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30+ Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

by Jean Van't Hul
November 1, 2017
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Looking for Thanksgiving activities for your kids? Here are more than 30 Thanksgiving crafts, art activities, recipes, and books for kids and families, plus a printable list!

Updated September 2021

Once we get past the excitement of Halloween, November is both a time of settling down and settling into colder weather.

The last of the autumn leaves fall off the trees, the autumn harvest is gathered, and the weather turns brisker.

We still get outside, still gather leaves and acorns and pinecones and listen to the sound of geese honking as they fly south in their V formations, but we also start spending more time indoors around the fire, whether real or metaphorical.

Thanksgiving is our big family celebration and holiday of the month and we like to focus on family and gratitude and, of course, turkeys and the bounty of the autumn harvest.

We’ve put together a list of Thanksgiving activities for kids that includes gratitude projects and exercises, creating with nature’s bounty, turkey arts and crafts, and a list of books about Thanksgiving.

30+ Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

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7 Turkey Arts and Crafts Activities

Because, let’s face it, the turkey ends up being the spokesbird for this holiday.

1. Experiment with different ways to draw turkeys

2. How to draw and paint a turkey step-by-step (on Deep Space Sparkle)

3. Make playdough turkeys (on Mama Papa Bubba)

4. Set up an art invitation to create paper turkeys (on Paper and Glue)

5. Make pinecone turkeys (on a Pumpkin and a Prince)

6. Print turkey tracks for a fun Thanksgiving art activity (on Fun-a-Day)

7. Make autumn leaf feather turkeys (on BabyCenter)

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7 Gratitude Activities for Families

Being grateful for what we have makes everything better. Here are some ways to begin to instill thankfulness in our kids this month (and a good reminder for us adults who may forget how important this can be!).

8. Create a Thanksgiving fall leaf garland

9. Make a thankful bunting as a family Thanksgiving art activity

10. Make some gratitude rocks by starting with melted crayon rock art and using permanent markers to add words for what you are grateful for

11. Try these 10 gratitude drawing prompts for kids (on Let’s Lasso the Moon)

12. Make Thanksgiving Garlands for Kids with Finger Painted Hands

13. Make a thankful table with the kids (on Art Bar)

14. Print out these gratitude conversation starters (on Creative Family Fun)

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5 More Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Here are some fun activities for this month and holiday. Some are especially good when you have a houseful of people!

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15. Build towers and sculptures with toothpicks and cranberries or grapes!

16. Try one or more of these 13 November crafts and activities for families

17. If you have family and friends around for Thanksgiving, try one of these 11 simple kids activities for mixed ages

18. Keep the kids engaged with some Thanksgiving Mad Libs

19. Tell some Thanksgiving jokes

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4 Thanksgiving Printables for Kids

Some fun free printables for the holiday…

20. Use these printable Thanksgiving placemats + gratitude activity (on Mama Papa Bubba)

21. Find and count the turkeys and squirrels in this free Thanksgiving I Spy printable (on Parenting Chaos)

22. Play a game of Thanksgiving bingo (on Crazy Little Projects)

23. Go on a Thanksgiving scavenger hunt (with printables on The Dating Divas)

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4 Nature Arts & Crafts

Use the autumn bounty to create art, crafts, and decorations this month.

24. Make some land art with autumn leaves, sticks, and stones

25. Make a nature mobile with gathered materials and air dry clay

26. Create a simple DIY autumn leaf wreath

27. Create your own nature diorama

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6 Thanksgiving Recipes to Cook Together

These are fun autumnal recipes to cook together as a family.

28. Bake a tasty apple bundt cake

29. Make a delicious cranberry upside-down cake

30. Bake some teddy bear bread together

31. Assemble a Thanksgiving turkey veggie tray (on Eating Richly)

32. Bake a turkey crust pumpkin pie (on Kudos Kitchen by Renee)

33. Or whip up these easy pumpkin pie bites (on Sugar Apron)

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids books

Thanksgiving Books for Kids

34. Head to the library and check out some books about Thanksgiving and gratitude

Need some suggestions? Ask your children’s librarian or try some of these:

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids printable

Would you like a printable version of our 30 Thanksgiving Activities for Kids to hang on your fridge? You’re in luck! Just click the link below and get a PDF delivered straight to your inbox!

CLICK HERE for the printable list of 30 Thanksgiving Activities for Kids!

How about you? What are your favorite Thanksgiving activities for kids?

Autumn Arts & Crafts Ideas & Supplies

Be sure to check out our FALL family fun list in our Amazon store! It includes supplies for fall arts & crafts (including the best paper leaves for painting!), autumn toys, Halloween ideas, and picture books about autumn. Plus, we have lists of the best kids art supplies, open-ended toys, children’s games, and more!

PLUS: Get our new Autumn Arts & Crafts for Kids workshop!  This is an online workshop with 10 fun fall arts and crafts activities that your family can enjoy all autumn long, with a bonus of 10 fall-themed drawing prompts! Use coupon code KASHALFOFF for $9.99!

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