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Looking for a Thanksgiving game your kids can enjoy before the meal? Or other fun ideas for celebrating the holiday? Here are some of the best Thanksgiving activities for kids that are fun, easy, and educational.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner! We are looking forward to a small family gathering this year, lots of yummy food and fellowship. The kids love Thanksgiving too, and I’m always on the lookout for fun holiday-themed activities they will enjoy (bonus points if they are educational, right, fellow homeschool-mamas?).
I’ve pulled together some awesome, simple resources you will love to use this year (most of them FREE!). From crafts to books to music and more, you’re sure to find something for your homeschool or while the turkey is cooking.
Printable Placemats and Coloring Sheets
I love these free Thanksgiving placemats and coloring sheets from PK1Homeschool Fun! Your kids will love decorating the Thanksgiving table with their artwork. These place cards are so cute, easy to print, and will enjoyed by the kids as they wait for all of the yummy food.
A few more FREE printable Thanksgiving coloring sheets:
- Thanksgiving Coloring Pages from Crayola
- Lots of options from Super Coloring
- Happiness is Homemade has fun sheets for kids AND adults!
And click the graphic below to grab my FREE Thanksgiving Activity Set:
Thanksgiving Activities and Games
Amy from Rock Your Homeschool has a fun Thanksgiving I Spy Activity you can do with your kids! She also offers some different ways to use the printable, so make sure to head over and check out her blog.
A few more Thanksgiving activities and games:
- Turkey Hunt from Bloom Designs is sure to be a hit with the littles!
- Nerf Turkey Targets? Yes please!
- Is it even Thanksgiving without a gratitude list? Here’s a free printable one!
- Thanksgiving Bingo is another great option to play with the kids.
- LOVE these Thanksgiving Conversation Cards from Happy Home Fairy for fun around the dinner table.
- Thanksgiving Word Search from Happiness is Homemade
Fun Thanksgiving Music Lessons
Gena Mayo from Music in Our Homeschool offers a FREE 15 minute music lesson for Thanksgiving! What a great way to have fun learning and get into the Thanksgiving spirit. Check it out on her blog and grab the free printable that comes with it (such a fun idea!)
A few more ideas for incorporating music this Thanksgiving:
Thanksgiving Picture Books for Kids
Books are always fun to teach kids about holidays! You could opt for an educational book, or a fiction book with a Thanksgiving Theme. Thanksgiving in the Woods is a great one to share, based on a true story of a family in New York.
A few more Thanksgiving picture books to check out:
- Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson
- How to Catch a Turkey by Adam Wallace
- Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving (a Lift the Flap Book)
Easy Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts for Kids
Art for Kids Hub is my go-to on YouTube anytime my kids want to learn to draw something. They have a bunch of great Thanksgiving projects you can check out (and even draw with your kids!)
A few more favorite Thanksgiving crafts:
- Cranberry Thanksgiving Chalk Art Tutorial (based off of this book)
- Classic Turkey Headband Craft (with free printable!)
- These cupcakes are a work of art! If you have a little baker, they’ll love making these Thanksgiving Cupcakes.
- Cute Turkey Painted Pinecones
- Corn on the Cob Craft Painting (looks messy, but fun!)
Looking For More Thanksgiving Activities for Kids?
Make sure to check out and follow our Homeschool Holidays Pinterest Board for more great ideas! And pin this post for future reference in your homeschool.
You’ll also find a great list of the best Thanksgiving movies for kids over at Techie Homeschool Mom.
I love hearing from you, so please drop a comment below – what is your favorite Thanksgiving activity to do with your kids?
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