

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