We all know that kids get wound up around holidays — around some more than others, depending on what the holiday is! But, especially, I think teachers everywhere notice that kids get quite anxious before Thanksgiving break, largely because it’s usually been a long time since a last break from school of any amount of time. This post includes free turkey coloring pages that you can use in your classroom prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Coloring pages can be used in a variety of ways, most importantly — in the restlessness before Thanksgiving break, anyway — to reduce stress and aid in calmer behavior. However, you can also use them when you have to have indoor recess, for early finishers, or for rewards for jobs well done, just to name a few examples.
Other ideas for using these coloring sheets include decorating a wall of your classroom or decorating a bulletin board in the hallway. If you don’t incorporate them into an academic lesson, then you could use them behaviorally, to help a child calm down when upset about something. The intricacies of these coloring pages mean that they can’t be completed quickly, at least not if you give specific instructions that they must color carefully inside the lines!
A final idea for these coloring pages is that they could be used as part of a Thanksgiving celebration. If you have some kind of activity stations during the party, then these could make up one of the stations. Or, you could have your students color them ahead of time, and they could be used as decorations for the party!
On the topic of student behavior, if you’d like more resources for encouraging positive behavior in the classroom, then you can head over to download this free character education resource.