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Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Homeschool Art Activities

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities

I am a big fan of tradition, and there are some that I want to pass down to my children. I recall watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving as a child so many times. It became a tradition to watch the beloved special each holiday season. 

As with many favorite family movies and t.v. shows, I still think I spot something new each time I watch. And I treasure the excitement that it brings my children to know we are carrying on the same traditions that made me smile as a child. 

But this year, I got an opportunity to kick it up a notch! Thanks to Nana, you can create an entire experience around A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving! This is one your kids will remember too. 

If you love A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, you will love adding these art activities as a new tradition in your homeschool too. #charliebrown #thanksgiving #homeschoolart #homeschoolartactivities

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: A Holiday Classic

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is a holiday classic, like so many other wonderful movies. It is almost a childhood rite of passage to view the Thanksgiving special at least once. But, let’s face it, nobody watches it just once. Over the years, I have purchased all of the Charlie Brown classics on DVD. That way, we can watch them at our convenience, and we don’t have to wait for the cable viewings. 

If you have never watched before, the Charlie Brown special reels us in with its comical storyline, Linus’s Thanksgiving history overview, and that infamous Thanksgiving menu. Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown’s house for Thanksgiving. Of course, in regular Charlie Brown fashion, he stresses over the event! 

The menu that they put together for A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is probably the most memorable part. So, we had to recreate it for the full effect. And oh my goodness, my kids loved it! I know yours will too. Plus, it’s incredibly simple to put together. 

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities

Items needed to create your own Thanksgiving menu to accompany Nana’s A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving art lesson:

  • Buttered Toast
  • Pink Pudding
  • Jelly Beans
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Popcorn
  • Pumpkin Pie (optional)

I know, so simple to do. Now, onto the best part…art!

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities

Thanksgiving Art Activities With Charlie Brown

We decided to do both of Nana’s Charlie Brown Thanksgiving art lessons. Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving Dinner is one that you have to do with this fun menu! I prefer to watch the movie and do the Thanksgiving art activities afterward, but plan it however it works best for your family. 

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities

Another Charlie Brown Thanksgiving art lesson you will want to include is the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. This one is of Snoopy and Charlie, and both art lessons are easy enough for your younger children. 

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities

If you are a Charlie Brown fan, you will want to check out the Charlie Brown Christmas art lessons from YOU ARE AN ARTiST too!

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities

More Thanksgiving Themed Learning Resources

In addition to the classic Charlie Brown special, there is also a book. So, if you prefer to read the story instead of watching the movie, you can, or, do both! We read it and watched it. 

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities

Another great resource that you will want to add to these exciting art activities is the Thanksgiving Companion Workbook. We had so much fun reading the 5 Fast Facts for both Charlie Brown Thanksgiving art lessons. You will be surprised by some of the fun information you will learn about A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving Dinner. 

You can also enjoy the entire Thanksgiving Course packed with art lessons like:

Besides the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving art activities, if you grab the Thanksgiving Companion Workbook, you can utilize the fast fact sheets for each lesson, overviews, Thanksgiving planners, gratitude journal prompts, and a recommended Thanksgiving book list. You could even draw your way through the Thanksgiving story!

Year-Round Holiday Lessons For Your Homeschool

We love using our YOU ARE AN ARTiST Complete Clubhouse membership to celebrate our homeschool holidays all year long. If you don’t have a membership yet, I encourage you to look into one. A membership would make a wonderful gift for your children and your homeschool. 

We use our membership to incorporate learning about various holidays in our homeschool. It’s educational, and it breaks up the mundane. I have learned that adding fun, hands-on experiences in my homeschool keeps my kids happier and more eager to homeschool. Not all learning has to come from a textbook or should feel boring all the time. 

