These 5 simple Thanksgiving Day activities are simple and fun for the kids to do while you cook the feast!

Try these Thanksgiving Day activities to keep everyone happy during the day

This year we have my sister in law and her family coming to our house for Thanksgiving. She has five kids under the age of 11, plus my three kids, so we’ll have a house full of kiddos! I’ve been coming up with Thanksgiving Day activities the kids can do to keep them happy and entertained while I cook dinner, and I wanted to share what I came up with!

5 Thanksgiving Day activities for kids

1. Set up your own Turkey Trot

A Turkey Trot is a Thanksgiving Day race, and is a tradition for many people around the country. Two years ago I decided I wanted to do one, but the fee for the race for 5 people was expensive. So instead, I set up our own! I made our own bibs with “White Family Turkey Trot 5K” printed on them, and then numbers corresponding to our ages – just for fun.

I mapped out our route through our neighborhood, and then used black and white streamers on our front porch as the finish line. We burst through at the end, and it was just so darn fun. Seriously, try it! It’s free and a fun way to start your Thanksgiving Day as a family.

(This year we have Philip’s sister and her five kids with us, so I think we’ll bring along scooters and bikes and have the cousins trade off riding and running so no one gets burned out).

2. Nature walk + Leaf Rubbing

Leaf rubbing is the perfect Thanksgiving day activity! Take a stroll down your street or through your neighborhood while the turkey is cooking and gather a few different kinds of leaves.

To leaf rub, you just put the leaf underneath a plain piece of printer paper and rub on top of the paper with the side of a crayon!

3. Make ornaments

This activity will keep little hands busy for a long time on Thanksgiving. These MARBLED ORNAMENTS are gorgeous, unique, and so easy to make. I grabbed a pack of clear plastic ornaments from Michaels so we don’t have to worry about broken glass.

Michaels also has a ton of fun painting crafts, and I picked up these little Nutcracker soldiers for the kids to paint as well.

4. Make a grateful tree

Have you ever made a Gratitude Tree? These are fun and super simple to make. Using construction paper and scissors, cut out pieces of brown paper to create a trunk for the tree. You’ll need to tape them together to make it big. Tape it to your wall and add branches from brown construction paper.

Then cut out leaves from yellow, red, green, and orange construction paper. Have the kids write things that they’re grateful for and tape them up on the branches!

5. Coloring activities

Coloring keeps my kids entertained for hours. We printed out an engineer size (24×36″) print of the Rad Reader Advent calendar and also a bunch of copies of our Rad Mail coloring pages for November.

They’re both super inexpensive, but you could also google Thanksgiving coloring pages or do an Art for Kids Hub YouTube video!

5 Thanksgiving Day Activities For Kids

mom and boys with pumpkins on their heads

These 5 simple Thanksgiving Day activities are simple and fun for the kids to do while you cook the feast!

 

Try these Thanksgiving Day activities to keep everyone happy during the day

This year we have my sister in law and her family coming to our house for Thanksgiving. She has five kids under the age of 11, plus my three kids, so we’ll have a house full of kiddos! I’ve been coming up with Thanksgiving Day activities the kids can do to keep them happy and entertained while I cook dinner, and I wanted to share what I came up with!

 

5 Thanksgiving Day activities for kids:

boys and mom on front porch for family turkey trot

1. Set up your own Turkey Trot

A Turkey Trot is a Thanksgiving Day race, and is a tradition for many people around the country. Two years ago I decided I wanted to do one, but the fee for the race for 5 people was expensive. So instead, I set up our own! I made our own bibs with “White Family Turkey Trot 5K” printed on them, and then numbers corresponding to our ages – just for fun.

You can see them here (click File > Save a copy to make your own)!

I mapped out our route through our neighborhood, and then used black and white streamers on our front porch as the finish line. We burst through at the end, and it was just so darn fun. Seriously, try it! It’s free and a fun way to start your Thanksgiving Day as a family.

(This year we have Philip’s sister and her five kids with us, so I think we’ll bring along scooters and bikes and have the cousins trade off riding and running so no one gets burned out).

 

leaf rubbing image with crayons

image via 100 directions

2. Nature walk + Leaf Rubbing

Leaf rubbing is the perfect Thanksgiving day activity! Take a stroll down your street or through your neighborhood while the turkey is cooking and gather a few different kinds of leaves.

To leaf rub, you just put the leaf underneath a plain piece of printer paper and rub on top of the paper with the side of a crayon!

marbled red and green ornament glass ball

3. Make ornaments

This activity will keep little hands busy for a long time on Thanksgiving. These MARBLED ORNAMENTS are gorgeous, unique, and so easy to make. I grabbed a pack of clear plastic ornaments from Michaels so we don’t have to worry about broken glass.

Michaels also has a ton of fun painting crafts, and I picked up these little Nutcracker soldiers for the kids to paint as well.

paper thankful tree in a frame

image via Landee See Landee Do

4. Make a thankful tree

Have you ever made a Thankful Tree? These are fun and super simple to make. Using construction paper and scissors, cut out pieces of brown paper to create a trunk for the tree. You can tape pieces together to make it big, or make it small. Tape it to your wall and add branches from brown construction paper.

Then cut out leaves from yellow, red, green, and orange construction paper. Have the kids write things that they’re grateful for and tape them up on the branches!

Landee See Landee Do has a free printable you can use right here!

art and coloring pencils on round table

5. Coloring activities

Coloring keeps my kids entertained for hours. We printed out an engineer size (24×36″) print of the Rad Reader Advent calendar and also a bunch of copies of our Rad Mail coloring pages for November.

They’re both super inexpensive, but you could also google Thanksgiving coloring pages or do an Art for Kids Hub YouTube video!

 

 

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