With the Thanksgiving holiday around the corner, we are putting together some movies for kids about the history of Thanksgiving holiday. It is so much more fun to learning history with movies, and it is something the whole family can enjoy and learn together.
6 Movies for kids about the History of Thanksgiving Holiday
William Bradford: William Bradford was a signatory to the Mayflower Compact while aboard the Mayflower in 1620. As a peacemaker, he befriended the Native Americans who taught the struggling Pilgrims how to survive. By the end of the first year, William Bradford became Governor of the new land. After their first critical harvest, he set aside time for the Pilgrims and their new Native American friends to feast together and express their thanks to God. Thus, William Bradford became the Father of Thanksgiving Day. He served as Plymouth Colony Governor five times covering about thirty years between 1621 and 1657.
Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story of the Mayflower: From their self-imposed exile in Holland and perilous Atlantic crossing in the Mayflower to unimaginable hardships encountered in their new land, this is the definitive story of the Pilgrims and how they came to live–and ultimately prosper–in the harsh climate of an unfamiliar world.
Mayflower Pilgrims: A documentary with many facts about the pilgrims, such as Plymouth, England and why Pilgrims left England.
Squanto and the First Thanksgiving: The Legendary American Tale, Told by Graham Greene, true story of the Native American named Squanto, who is captured from his beloved Pawtuxet tribe, taken to Spain, and sold into slavery. Years later, Squanto regains his freedom and embarks on a miraculous journey back to his homeland where he teaches the Pilgrims how to survive the difficult early years in the Plymouth colony–culminating in the first Thanksgiving celebration. A touching drama about trust, faith and renewal.
Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale: a movie from Disney. Although it is not facts based, but it is well written story and a good way for kids to see the types of lives people in that age lived.
The New World: Nightmare in Jamestown: a movie from National Geographic, it’s a story of bubonic plague, starvation, espionage and cannibalism — and the founding of America’s first colony. In 1607, a handful of English adventurers set sail across the Atlantic, expecting a paradise teeming with gold and riches. Now, 400 years later, the latest discoveries reveal the true story of Jamestown–as you’ve never seen it before. With exclusive access to forensics and archaeology, National Geographic reveals shocking new evidence of starvation and disease, secret plots and Spanish spies. Authentic recreations bring to life one of the most dramatic chapters in America’s history.
Do you know any good movies about the history of Thanksgiving that are not listed here? For more kids friendly movies, I like to go to Netflix and simply choose the kids section. There are several categories, like animated, popular, … and my favorite is those based on books. Where is your go to place for family movies?
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