15 Awesome Thanksgiving Activities For Kids To Enjoy

Thanksgiving means lots of family time, tasty food, and fun activities for everyone to enjoy. From cooking and baking to decorating and watching movies, there are plenty of things kids can get involved in to make this holiday truly special.

When Thanksgiving rolls around, kids everywhere can’t wait to spend the day with family, but they often get bored when the day comes. This year, you can do tons of fun things with the kids on Thanksgiving Day. These activities can help keep the kids entertained during this important holiday, from Pumpkin Carving to Turkey Trot Game.

Here, we have a fun list of creative activities for kids to enjoy during Thanksgiving dinner. Have a look!

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1. Make Playdough Cookies

Playdough cookies are so much fun to make!
Playdough is a fun activity to keep children engaged while helping them develop fine motor skills, sensory perception, imagination, and creativity. Playdough Cookies are a simple yet elegant idea with kids (and adults) talking. The cookies themselves are delicious and easy to make.

2. DIY Pumpkin-Carving Activity

Pumpkin carving is a perfect activity for kids during Thanksgiving, but it’s also fun for adults. For this:
Start with a fresh pumpkin.

  • Use a sharp knife to carve a face into the top of the pumpkin and a mouth.
  • Then use a straw or some plastic tubing to carve out eyes and a nose.
  • Now use black electrical tape to draw a face on the front of the pumpkin, if desired.
  • Finally, fill the pumpkin’s inside with a favorite thanksgiving treat.

3. Do a Fall Art Project

Whether hosting the family for Thanksgiving or taking your child to their first Thanksgiving event, fun activities will get kids excited about the season.

Making a fall art project is also fun. For this, prepare a pumpkin-shaped frame (if you’re working with clay, make the pumpkin shape into a mold, and then pop it out to use again) and decorate it with fall leaves and seasonal goodies.

Have the kids draw or paint a picture of what they see as they look through the pumpkin. Let them add a caption on the pumpkin as well.

4. Make a Pumpkin Lantern

This pumpkin lantern project is a fun way to celebrate the holiday season and teach children about the importance of family and gratitude. Kids will love making this lantern for thanksgiving, and the activity will encourage them to appreciate the things they have in their life and the people who care for them.

5. Watch Classic Thanksgiving Movies

There are some classic Thanksgiving movies that will give your kids a good laugh. These movies, including A Christmas Story, Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, Love, Actually, and many more, are guaranteed to put a smile on your and your kids’ face and warm their hearts.

6. Make Turkey-Scented Candles

If you are looking for a quick and easy Thanksgiving activity for kids, consider making turkey-scented candles. They’re easy, fun, and inexpensive to make.

To make these candles, simply place a paper towel under the wax you poured into a container. Once the candle is ready, cut off the paper towel and put it into a glass dish. The scent will last up to two weeks.

7. Draw Thanksgiving Coloring Pages

Thanksgiving is a big holiday in the U.S., but there’s no reason to wait until next year to start enjoying it! Print out the coloring page and color away! I love this one because it’s a great Thanksgiving activity that even little kids can do, and I think they’ll enjoy it.

With a bit of imagination and creativity, kids can become artists and create their own version of a Thanksgiving coloring page.

8. Make a Food Bucket List

Food Bucket lists are fun and valuable for kids. What kid wouldn’t love being asked to name a favorite food? These lists can help guide kids through mealtime conversations, too. Kids can be taught to be grateful for their food and ask questions about what they eat and why they enjoy it.

9. Play Fall Bingo

Bingo is a fun Thanksgiving activity for children. Each player receives a bingo sheet with a page containing 10 spaces. Children color the spaces according to their favorite fall colors.

They then use their “spinner” to fill in the squares on their bingo sheet by writing down words related to the fall season.

10. Make a Turkey Trot Game

A Turkey Trot game is a fun and healthy way to work off a Thanksgiving feast without overdoing it.

Start by creating a turkey trot path and a goal. Then have kids run through the path as fast as possible while making sure they don’t slip or fall. The faster they get to the goal line, earn more points they have. After they’ve finished, reward them with a prize or a snack.

This can be a fun family event and a great physical activity for families with young children.

11. Make a Pumpkin Harvest Fun House

Kids can enjoy a fun and educational afternoon by decorating a pumpkin with a Fall theme and turning it into a “fun house.”

Parents and children can participate in this fun fall activity together, creating memories and learning new things about Autumn.

All the tools required are in the garage or shed. The only thing you need to buy is a big pumpkin.

12. Make a Turkey Printout

Kids love printouts, and making a turkey printout is a fun, simple activity for the whole family to do together. You’ll need a printer, paper, markers, crayons, and glue after you get your turkey printout.

13. Play a Musical Instrument

Have fun with your kid, too, by playing a musical instrument. This could be a violin or guitar. The kids can either play it themselves or have the parent accompany them on the piano.

Playing a musical instrument together has been proven to improve children’s social skills and help them build friendships.

14. Make a Turkey Pillow

This project is perfect for kids with lots of time on their hands. They need to sew the fabric into a pillow shape and use a needle and thread to stitch up the top.

It’s an excellent way for them to practice using tools like a sewing machine and even get a chance to learn about some anatomy.

And with all the turkey that’s being eaten around the country this week, it’s a great excuse to make one of your own!

15. Try a new Thanksgiving Dish

Kids love to cook, and Thanksgiving is a perfect day to allow them to show off their culinary skills. While adults love to eat turkey and pumpkin pie, many children have never tried either.

To get the kids involved and make the meal special, ask the kids to make a Thanksgiving dish.

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The holiday season can be a fun time of celebration. But, with so many busy activities and preparations, it’s easy to forget to relax and enjoy the season with your kids.

These 15 aforementioned fun thanksgiving activities for kids are sure to keep your kids happy, give you some fun, and add spice to your time with your kids.

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