The Best Thanksgiving Songs for Kids

Over the river and through the woods…

Still image from Thanksgiving Songs for Kids

It’s almost Thanksgiving! Celebrate the day that’s full of food, family, and fun with these Thanksgiving songs for kids. Do the Turkey Hokey Pokey, count down with 10 little turkeys, and more.

Over the River and Through the Woods

Originally written as a child’s poem about Thanksgiving, this song has been a classic for years. Kids will find their parents and even grandparents likely know the words too!

Turkey Hokey Pokey

“You put your right wing in, you put your right wing out. …” You know the rest! This is one of those Thanksgiving songs that will get everyone up and dancing.

A Turkey Is a Silly Bird

Miss Nina’s song is short, sweet, and, yes, silly! Each time you sing it, you speed up, ending in a burst of gobbles that’s sure to leave kids in giggles.

Baby Shark’s Thanksgiving Day

You didn’t really think you could get through a list of Thanksgiving songs without a Baby Shark entry, did you? This one’s actually pretty cute, we promise! The members of Baby Shark’s family prepare different dishes for their celebration and give thanks together.

If You’re Thankful and You Know It


Try a Thanksgiving twist on the familiar tune. Kids will pick it up in no time!

Gobble Gobble Turkey Wobble

Here’s another fun dance jam! Kids will definitely feel the need to get up and move.

It Smells Like Thanksgiving

This repetitive little song is peppered with fiddle-happy dance breaks. You could add some variety to it by asking kids to substitute a different Thanksgiving food at the end of each repeat.

10 Little Turkeys

Count down as each turkey flies away to hide on the advice of the little red hen. This is a cute one to have kids act out as they sing.

Turkey Stop

Kids sing and dance along with each turkey movement (strut, peck, etc.), but be sure to freeze when the song says STOP!

Thankful for Friends

Elmo and Leon Bridges join together for this sweet song about how thankful they are for their friends.

Albuquerque Turkey

Albuquerque is a turkey, and he’s the best pet you’ve ever met. This Thanksgiving, you’ll just have to eat hamburgers instead!

The Thanksgiving Song

Brought to you by the same folks that make Sesame Street, this is one of those Thanksgiving songs that even adults can enjoy. Get ready for Thanksgiving to put you in the very best mood!

Love these Thanksgiving songs? Be sure to check out the best Thanksgiving poems for kids of all ages.

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The Best Thanksgiving Songs for Kids