Start some new holiday traditions and spend more quality time together with these fun Thanksgiving activities for kids.
If there’s one (non-religious) holiday you celebrate that has the most impact on your children it’s Thanksgiving.
In a world of instant gratification, entitlement, and selfishness, Thanksgiving is a respite from the world.
It’s a time for gratitude, love, slowing down and appreciating not only what we have now, but those who came before us and helped us get where we are.
Of course, there’s also family, fun and delicious food, but I love the idea of having a day set apart to really contemplate everything we’re thankful for.
Fun Thanksgiving Activities For Kids (& The Whole Family)
To help rally the holiday spirit, I created these activities the entire family will enjoy. Some activities can be done on Thanksgiving and others are to build up anticipation for the big day!
In order to do all the activities, there are a few supplies you’ll need.
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- Standard printer paper
- Color copy digital cover paper
- Pen or pencil
- Treat markers (for Don’t Eat Pete game)
- Adhesive dot roller
- Bingo markers (Cheerios, Dot Markers, M&Ms etc)
- Crayons or markers
- Access to a print shop (Staples, OfficeMax, etc)
- Thanksgiving Printable Pack
Thanksgiving Gratitude Activity
I’ve included two different sizes of gratitude activities. One is a standard 8.5″x11″ which can be printed at home and the other is a 16″x20″ full-color poster.
The smaller size is great to give your children for a Thanksgiving day activity. There are white leaves on the tree where you kids can write one thing they are grateful for.
The poster sized print is meant to be used by the entire family.
You can print it off at a print shop (I prefer Costco for this sized poster), then print the corresponding leaves on your home computer.
Cut the leaves out and starting a week before Thanksgiving, have each member of the family write one thing they are thankful for on a leaf.
Use glue dots to place them on the tree and see how full you can get the tree before Thanksgiving day.
Related: Paper Bag Turkey Craft For Kids
Thanksgiving Wordsearch For Kids
This Thanksgiving word search is perfect for entertaining the older kids at the Thanksgiving table. Print them out and place a few on the table before dinner.
Included in this pack are 7 unique Thanksgiving-themed Bingo cards and their corresponding calling cards.
Print out as many cards as you need and all of the calling cards. Cut the calling cards out and stack in a pile. Have your Bingo markers ready and you’re all set!
There are two different levels included in the Thanksgiving pack. The first one is for older children and includes 12 different items to find. The second is intended for younger kids and has bigger pictures and only 8 items to find.
Thanksgiving Coloring Placemat
Entertain your kids before or during Thanksgiving dinner with these printable Thanksgiving placemats.
Kids (& Stuffed Animal) Turkey Hats
It isn’t Thanksgiving without a turkey headband, so of course, there’s one included in this Thanksgiving package. There’s a large size intended for children and a small size that’s perfect for stuffed animals!
Thanksgiving Don’t Eat Pete Game
This game is a classic. There’s no reading, no complex rules, and everyone gets to eat a delicious snack! What could be better, right?
To get the game ready, print out the game board, then use some sort of edible markers (m&ms, marshmallows, etc) to cover every spot on the board.
The object of the game is for the person who is “it” to avoid eating Pete so he can eat as much candy as possible. The person chosen to be “it” will leave the room. While he is gone, all the other players determine which space will be Pete.
Then, the “it” person returns, and starts, one at a time, eating the candy off of the spots. When he goes to eat the candy from Pete’s spot, all the other players yell, “Don’t Eat Pete” and that person’s turn ends.
Play as many times as you want. And believe me, your kids will want to take a turn more than once!
Now I’d love to hear some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions. Let me know in the comments below.
If you’d like to try a sample page first, you can download a free printable Thanksgiving Don’t Eat Pete game below.