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Art Activities

With a membership, you can include holidays (and special days) in your homeschool like:

YOU ARE AN ARTiST has helped my children understand that learning can be fun. I can’t imagine celebrating holidays without them. Consider a membership if you would like to tap into the rich educational resources here at YOU ARE AN ARTiST too! 

Courtney is a Jesus-pursuing, native Texan, homeschool mom of three, and she believes homeschooling can be a peaceful and productive rhythm. At Grace, Grow & Edify she helps families create peaceful homeschooling atmospheres through faith, organizational strategies, and cultivating strong roots at home. She is also the founder of Homeschool Mastery Academy.

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Ultimate List of Christmas Homeschool Art Lessons

Enjoy this ultimate list of Christmas Homeschool Art Lessons! Christmas homeschooling allows us to focus on the real reason for the season. And you can do that in so many ways. We will give many resources to choose from and help you customize your perfect Christmas school day, week, or month.

This post includes all the Christmas joy for your homeschool! From classic Christmas homeschool art lessons, Biblical lessons that lead you to the nativity, Christmas hymns and literature to Christmas books and movie favorites like The Grinch and Charlie Brown – Nana has it all!

Classic Cozy Christmas Homeschool Art Lessons

Christmas Chalk Pastel Joy – Erin shares, “The beauty and magic of the holidays are upon us and your kids are going to love making Christmas chalk pastels. These fun and easy chalk pastel tutorials help bring joy and celebration to the holidays. Especially when you add in a mug of hot cocoa, some twinkly lights, and a little Christmas music for an extra bit of enchantment. Enjoy these Christmas activities for your homeschool.”

How to Draw a Christmas Wreath – (give this free sample a try) Welcome the Christmas season with a beautiful Christmas wreath! You can learn from Nana how to draw a Christmas Wreath with Chalk Pastels then you can hang it up as a decoration. Or you might decide it needs to be a gift for someone you love. Either way, you will have fun with this quick and easy lesson Nana shared with her grandchildren. And you will learn that you ARE an ARTiST!

Erin shares how to have a FUN Artist Express celebration with hot, hot, hot chocolate!

Mug of Hot Chocolate – How to Draw a Mug Hot Chocolate with Chalk Pastels was one of the very first lessons Nana taught my children. Each made their own mug in the brilliant color they chose. And they filled up the inside with chocolate, topped it with marshmallows and steam. They also learned about painterly effect, which is a really fun thing to create.

STEAM learning
My youngest artist enjoying Nana’s Christmas Star lesson included in the Christmas Clubhouse.

Biblical Christmas Homeschool Art Lessons

Draw Your Way Through the Story of Christmas by Courtney – My absolute favorite Christmas activity to do is Draw Your Way Through The Christmas Story together. I want to share it with you because I know so many families will love doing this too! With YOU ARE AN ARTiST, you can draw your way through the entire Christmas Story. From the Angels announcing Christ’s Birth all the way to the Nativity. With so many incredible Christmas homeschool art lessons in between. 

The best resource to help walk you through the Christmas art lessons and help you plan with little prep time involved is the I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion Workbook! You will find all the resources that you need to Draw Your Way Through The Birth of Christ

A Biblical Christmas Homeschool Lesson in 4 Simple Steps by Courtney – If you haven’t heard of Christmas school yet, let me fill you in, dear friend! Christmas homeschooling can happen anywhere between now and the new year. You can get festive with your homeschool plans, get educational, lean into Advent, or create a lovely combination of things.

Courtney shares, “My absolute favorite part of Christmas schooling is the time spent preparing our hearts for Christ with our families. This Christmas, we are drawing our way to Bethlehem – following the star, the angels announcing Messiah’s birth, the shepherds, the nativity and more!”

Advent Saints – St. Nicholas and St. Lucia

For St. Nicholas Day and St. Lucia Day, enjoy art with Nana! You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members enjoy these new lessons in their Christmas Clubhouse! Holiday Homeschooling: A St. Nicholas Day Study (with a printable ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ poem for members. Plus St. Lucia Day Holiday Homeschool Study.

