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Our Favorite Thanksgiving Movies for Preschoolers

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and giving thanks. There are many great movies that can help preschoolers learn about the holiday and its meaning.

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Thanksgiving movies for preschoolers typically focus on the following themes:

  • Family and friends. These movies often depict families and friends coming together to celebrate Thanksgiving. They can teach children about the importance of spending time with loved ones and being thankful for what they have.
  • Traditions. Many Thanksgiving movies focus on traditional Thanksgiving activities, such as cooking a big meal, playing games, and watching football. These movies can help children learn about the history and traditions of Thanksgiving.
  • Gratitude. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for the good things in our lives. Many Thanksgiving movies teach children about the importance of gratitude and how to express it.

Thanksgiving Movies for Preschoolers

Here are our picks for the best Thanksgiving movies for preschoolers:

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jimmy Ahrens, Todd Barbee, Christopher DeFaria (Actors)

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Maybe it's not as iconic as A Charlie Brown Christmas or It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, but this Peanuts holiday special is a good holdover between Halloween and Christmas.

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Peppermint Patty infiltrates Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving holiday, which he naturally scrambles to put together with his trademark anxiety. This is one of my favorite Thanksgiving movies for kids! (Not Rated)

Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Brady Bluhm, Peter Cullen, Jim Cummings (Actors)

Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving

Ring in the season with Winnie The Pooh: Seasons of Giving, the cherished, full-length adventure that celebrates friendship, family, and the true meaning of the holidays.

Garfield's Thanksgiving Season 1
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • 2017 9 Story Distribution International Limited. All Rights Reserved. (Producer)

Garfield's Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving, according to Garfield, people “celebrate food by eating as much of it as possible. It’s a tradition, I love tradition.” But that tradition is history following a check-up from veterinarian Liz Wilson, a sassy lady who’s also the new heartthrob of Garfield’s owner, Jon. The bad news for Garfield: he must go on a diet.

Alvin and the Chipmunks – Alvin's Thanksgiving Celebration

Celebrate Thanksgiving Chipmunk style with these fun-filled original episodes from Alvin and the Chipmunks. On this DVD, the world-famous Chipmunks, Alvin, Simon and Theodore perform in a play, recall famous moments in American history, take care of a kitten, and face the marriage of Dave!

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Dora the Explorer: Dora's Thanksgiving Parade
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Fatima Ptacek, Regan Mizrahi, Alexandria Suarez, Caitlin Sanchez (Actor)

Dora the Explorer: Dora's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Help Dora and Boots save Thanksgiving! Everyone's getting ready for the Thanksgiving Day parade and dinner, but when the Pirate Piggies accidentally float away in Dora's boat float, she'll need your help to save them before they reach Pumpkin Rock!

Jive Turkey
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Max Allen, Dru Hepkins, Erica L. Taylor (Actors)

Jive Turkey

When one boy decides to play with his food instead of eating it, a new Thanksgiving tradition is started. A musical feast stuffed with a lot of soul and filled with a lot of heart. A boy, a turkey and the blues.

A Looney Tunes Thanksgiving
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Mel Blanc, June Foray (Actors)

A Looney Tunes Thanksgiving

Enjoy a feast of laughs this holiday season. First is “Bugs Bunny’s Thanksgiving Diet,” and then make way for “Daffy Duck’s Thanks-for-giving Special.”

An Arthur Thanksgiving
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • AJ Henderson, Alexandra Castillo, Ana Sani (Actors)

An Arthur Thanksgiving

This animated special from PBS follows Arthur and his friends as they celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a positive and educational movie that teaches children about the importance of family, friends, and giving thanks.

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These are just a few of the many great Thanksgiving movies for preschoolers. When choosing a movie, be sure to consider your child's interests and age level. And most importantly, make sure to enjoy the movie together as a family!


Now that you’ve completed the list of Thanksgiving movies for preschoolers, why not check out some others? Here is a Thanksgiving movie bucket list. It has a list of movies to watch inspired by Thanksgiving.

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