Thanksgiving is a great time to spend with friends and family celebrating the good things in life but it’s also a time when kids tend to be underfoot and asking for something to do. Unfortunately, they get bored easily and really need something to do and that is where this list of 5 Kids Thanksgiving Activities comes in handy. These simple projects are easy for kids of all ages to do and require only a few supplies. I have included some indoor and some outdoor activities so you can adapt to your space needs and skill level of your children.
5 Thanksgiving Activities for Kids
(1) Pin The Feather On The Turkey. A few pieces of construction paper cut into feather shapes and a simple drawing of a turkey’s body pinned to a wall or door can create tons of fun for the younger crowd. I prefer to use tape over pins for this so nobody gets poked and hurt. Have the kids color in their “feathers” with their names and colors of choice for more fun and time of play.
(2) Popcorn Chains. Although popcorn chains are traditional for Christmas, making popcorn chains on Thanksgiving gives you an opportunity to teach your children about how corn was one of the many things the Native Americans introduced to us when we came to the Americas. Here is how to make a popcorn and dried fruit garland.
(3) Turkey Feather Hunt. Grab some inexpensive colored feathers at your local craft store and assign older kids/teenagers to “hide” them around the property for the younger kids to “hunt”. Similar to the traditional Easter Egg Hunt this helps gets excess energy out as the younger kids run around outside looking for colored feathers to put in their bag. If your budget allows, assign different prizes for each color feather (candy, small toys, money).
(4) Create a Family Picture Collage. Buy a few cheap disposable cameras and give your kids the assignment of catching pictures of the family as they eat, chat, watch football and hang out. Drop off at a one hour photo after lunch and let the kids use poster board and double sided tape with some photo stickers to create a special holiday family collage for each family attending.
(5) Handprint Turkeys. Give your kids construction paper, pencils, crayons and markers and have them trace one hand on every person attending. The let them put their names at the bottom of each hand and color in the hand prints creating a “turkey” handprint. These can be cool place settings or just ways for the kids to occupy themselves while creating something to remember their favorite cousins by. These could be framed and create a giant family handprint “tree”.
More Fall Fun for Kids:
- 15 Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids
- Brown Bag Thankful Tree
- 15 Fall Leaf Crafts for Kids
- 5 Indoor Fall Themed Games
- Fall Educational Activities for Kids
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