Celebrate Christmas Literature with Homeschool Art

A Christmas Carol Homeschool Activities with Chalk Pastel by Erin – Do you and your kids read “A Christmas Carol” each year? What about watching one of the many movie adaptations? Exploring A Christmas Carol in your homeschool is an easy and fun way to combine the rich literature of Charles Dickens, the excitement of cinema, and the glory of art this Christmas season!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Unit Study by Courtney – The story is a sweet reminder that not everyone knows about Jesus, and it is also a tender reminder that God loves everyone. I enjoy reading it to my kids and discussing it with them after each chapter. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a great book to share with your children because even though it has us all laughing, it touches on some fundamental ideas worth thinking about each holiday season. And it’s a classic! There is also a hilarious movie adaptation that you can watch with your children too. 

Stopping By The Woods on a Snowy Evening Tea Time by Courtney – One of the best poems to enjoy during winter is the renowned Robert Frost’s, Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening. It is one of those poems that instantly comes to life with all of the delights of winter. 

If You Take a Mouse to the Movies Hands On Homeschool Activities by Julie – In our homeschool, a book is never just a book. It’s nearly always a jumping off point for more! This book is no different. You can have SO much fun with the themes of If You Take a Mouse to the Movies! Start with a collection of Nana’s chalk pastel lessons to explore the fun activities the Mouse enjoyed in the book.

Christmas Book to Movie Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love! by Erin – Check out this festive list of Christmas books made into movies – with homeschool activities your kids will love! Now your kids can re-create their favorite book characters and movie scenes with chalk pastels! Like Kevin from Home Alone, the Grinch and more!

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day hymn art lesson - - Ultimate List of Christmas Homeschool Art Lessons

Learn Favorite Christmas Hymns with Art and Hymn Studies

Christmas Tea Time is the Perfect Way to Enjoy Your Homeschool Holidays by Courtney – We have all spent a holiday season, or two, caught up in the hustle and bustle. It happens to the best of us, doesn’t it? But this year, don’t forget to slow down and savor the season! One of the absolute best ways to do that is with a Christmas tea time. But wait, there’s more! As much of a delight as Christmas tea time sounds, you can add art, poetry, some holiday hymns and make an afternoon of it. It’s like adding a cherry on top with sprinkles to your Christmas tea time!

Christmas hymns study can be an enjoyable part of your Christmas School homeschool day. A beautiful opportunity for the family to learn and worship together.

A Merry Christmas Hymns Study for Your Homeschool by Dawn – Whether you homeschool as normal through December, add in Christmas activities, or trade all your homeschool curriculum for ‘Christmas School,’ a Christmas hymns study can be an enjoyable part of your school day. It is a beautiful opportunity for the family to learn and worship together.

Homeschool Nutcracker Art Activities - Ultimate List of Christmas Homeschool Art Lessons

Homeschool Nutcracker Art Activities

The Nutcracker: A Holiday Homeschool Unit Study – Celebrate the Christmas season and enjoy the famous ballet with Nana’s Nutcracker video art lessons. Nana has a new Nutcracker ballet lesson added to the collection just for members. Plus Clubhouse members get to enjoy a Nutcracker-themed special event with Nana and SQUILT Live and a companion Nutcracker curriculum!

How to Draw the Grinch with Chalk Pastels - - Ultimate List of Christmas Homeschool Art Lessons
Grinch artwork using Nana’s lesson – and photo by Erin Vincent

Christmas Book to Movies Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love

