Thanksgiving Word Search Printables – 3 Fun and Free Puzzles for Kids

Thanksgiving word search puzzles for kids are great for all ages!

There are 3 super fun and free Thanksgiving word search puzzles for kids of all different ages in our Free Printables Library.

We’ve got varying levels of difficulty so you’ll be able to find a great word search to suit your child right now.  (You’ll see where you can get yours at the bottom of this article!)

First, let’s quickly cover why word searches are great for kids in the first place. 

Why word searches are awesome

Here are some of our top reasons why word search puzzles games are fantastic for kids:

  • Extremely EASY to play. No complex rules to understand. 
  • No preparation is required! Simply print them out and grab a pencil or a highlighter.  
  • Screen-free fun 
  • Kids of all ages enjoy word search puzzles (keep reading for some age-appropriate variations!) 
  • Can help defeat boredom

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And equally excellent, word searches can also be educational – without your kids even realizing it!

Here are a few of the ways that your kids can learn with these Thanksgiving word searches:

  • Learn and reinforce spelling skills
  • Increase their vocabulary 
  • Strengthen their working memory by looking for multiple objects at once
  • Develop visual discrimination, which is essential for learning how to read
  • Develop fine motor skills by crossing out or circling found items

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When to use these Thanksgiving word search puzzles

Of course, you can use these Thanksgiving word searches for kids nearly ANY time, but here are some situations where they’ll especially come in handy:

  • during Thanksgiving dinner prep
  • on long car trips to visit family and friends
  • on a rainy inside day in November
  • during quiet time at home
  • while waiting for a sibling at practice or rehearsal
  • in a doctor’s or dentist’s office

Related article: Thanksgiving Would You Rather Questions for Kids

These free Thanksgiving word search printables are perfect to use with a larger group of kids, too!

We think they’d also work really well for any of these events:

  • school or classroom Thanksgiving feast
  • church harvest festival
  • at a Friendsgiving
  • fun Thanksgiving homeschool activity
  • an office Thanksgiving potluck
  • neighborhood Thanksgiving feast

Related article: 15 Hilarious Thanksgiving Family Feud Questions for the Whole Family

Here’s a closer look at the 3 printable Thanksgiving word search puzzles we’ve got for you here in the Jen Bradley|MOMs Free Printable Library:

Thanksgiving Dinner word search

Our easiest free Thanksgiving word search is our adorable Thanksgiving Dinner word search. 

thanksgiving dinner word search for kids

It’s an easy Thanksgiving word search best suited for kids in early elementary school, from kindergarten to second grade, or about ages 5-8. 

There are 12 words to find, and the entire puzzle only has 9 rows and 9 columns of letters. 

The Thanksgiving feast-themed words are only hidden vertically or horizontally – no backward or diagonal words to find. 

Additionally, we kept the font large to make it easy to read. 

This word search can even be done by kids who aren’t quite reading fluently, especially if they have a little help! 

Related article: 101 Funny Kids’ Thanksgiving Jokes to Make Them LOL

Pies, Pies, Pies word search – medium difficulty

In our Pies, Pies, Pies word search for kids, there are 12 words to find. 

This medium-difficulty version features words that go vertically, horizontally, and diagonally.

Additionally, the grid is a bit larger than our easy version. 

pies word search

We recommend this word search for kids ages 9-12, or grades 3-6. 

Related article: Thanksgiving Bingo Card Printables – Free and Fun!

First Thanksgiving word search

Our most difficult Halloween word search contains 20 hidden words that all relate to the First Thanksgiving that occurred in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

In this 15×15 grid, words can be found vertically, horizontally, diagonally, and backward. 

first thanksgiving word puzzle

This Thanksgiving word search is great for middle and high schoolers and could be a good way to do something festive in class! 

How to reuse your free Thanksgiving word search printable pages

These Thanksgiving word searches are completely reusable if you need or want them to be!

Simply slide them into plastic sheet protectors and give your kids a dry-erase marker.

For even more durability, you may consider printing them on white card stock and laminating them!

(I’ve been a homeschool mom for 10 years now, and I swear by this inexpensive laminator! It’s THE best.)

Final thoughts about these Thanksgiving printables for kids

Thanksgiving word search puzzles are just one simple way to make Thanksgiving even more fun for your kids (and give them something educational to do)!

Be sure to join our Free Printable Library here to get your Thanksgiving Word Searches for Kids!

get your free Thanksgiving word searches here

Inside the library, you’ll find over 100 other awesome printables, such as Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunts, Thanksgiving mazes, Thanksgiving word puzzles, and more! 

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving! 

Related articles about Thanksgiving family fun:

21 Awesome Ideas to Make the Most of Your Virtual Thanksgiving

How to Teach Gratitude to Your Kids

9 Awesome Thanksgiving Day Activities for Kids and Toddlers

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What do you think about these Thanksgiving word searches? Tell us in the comments below!

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