Nothing beats Thanksgiving traditions, from carving the turkey, chowing down on pumpkin pie, and taking over the yard for a friendly Thanksgiving game of touch football. But that doesn't mean the day can't be filled with other fun, especially for the kids.
While kids of all ages can have fun with these hand-picked Thanksgiving activity favorites including easy Thanksgiving crafts for Kids, we chose them with the youngest in mind.
BEST THANKSGIVING ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
1) Spin The Wheel Game
To make this gratitude game, segment the center of a paper plate into six sections and write prompts in each: Family, Friends, Travel, Home, Pets, Work. Then, cut a smaller round from colorful craft paper and remove one “slice” to make a category window. Attach the wheel to the plate with a gold brad, and attach jute rope to the rim with hot-glue. To play, have guests spin the circle and share a sweet memory, depending on the category shown.
2) Turkey Pudding Cups
Turkey Pudding Cups make the “sweetest” place setting for the kiddie table! Flip over a butterscotch pudding cup, then attach foam paper hands to create wings. Googly eyes give this turkey its adorable face.
If you write names on the foam paper, they make cute place setters!
3) Gratitude Jar
All you need is a jar, Mod Podge, and some fabric leaves.
Write down moments you’re grateful for every day in November, then read them all Thanksgiving Day. This is a great way to get your kids thinking about what gratitude is really about!
4) Go on a Fall Scavenger Hunt
This nature scavenger hunt for kids of all ages is really good for younger kids too because it doesn’t require reading skills to know what you are searching for!
5) Read Thanksgiving Books Together
A list of books that will get your family in the Thanksgiving spirit.
6) Make Thankful Hands
This simple craft involves hand tracing and a thankful spirit. This makes one of the best Thanksgiving projects for kids I think. It’s important to remember to be thankful.
7) Create Bottle Cap Turkey Magnets
Go small. Make fridge magnets with bottle caps. This would also make a great Thanksgiving activities for kindergarten kids.
8) Gratitude Skittles Game
Rather than simply going around the table and having everyone share what they're grateful for this year, make it a little more fun (and tastier) by sharing based on the color of a Skittle drawn from a bag.
9) Thanksgiving Word Search
This Thanksgiving Word Search is a free printable that older kids will love. From the Mayflower and pilgrims to football and turkey, kids will search for words that are all about Thanksgiving.
10) Stuff The Turkey Game
Some brown paper bags and balled-up newspapers are all you need for a fun time (and to help everyone improve their aim).
11) Turkey Bowling Game
Turkey Bowling is a craft and a game all in one, as it allows you and your guests to decorate your own turkey pins from plastic cups before getting ready to knock 'em down.
12) Thanksgiving Word Scramble Game
Keep everyone amused before dinner is served with a challenging Thanksgiving-themed word scramble.
13) Decorate a Turkey
love how this simple activity can be made age-appropriate based on the materials you provide for turkey dressing (up).
14) Make Native American Dolls
These simple play people are up cycled toilet paper rolls and can be personalized to a toddler’s specifications.
15) Create an Easy Paper Plate Pumpkin
This site has several easy preschool crafts. Plus, it requires very little to make. A paper plate, tissue paper, and a glue stick. This is also one of many Thanksgiving crafts for 3 year olds that wouldn’t require a lot of help.
16) Make Colorful Turkey Suncatcher
Transform a little tissue paper into a bright and happy turkey to hang in the window. This post has a free printable so your turkey will resemble a turkey too!
17) Turkey Leg Ring Toss
By playing this ring toss game with glow necklaces, you can even play with clever ring toss game after the lights go out.
18) Don't Eat Pete Game
In each round of this clever game, one turkey is designated as Pete, and everyone knows which turkey is Pete save for one participant. Cover each square with M&Ms and challenge the guesser to eight as many M&Ms as they can without choosing the one from Pete's square.
19) Feed The Turkey Game
Another way to keep your youngest guests busy during dinner prep (or while the adults play their own games after dinner) is with this Feed the Turkey game, which involves putting pom-pom balls into a plastic bottle decorated like a turkey with tongs.
20) Thanksgiving This Or That Game
A simple This or That game is always a fun way to see what everyone's favorite Thanksgiving traditions are each year. Finish filling out then pass around and share.