  • Charlie Brown Christmas Art and Music – The music of Vince Guaraldi and art in the style of Peanuts. Charlie Brown Christmas Art and Music!
  • How to Draw The Grinch – Is watching The Grinch one of your favorite Christmas traditions? If you have been following art lessons with us, you will know that we love to share video lessons for favorite books and movies. In fact, one of the bonuses with You ARE an Artist Clubhouse membership is an index of lessons for movies with Chalk Pastels at the Movies. Another bonus is the Tea Time Art Lessons for favorite books like Green Ember, Winnie-the-Pooh and more! Enjoy a sample of Chalk Pastels at the Movies with Nana’s How to Draw The Grinch in Chalk Pastels Video Art Lesson!
The Polar Express - - Ultimate List of Christmas Homeschool Art Lessons
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
  • A Holiday Unit Study: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Courtney – If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever before, I should warn you; you are likely to experience belly laughs! Along with learning some things you wouldn’t likely expect. 
You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members enjoy a companion I Drew It Then I Knew It curriculum workbook
to lead you through the Christmas story!

Gift An Annual Homeschool Art Membership 

I have been homeschooling for almost thirteen years as I write this, and I am often asked about gift ideas for homeschoolers. There is one gift that I always recommend. Hands-down, an annual membership to YOU ARE AN ARTiST. It is a gift that keeps on giving all year long. 

You can find both You ARE an ARTiST and an I AM an ARTiST mugs and t-shirts in our shop!

Whether you gift it for a birthday or a Christmas gift, your family can use it every day for the entire year with an annual membership. That, my friends, is valuable! Give the gift of homeschool art lessons!

Christmas Homeschool with You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse

As Courtney shared in her Biblical homeschool post, “we hope that this gives you lots of inspiration for your Christmas school plans this year! Remember, you don’t have to do it all this year. Advent is all about preparing our hearts and dwelling in his perfect peace. Christmas school is an opportunity not only for creativity and education but for making lasting memories together.”

Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Hodgepodge and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of The Curriculum Choice.

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Pumpkin Art Lessons Perfect For Fall Homeschooling

Just in time for fall,  these fun and engaging art projects are perfect for your homeschool! Take a look at all the different options available as you create your own homeschool pumpkin themed study.

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown video art lesson! Nana's Fall pumpkin chalk pastel art lessons for all ages are always a favorite.

Nana’s Fall pumpkin chalk pastel art lessons for all ages are always a favorite – including It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown art lesson.

Pumpkin Art Lessons To Use In Your Fall Unit Studies

In addition to the fun of Charlie Brown,  you may also incorporate these You ARE an Artist lessons into your homeschool study.

Pumpkin Fall Homeschool Art Lessons

Welcome fall with Nana’s pumpkin chalk pastel art or acrylic pumpkin art lessons!

Join Nana in the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse for a fall acrylic pumpkin art lesson for your homeschool.
Enjoy Nana’s Acrylic Pumpkin Lesson in the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse!

Fall Themed Art Lessons

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown video art lesson! Nana's Fall pumpkin chalk pastel art lessons for all ages are always a favorite. Including Pumpkin Patch Parable.

The Pumpkin Patch Parable Read Aloud

Might we suggest adding The Pumpkin Patch Parable to your Fall studies? This sweet book is a perfect addition to your pumpkin study and goes perfectly with Nana’s pumpkin patch art lesson and all of her pumpkin chalk pastel art lessons.

Why Chalk Pastels Work So Well In Homeschool Art

  • A note on chalk pastels: Pastels are an easy, forgiving medium. Fun for children and adults alike! Details on the pastels and paper we use, how and where to purchase are in Our Favorite Chalk Pastels. A simple set is very affordable. Nana also teaches acrylic lessons.
  • The practical aspects of a mess: Pastels are blessedly messy. We always have baby wipes close by to wipe hands. We wear something we don’t mind getting stained or don a smock.

So, paint your Pumpkin Chalk Pastel Art and be sure to share with us! Simply tag @chalkpastelart on social media, use the #YouAREanArtist hashtag, or upload a photo to the ChalkPastel.com Facebook page!

