These nine fun Thanksgiving Day activities for kids and toddlers are sure to help you have a happy holiday!
Thanksgiving is a day that is often filled with activity – but often it is not a day that is filled with Thanksgiving activities for kids!
You may find yourself busy with the cooking, cleaning, table setting, baking, football playing (maybe?!), hosting, and more.
It can be easy for kids to feel overlooked or in the way.
(And if your kids are picky eaters like some of mine, they may not even look forward to the delicious food that you’re preparing that much either! #momlife)
Additionally, if you are among the 55 million Americans who travel for Thanksgiving, your kids may be extra tired or out of their normal routine.
Keep reading for ways to turn Thanksgiving Day around for your kids!
I’ve got nine great Thanksgiving Day activities for kids and toddlers that can work for large and small groups of all ages.
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Thanksgiving Activities for Kids
For each of the nine Thanksgiving Day activities you’ll find:
- the appropriate ages the activity is best for (and how to modify if needed)
- a short list of any supplies you’ll need
- simple instructions to carry out the activity
If you have any questions about any of them, don’t hesitate to drop your questions in the comments below!
Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt
A scavenger hunt is a great way to entertain a lot of kids (or just a few) at once!
Great for older kids ages 6-12, but younger kids can be easily helped by adult or older kids, especially in a team or partnership
List of items to hunt for and a pencil.
You can use the ready-to-print Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt page that’s included in the free Thanksgiving Activities for Kids printable pack, or you can jot down your own list of items for kids to find.
To make it fit the Thanksgiving Day activities theme, choose seasonal items for kids to find, such as: dry leaves, pie, pumpkins, trees without leaves, turkey, etc.
Depending on the number of kids you have, you can decide how many groups you’ll have.
It would be a good idea to give everyone at least one partner, especially if you have quite a few kiddos who can’t read yet.
Give each group the scavenger hunt list and tell them to check off the items as they find them throughout the house and/or yard.
It’s a good idea to set a few rules about where they can and can’t go.
Finally, to make it extra fun and challenging, set a timer! The team that finds and checks off the most items on the list is the winner!
Turkey Clothespin Tag
This is a fun outdoor game to get kids up and moving!
This game is great for any ages!
If you have a wide variety of ages and a big group of kids, you may want to divide them up into two groups based on their ages.
For example, have a 3-6 year old group and a 6-year-old and up group.
Paint the clothespins a bright color, and allow to dry. Attach two googly eyes and a small orange felt triangle to the bottom end on one side of the clothespin.
To play, choose 4-5 kids and attach the turkey clothespins to the bottom of their shirts.
Also, decide on an amount of time for the game to last (about 3-4 minutes usually works well).
Gather the kids in a group and tell them their goal is to collect all the turkey clothespins while everyone funs around!
The person with the most turkey clothespins at the end of the game is the winner!
Thanksgiving Funny Fill in the Blank
If you’ve ever played Mad Libs before, this is the exact same idea!
Older kids who know what nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are.
You can download and print the Thanksgiving Funny Fill in the Blank page from the Thanksgiving Activities for Kids printable pack!
Or you can write your own story – but that’s a lot of work!
You’ll also need a pencil.
Go through the blanks and ask the kids to share the first word of the appropriate type listed that comes to their mind!
As they shout out the words, write them into the appropriate blank.
When the blanks are all filled in, have the kids quiet down enough so they can hear you read the story back to them.
There are sure to be at least a few good laughs!
Pictionary is always a big hit with kids, and making this one all about Thanksgiving themed items means it will be easy enough for young kids too!
This will work best with kids who have some minor reading and drawing skills.
A list of Thanksgiving-themed items that can be drawn fairly easily.
(I’ve got a fun page full of Thanksgiving-themed Pictionary words in the Thanksgiving printable pack to save you this step!)
Divide the kids into two groups of mixed ages.
One person from one group chooses a card with a drawing prompt.
He or she then has one minute to draw the thing on the card on the white board while the team tries to guess what it is.
The team that guesses the most drawings correctly when all the drawing prompt cards are done is the winner!
Thanksgiving tracing pages
This might seem overly simple, but read on for a great way to make tracing pages so much fun for older kids too!
For young kids, this is a really simple activity.
Older kids can participate too – if they are willing to trace the pictures blindfolded!
Use the simple Thanksgiving themed tracing pages from the Thanksgiving Activities for Kids printable pack!
You may consider printing the tracing pages onto a festive-colored papers to make this a little more special.
Also, if you have older kids who will be doing the blindfolded tracing, put the tracing pages into plastic sleeve protectors so you can easily wipe them clean!
For young kids, have them trace and color the Thanksgiving shapes.
For older kids, set the tracing page in a plastic page protector and let them look at it briefly.
Then blindfold them, give them a dry erase marker and set a timer for one minute or less.
Let everyone watch as they try to draw simple shapes.
This seems so simple, but it is one of my kids’ very favorites!
Another simple paper and pencil game, this one can be downright silly!
This is great for kids who have very simple drawing skills and up.
At least one Roll-a-Turkey page per kid who is participating, pencils, and a six-sided die.
(You guessed it – the Roll-a-Turkey page is in the Thanksgiving Activities for Kids pack!)
Have one child roll the die.
For whatever number she rolls, look at the table on the worksheet and draw one of whatever thing corresponds to the number on the die.
For example, if she rolls a 2 and 2 is for a pair of eyes and a beak, draw a pair of eyes and a beak anywhere on the page.
This gets really funny because their turkeys can end up having several bodies, tons of legs and more wings than they can even fit!
Thanksgiving Activities for Toddlers
These Thanksgiving Day activities for toddlers are most appropriate for ages 1-3.
This activity used to occupy my toddlers so well!
Enough playdough for each child to have a mound about as big as their fist.
7-9 wooden dowels per child
Cheerios, Froot Loops, or any other type of round shaped cereal with a hole in the middle.
Roll the playdough into a ball and flatten one side onto the table. You want it to be stationary.
Stick 5-6 chopsticks vertically into the playdough, with a little bit of an angle as you work your way around the ball. (Think of turkey feathers sticking out of a turkey’s body.)
Give your child a small bowl of cereal and have him or her slowly thread the cereal onto the chopsticks one by one.
If you want to be extra fancy, you can use more playdough to create a turkey head, beak, eyes, and feet.
Let your toddler create his or her own placemat for Thanksgiving dinner. This is perfect if you are planning to have them sit at a “kids’ table”!
Crayons, markers, etc.
Cover the kids’ table completely with the brown kraft paper, making sure to secure it well underneath.
Place crayons or markers in small cups and let your toddlers draw and create their own placemats for Thanksgiving dinner.
You may want to draw a basic rectangle shape for a placemat and a circle for a plate – or you can let them go hog wild!
Turkey feather pot craft
This cute little craft is simple, bright and fun for toddlers!
3″ terracotta pots (one per kid)
construction paper beaks and wattles
Turn the terra cotta pot upside down and put the the googly eyes on about half way up on one side. Add the beak and wattle. Then help your toddler glue lots of bright fun feathers on the opposite side of the pot. Let dry.
Final thoughts on Thanksgiving activities for kids and toddlers
I hope you feel empowered and excited to try some of these Thanksgiving Dat activities with your kids, so you can have a memorable Thanksgiving together.
If you are the hostess or if you are going to friends or family, having a few ideas to help entertain the kids will be appreciate by everyone!
I can’t wait to hear how much your kids enjoy Thanksgiving this year!