30 Thanksgiving Activities for Kids
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30+ Thanksgiving Activities for Kids


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30 Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

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

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

THanksgiving Activities for Kids - Leaf Wreath, Thankful Bunting, and Turkey Drawing

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.

To continue my monthly activities lists, I’m putting 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.

Here goes…

30+ Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Note: Please feel free to add your own favorite November and Thanksgiving activities in a comment below!

30 Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

7 Turkey Arts and Crafts Activities

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

Turkey Drawings with Kids

1) Experiment with different ways to draw turkeys

Hand turkeys are one way; but try some other ways, too!

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids - Turkey Art Activities

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

3) Make playdough turkeys (on Mama Papa Bubba)

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids - Turkey Crafts

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

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

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids - Turkey Arts and Crafts

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

7) Make autumn leaf feather turkeys (on BabyCenter)

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!).

Thanksgiving Art Activity - A Thankful Bunting

8) Make a thankful bunting as a family Thanksgiving art activity

Or make Thanksgiving Garlands for Kids with Finger Painted Hands

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids - Make melted crayon gratitude rocks

9) Make some gratitude rocks by starting with melted crayon rock art and using permanent markers to add words for what you are grateful for (like these DIY wishing stones)

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids - Family Gratitude Activities

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

11) Do this thankful heart Thanksgiving kids activity (on Let’s Lasso the Moon)

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids - Family Thankfulness Activities

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

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

14) Create a Thanksgiving fall leaf garland

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

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

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids - Thanksgiving Printables for Kids

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)

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids - Paint pinecones and acorns

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) Paint pinecones and acorns

26) Create a simple DIY autumn leaf wreath

27) Make an autumn leaf crown (on Picklebums)

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids - Cooking with Kids

6 Thanksgiving Recipes to Cook Together

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

28) Make a delicious cranberry upside-down cake

29) Bake a tasty apple bundt cake

30) Bake some nutritious 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 about Thanksgiving

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:

A 2-page PDF printable guide with clickable links to lots of fun Thanksgiving crafts, gratitude activities, book ideas, and more!

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How about you? What are your favorite Thanksgiving activities for kids? Something from this list or something different? Please share in the comments!

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30+ Thanksgiving Activities for Kids


  • Reply
    November 2, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Several of your books are new to me. Can’t wait to check them out from the library. I love these monthly lists of seasonal activities. Thank you!

    Here are my favorite Thanksgiving/ gratitude books to read with students or my own kids: https://www.eco-novice.com/2017/10/10-thanksgiving-childrens-books.html

    And here are a few favorite Thanksgiving projects (we do a gratitude tree and a real leaf banner every year — always looks gorgeous and so simple): https://www.eco-novice.com/2013/11/diy-fall-leaf-garland.html

  • Reply
    November 6, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Love the The Night Before Thanksgiving book. It’s definitely one of our favorite holiday books. Thanks for other suggestion as well.

  • Reply
    Pratibha soni
    October 29, 2018 at 3:23 am

    I love this website!!!
    Thanks for all the helpful information.

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    Samantha Baker
    November 19, 2018 at 5:13 am

    These look like so much fun! I tackled a Thanksgiving turkey with my 9-year-old today and I can tell you it was so frustrating. It wasn’t any crafts on your post, but we really struggled to stick on feathers onto a cone-shaped turkey. After one turkey my daughter made a run for it haha.
    Some of these on your list looks nice and easy, so might do a craft day take-2 and see if we can actually enjoy a turkey craft this time around.

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    Katie Chiavarone
    October 22, 2019 at 10:22 am

    These are really great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

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    November 12, 2019 at 2:38 am

    Wow, this is awesome. I love your blog. Such great activities for kids. Much better than having them in front of a screen for hours.

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      November 15, 2019 at 4:47 am

      Thanks, Lindsey! I’m so glad you like my blog! And I agree about engaging and creative activities over screen time!

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