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Charlie Brown Christmas Homeschool Art and Music Activities

Charlie Brown Christmas Homeschool Art and Music! Enjoy the music of Vince Guaraldi and art in the style of Peanuts. Enjoy a very special replay of an event with Ms. Mary of SQUILT Live! and Nana of You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse! Music and art are a beautiful combination.

Nana says, “I can still hear the strains of Vince Guaraldi’s music from Linus and Lucy and the spectacular Charlie Brown Christmas event we were a part of! The word “FUN” doesn’t even touch what this time meant! We were entertained and educated about jazz music, we counted beats, listened to bass instruments…all thanks to the wonderful Ms. Mary of SQUILT Music.”

Charlie Brown and his gang of carolers were a glorious way to start off the Christmas season! Each one of the familiar carolers were in the style of Charles Shultz, and we drew and painted bright colored coats, the venerable dog, Snoopy, a glowing Christmas tree and a star-sparkling sky…what fun!! It was a joy to teach today! Tricia and I hope that you all felt the same way, and we so appreciate you sharing this special holiday time with all of us!”

Charlie Brown Christmas: A Holiday Classic

Charlie Brown Christmas - "…for unto you…is born a Savior…And that's what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown."
“…for unto you…is born a Savior…And that’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown.”

Is it a tradition to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas in your home each holiday season? The wonderful music by Vince Guaraldi and the fun story line. Our favorite part is Linus’ that’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown speech.

Charlie Brown Christmas Art Activities

Did you know that Nana and Ms. Mary both live in Georgia and are practically neighbors? What fun that Nana, Mary and Tricia could plan such a special Charlie Brown Christmas event for you!​ Christmas Time is Here!

The following supplies are suggested for this art lesson:

Charlie Brown Christmas Homeschool Art Activities with fun ideas for your Christmas school. A holiday tradition and everyone's favorite classic movie!

1. Download this lesson packet from SQUILT for the event. 2. Dark colored construction paper (black or dark blue preferred).
3. Chalk Pastels (Our favorites here) Suggested: – baby wipes or a couple dampened paper towels for easy clean up.

Nana’s Special Challenge for Charlie Brown Christmas


Hello, hello artist friends from Nana! As you can see I am wrapped up in woolen scarves and a coat. What in the world is Nana doing? There I am, SINGING my heart out, looking a bit like one of artist Charles Schulz’s kids singing Christmas carols. Yes, I am VERY much older than that mischievous Lucy, but here I am, my head thrown back and singing!
​Now, your job, as “Christmas Time is Here” is to put on your coat, gloves, hat and pretend that you are singing with the Peanuts gang! Then share a photo with us and TAG us here at You ARE An ARTiST! Tag @chalkpastelart on Instagram, use the hashtag #ChristmasTimeIsHere or email us a photo of YOU singing! Why? To celebrate our special Christmas Time is Here free event for all! Nana is joining Ms. Mary of @squiltmusic.
Because we know that YOU ARE AN ARTIST! See you soon! ❤️Nana
Please be sure to share with your friends!
Love,

Nana and Tricia

Nana of You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse singing in the style of Charlie Brown. Charlie Brown Christmas Homeschool Art Activities with fun ideas for your Christmas school. A holiday tradition and everyone's favorite classic movie!

More Christmas Themed Learning Resources for Your Homeschool


During the replay of a Charlie Brown Christmas, Nana mentions all that she will be sharing in the Christmas Clubhouse! She is sharing lessons for every day from now through the new year, including:

  • Christmas trees to holly
  • Polar Express to The Grinch
  • a map to Bethlehem
  • hymns We Three Kings and I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
  • Nutcracker
  • The Messiah – Angels announce Messiah’s birth and For Unto Us a Child is Born (with special lessons from Ms. Mary)

These and SO much more! Leading right into January’s Literature Art Adventure with Nana!! All in the Complete Clubhouse with Nana!

Enjoy these fabulous ideas for your Thanksgiving and Christmas homeschool! 

Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Hodgepodge and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of The Curriculum Choice.