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Thanksgiving Ideas Galore

Activities, Cooking, and Games

Free Thanksgiving ideas and turkey art and crafts for children in preschool, kindergarten and older to make for the dinner table. Stories, recipes, a grace, and games to play at your holiday dinner party. Free Thanksgiving clipart.

Activities for a Fun Thanksgiving

Aristotle’s Thanksgiving
Post your family’s Thanksgiving story. Get some recipes and turkey facts to amaze your family. Send a Thanksgiving postcard to those you can’t be with.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Holiday Zone
Find Thanksgiving craft projects, discussion ideas, language arts activities, songs and more.

Thanksgiving Activity Ideas
Art, games, math & science, songs & finger play, make a recipe book with kids favorite recipes, and dramatic play.

Thanksgiving Party Ideas
This fall, invite kids over to your Thanksgiving party. This Pinterest page contains some of the old-time crafts, foods, and games that your guests will most certainly enjoy.

Cooking with Kids on Thanksgiving

Ants on a Log
This appetizer is one small children can make, and can be a big hit. Cut pieces of celery into 3-4″ pieces. Spread peanut butter (or cream cheese) in the middle. Line raisins or craisins (dried cranberries) in a line on top of the spread, like so many ants marching along a log. Arrange in a pinwheel on a round plate. Pass around to the guests.

Thanksgiving 2015 Trends: Tips for Your Trendiest Thanksgiving Yet
Who says homeschool families can’t be trendy? Traditional foods are still around, but cooked up in new ways. Citrus and ancient grains are in this year. Vinegar is even getting added to the Brussels sprouts.

Thanksgiving Recipes
Some kindergarten chefs were asked….
“What do you have for Thanksgiving dinner, and HOW is it prepared?”
These were the youngsters’ replies, in their own words.

Craft Projects for Decorations

A Child’s Thanksgiving Tree
A family tree with each member a colorful cut-out hand, looking a bit like a turkey. Hope your family has a sense of humor!

Cornhusk Dolls
These dolls are based on Penobscot Dolls illustrated by Frank G. Speck in the mid-1900’s. History, myths and crafting directions.

Paper Bag Turkey
Craft project for little kids to make table decorations that resemble turkeys.

Thanksgiving Crafts, Decorations, and Printouts
These crafts projects are for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school children. The crafts use materials found around the house, like egg cartons, cardboard, paper, boxes, string, crayons, paint, glue, etc.


Turkey Coloring Sheet
Cute turkey for kids to print out and color. More Thanksgiving Day activities from Alphabet Soup.

Games For the Whole Family

Corral the Cranberries
Empty bag of fresh cranberries (uncooked!) in the center of the table. Each player uses a hair scrunchie or fat rubber band stretched between the fingers of one hand. They try to capture cranberries in the loop and sweep them into the other hand, then put them on their own plate. Either set a time limit or play until all cranberries are captured. Winner is one with most unsquished cranberries on their plate. Those on the floor don’t count.

Games to Play on Thanksgiving Day
Getting the whole family together for Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to try out some super fun games.

Thanksgiving Story Activity
Family members encouraged to note what special things others have done for them to share during Thanksgiving dinner.

Online Activities

Grand Turkey Hunt
So… you think you can catch me? Think you are smarter than a TURKEY? Well, let’s begin the hunt and find out!

A Kids Heart
Site of online games and puzzles, coloring and activity pages, free Thanksgiving clipart and screen savers, and mini games to download and play or send to a friend.

Thanksgiving Cards
Send animated email greeting cards to your friends online.

Tic-Tac-Turkey
You are the hatchet playing against the turkey, while “Over the field and through the woods” plays in the background.

Science Experiments Using Thanksgiving Foods

3 Family Friendly Thanksgiving Science Experiments
Cranberry Chemistry. Bendy Bones. Re-growing Food From Scraps.

Stories about Thanksgiving

Do You Find Family Holiday Gatherings Fun or Stressful?
Kids were invited to submit their own holiday stories. Enjoy reading what othes do for Thanksgiving.

Hunting the Deceitful Turkey
Mark Twain’s account of his attempts as a boy to hunt wild turkey.

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving
By Louisa May Alcott, (1832-1888) [From An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving and Other Stories, by Louisa May Alcott]


Turkey Guard
When I was just a kid of about eight or so, turkey guard used to be my job. My ma used to hand me the long switch that stood by the back door and send me out to stand watch over the garden. I’d stand there switch in hand guarding against the half wild turkeys that lived up on the hill above our ranch house. by Donna Bailey.

Thanksgiving Ideas

Turkey to Color

The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven
A humorous Thanksgiving ditty which may be sung to the tune of “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean.”

Holidays Holding Hands: When Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Collide
The expectations for our family’s holiday meals are usually as rigid as the compartments of a plastic prison plate. Any deviation, any scrambling of tradition (“Who put raisins in the cranberry sauce?” “You call this a latke? It looks more like matzo brei!”), is treated as heresy. The offending cook can expect hours of protest, and maybe a loss of skillet privileges. This year, that all ends. As the two Google Calendars that rule our lives, Jewish and secular, collide in spectacular fashion, we are letting the gravy of one holiday freely flow into the olive oil of another. What are your Thanksgiving Traditions?

Studying about Thanksgiving

Homeschool – Thanksgiving
Pinterest page of ideas for learning with Thanksgiving themes.

Thanksgiving Unit Study
Print out these pages from ABCTeach to have a complete unit study for a young child.

Thanksgiving Vocabulary Worksheet
Fill in the blanks with the expected words, or for a laugh, put in the truth!

Thanksgiving Word Search
Everything from carving the Thanksgiving Turkey to eating Grandma’s Pecan Pie.

Turkey Booklet
Create this easy and colorful booklet in your home and write down what you are most thankful for this year.

Traveling at Thanksgiving and Visiting Relatives

Car Games
Playing games with kids can make a long car trip both pleasant and educational. Print this out to take along!

How To Survive Thanksgiving With Your Family Post-Election
Some people are saying this holiday season is even more stressful than usual, though, as they’re dreading Thanksgiving Day political arguments with relatives.

Videos about Thanksgiving

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Two slices of toast, a handful of jellybeans, some pretzels – not quite what comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving dinner. It’s not what Peppermint Patty imagines either, but that’s what she gets when she invites herself over to Charlie Brown’s house for a turkey-day feast.


A Thanksgiving Tale
This Thanksgiving might just be Tom Turkey’s unlucky day! First the cats want to carve him into turkey dinner. Then the dogs try to rescue him. Can Tom Turkey keep them all from fighting like cats and dogs? And make them celebrate like the Pilgrims and Indians at the first Thanksgiving? And save his own feathers?

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