12 Fun Thanksgiving Activities for Kids of All Ages

It’s November! I get to put away all the spooky Halloween goodies that the rest of the family loves and start getting ready for Thanksgiving. YAY! I love the fall colors, the extra amount of gratitude going around and of course Thanksgiving activities for kids.

Thanksgiving activities for kids broken down by age... awesome!

Thanksgiving Activities for Toddlers

  • Pumpkin Pie Play dough. What reminds you of Thanksgiving more than pumpkin pie? Your Modern Family has a great recipe for Pumpkin Pie Play Dough (all the ingredients are edible by the way). Add some pie tins, rolling pins and a pie server, your little one can have some real fun making pretend pumpkin pies.
  • Leaf Sun Catchers. These Leaf Sun Catchers from The Best Ideas for Kids will be a beautiful kid made decoration for your Thanksgiving window. 
  • Paper Bag Turkey Craft. Gobble, gobble. No Time for Flash Cards created adorable Paper Bag Turkey Crafts with no glue and no mess. I’m thinking these would be great for a Thanksgiving day activity for kids.
  • Fall Tree Contact Paper Art. The best toddler art activities are the ones you can leave for them to use as they please. The Fall Tree Contact Paper Art from Minne-Mama is just that type of project.

Thanksgiving Activities for Preschoolers

  • Gratitude Journals. Spending a day making these Gratitude Journals was really fun, but spending the month filling them was amazing. We learned even more about each other, stretched out of our comfort zones and enjoyed being grateful together.
  • Turkey Art. I fell in love with the process of making our Mixed Media Turkey Art and as a huge fan of kid made holiday decorations, fall in love with them again every year that I pull them out!
  • Pumpkin Scented Rice Bin. Rice bins are so great. I miss the days when M and M were at the age of playing with rice for hours. Creating a Pumpkin Scented Rice Bin like this one from Hands On: As we Grow would have been a huge hit in our house!
  • Thankful Hearts. Let’s Lasso the Moon has come up with a lovely way to recognize and acknowledge acts of kindness. I can’t wait to try this Thankful Heart Activity.

Thanksgiving Activities for School Age Kids

  • Spelling with Turkeys. You’re already practicing spelling words! Might as well make it fun with these printable Spelling Turkeys.
  • Thanksgiving Mad Libs. M and M love Mad Libs. (Of course because they love anything that’s super silly.) How Does She has some fun Printable Thanksgiving Mad Libs.
  • Gratitude Scavenger Hunt. What a fun idea! Go for a Gratitude Scavenger Hunt (from Lets Get Together) while the turkey is cooking!
  • Turkey Math. I’ll admit the set up for our Math Turkeys was a little more work than I usually put into activities. I saved them and used them for a couple of years and they are just cute enough to be worth the effort.

Do you have any favorite Thanksgiving activities for kids? What age are the kids your playfully learning with this Thanksgiving? 

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