All these 10+ Thanksgiving activities for kids and toddlers will keep them busy on Thanksgiving day while you are occupied preparing your favorite holiday meal.
You will find games, educational worksheets, scavenger hunts, crafts and gratitude notes, and napkin joke rings.
Let’s dive right in.
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All you need to know about Thanksgiving
Not every culture celebrates Thanksgiving! Therefore here some facts about Thanksgiving for those who are not familiar with this popular American holiday!
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What is Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving is an American and Canadian Holiday and celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. This holiday people celebrate with a big dinner and show gratitude for everything they have in their lives.
The History of Thanksgiving
The first Thanksgiving was considered when Native Americans and early settlers gave thanks together with this historic feast back in 1621. The first recorded religious Thanksgiving Day in Plymouth happened two years later in 1623.
These and more information about the first Thanksgiving can be found in this article from the National Geographic Kids here.
Classic Thanksgiving traditions
In America Thanksgiving is celebrated with a big family dinner or the more modern version “Friendsgiving”. Recording to Holidappy these are the 6 most important American Thanksgiving day traditions:
- Cranberry Sauce
- Cracking the Wishbone
- Macy’s Parade
- Thanksgiving Day Football
- Holiday Movies
If you like to learn more about this beloved holiday and its traditions with your kids take a look at these great books:
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But now let’s get started on these great thanksgiving projects for your kids.
Please note that all Thanksgiving activity step-by-step tutorials can be found by clicking on the project’s name. It will lead you directly to the instructions!
By Lil Tigers
Why don’t you try something new this year?
How about a fun Thanksgiving scavenger hunt for your kids. It will keep them busy and you time to cook in peace and quiet.
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By Coffee and Carpool
Focus on gratitude and spread kindness with these gratitude kindness notes. You can put them on your Thanksgiving table or send the gratitude notes to the family.
By Simply full of Delight
Here’s how to make a Pilgrim Hat Headband!
This Thanksgiving craft is fast and easy, with little to no mess! Perfect for little ones to practice their scissor skills or kids who are getting ready to dress up for a Thanksgiving feast!
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By Team Cartwright
Free printable Thanksgiving learning activities! Work on number sense, color by number, and play seek and find with these fun and easy games.
By Mom Wife Busy Life
This pine cone turkey craft for kids is simple and easy to make!
Just find a pine cone on your next nature walk. Add colorful feathers to make this a beautiful display this year!
By All About Baby Blog
Try to make this super cute Turkey headband with your children. It is the perfect Thanksgiving activity for preschool children.
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By Two Pink Peonies
This Thanksgiving turkey craft is so much fun.
You can use an empty toilet paper tube or paper towel tube cut in half to make your turkey. The feathers are free and easy to print.
It’s an easy low prep and low mess Thanksgiving craft!
By Play Party Plan
These Thanksgiving minute to win it games are fun for all ages! Give it a try!
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By On my Kids Plate
Having a party and making a Thanksgiving kid’s table?
These free printable joke napkin rings are an easy way to add a little find for kids to your Thanksgiving table. Print all sixteen of these little silly Thanksgiving napkin rings and watch the kids laugh and giggle.
By Crafts by Amanda
This Thanksgiving handprint tree is a great way to teach kids about being thankful. It helps them to realize how blessed they really are!
Be sure to display your Thanksgiving Handprint Tree somewhere that everyone can see! It’s a cute addition to your entryway or fireplace mantle as well.
By The Play Based Mom
This tie-dye turkey craft uses simple household materials. It’s sure to be a hit for everyone, from toddlers to big kids!
The perfect Thanksgiving craft!
Now it is your turn.
I hope you enjoyed these fun Thanksgiving activities for kids.
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