I love Thanksgiving. A whole day centered on food, family, and fun ... who wouldn't love that? But sometimes it's easy for me to forget that while I think it's fun to hang out in the kitchen cooking up a storm or drive across the state to visit relatives, the youngest members of my family might find these holiday traditions quite boring. So here are some crafts, games, and tips to keep us all happy, sane, and grateful this Thanksgiving.  


Autumn Leaf Turkey: Bring the beauty of nature indoors with this simple craft that uses leaves and pine cones to create a holiday turkey.

Tree of Thanks: This charming centerpiece will be the talk of your holiday dinner table. If you have a small gathering, use a smaller branch, if you need more room, make more than one!

Hands and Feet Turkey: Children will enjoy tracing their hands and feet to create this one-of-a-kind paper turkey craft for Thanksgiving. At my daughter's preschool, they made made this turkey using hand and foot prints rather than cutting out pieces of paper.

Give Thanks Turkey: A few cute ideas and a great way for both kids and adults to share their thoughts about what they are grateful for.

Thanksgiving Piñata: With a little extra prep, you and your kids can whip up this cool holiday piñata to share with guests on the big day.

Games and activities

Thanksgiving Place Mat: For kids that need a little help sitting still at the table, try this fun activity place mat or these What Are You Thankful For? activity sheets.  

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt: Help the whole family walk off that turkey dinner with a holiday scavenger hunt around the neighborhood.

Thanksgiving Feast: This Thanksgiving Feast is a fun arcade-style food game for kids to learn about nutrition. Bounce a ball off the top of a flying cornucopia and collect only the healthy food that comes out

Thanksgiving Coloring Book: Kids can color a turkey, a pumpkin, or even a basket of corn using their computer and creativity.

Thanksgiving History Quiz: Can your kids talk turkey?  Challenge them to take this online holiday quiz.

Thanksgiving Dominoes: Print out these holiday themed dominoes for kids to play with at the table. 

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