10 Fun Thanksgiving Activities for Toddler and Kids

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.

10+ Fun Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

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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:

  • Turkey
  • 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.

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Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt for Kids

By Lil Tigers

Free Printable Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt

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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Thanksgiving Mask

By The Purple Yarn

Thanksgiving activities for kids

This Thanksgiving, let kids enjoy playing dress-up with this pretty turkey mask. By using a paper plate and other basic craft supplies, kids can make this turkey mask easily.

Gratitude Kindness Notes

By Coffee and Carpool

gratitude notes

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.

How to Make a Pilgrim Hat for Thanksgiving

By Simply full of Delight

pilgrim hat

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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Thanksgiving learning games

By Team Cartwright

thanksgiving learning games

Free printable Thanksgiving learning activities! Work on number sense, color by number, and play seek and find with these fun and easy games.

Pine Cone Turkey Craft

By Mom Wife Busy Life

pinecone turkey

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!

Thankfull Tree

By Angie Holden

Thankfull Tree

A beautiful DIY thankful tree is an opportunity to express your family’s attitude of gratitude! This colorful, fun project gets the whole family involved and bonus: It looks great as a table centerpiece!

Thanksgiving Cookies

By Saving Talents

Thanksgiving cookies

Keep the kids busy while you cook Thanksgiving dinner with decorating these sour cream Thanksgiving cookies! The cream cheese frosting is perfect for sprinkles, dye, and fun designs!

Thanksgiving Turkey Headband DIY

By All About Baby Blog

turkey headband

Try to make this super cute Turkey headband with your children. It is the perfect Thanksgiving activity for preschool children.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Feathers Craft

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!

12 Hilarious Thanksgiving Games

By Play Party Plan

These Thanksgiving minute to win it games are fun for all ages! Give it a try!

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Thanksgiving Kids Table Joke Napkins

By On my Kids Plate

Thanksgiving Kids Table Joke Napkins

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.

Thanksgiving Handprint Tree

By Crafts by Amanda

thanksgiving hand print tree

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.

Tie-Dye Turkey Craft for Preschooler

By The Play Based Mom

toddler turkey craft

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!

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I hope you enjoyed these fun Thanksgiving activities for kids.
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