Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to instill in our little ones gratitude and the importance of thankfulness, along with spending time with family and partaking in traditions new and old. This year’s holidays are a little weird with a pandemic going on, and many people aren’t able to see loved ones or uphold usual traditions, so all the more reason to make it special. Here are 10 Thanksgiving Activities to do with your kids, many of them are for toddlers, but most are also appropriate for older children. If you scroll to the bottom, I have in printable with the activities and templates mentioned in this post (:
If you want to give your little ones a quick history lesson on Thanksgiving, here is a little video to introduce the topic.
- Books – What better way to teach and introduce a topic than through reading books. Here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving books listed below.
3. Roll a Turkey – This is a great, free game made by the Unoriginal Mom – with some dice, mnms, and these free printables, you have a nice little thanksgiving activity for the kids to enjoy.
5. An Exercise in Gratitude – Make thankful turkeys (template in the packet) or Acorn Gratitude Banner from Creative Family Fun, both of these can also serve as decor for festivities.
6. Gratitude Pick Up Sticks – Another fun game from Teach Beside Me, for both toddlers and older aged children.
7. “Thankful For You” Notes – Template in pdf, sit down with your child and write a note to a loved one letting them know you are grateful for them and why.
8. Thanksgiving and The Eucharist Lesson – Relate the Thanksgiving meal back to the Mass, and brainstorm what the two have in common (a lesson in pdf)
9. Thanksgiving Craft – This Sponged Painted Thanksgiving Turkey Craft was too cute, and trust me – there were a lot of crafts to sort through Pinterest. I thought this one was simple enough but still crafty.
10. Bake a Thanksgiving Treat – Get your child involved in the Thanksgiving preparations and have some fun baking. A fun treat to make with the kids is the Pumpkin Pie Turnover, the recipe in the packet below!
This post may contain affiliate links that earn me a small commission, at no additional cost to you. I only recommend products I use and love or think my readers will find useful. For more information, go to my Disclosure + Disclaimer Policy