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
I can’t believe Thanksgiving is this week! We’re spending it at a little rental house in southern Texas this year, just with our immediate family, so we’re not cooking all day or have a house full of family. But if you are cooking all day, or have family you’re spending time with, here are some simple Thanksgiving Day activities to keep everyone happy while you prepare the feast!
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. Three 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.
(Last year my sister in law and her family visited us for Thanksgiving, and they joined us on our annual Turkey Trot. We brought along scooters, bikes, and our golf cart so that even the little kids could keep up and have fun. It was a blast!)
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 last year for the kids to paint as well.
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!
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!
BONUS #6: Toby the Turkey
Also check out this cute Toby the Turkey packet that has fun activities and games about gratitude!
I hope these are helpful as we head into Thanksgiving this week!
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That turkey trot idea is genius! We are going to do this – thanks for the fun idea! 🙂
we take BRANCHES from the yard and then hand traced leaves with our thankful items: People, places and things on it through November! so fun!
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