By: Andrea Dillon
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November signals the start of the holiday season. The falling leaves, the smell of pumpkin pie, and the anticipation of family gatherings spark a certain excitement. Fall also tends to lead to more activities and crafts in our house. Get ready for Thanksgiving and fall fun with these Thanksgiving crafts and activities for kids!
Celebrate the star of Thanksgiving with these great gobbler crafts and lessons.
- Create a cute no-sew sock turkey that will lead to hours of play! This craft is easy to pull together with things that you can find around the house.
- Break out the paints and have some silly fun making turkey tracks! This would be a great table runner on a long spool of paper for Thanksgiving Day!
- Get the children outside collecting leaves to create these adorable turkey leaf lanterns. These would make wonderful decorations for dark fall evenings!
- These printable turkey puppets will bring lots of giggles. Especially if the kids use them to sing a few Thanksgiving songs or tell some Thanksgiving jokes. Memories in the making!
Check out our Free Turkey Printables
Get into the fall mood with pumpkin fun.
- Yarn pumpkins are perfect for older kids. This craft is a little messy and takes some patience while waiting for the yarn to dry but they are beautiful and would make great table decorations for the day of Thanksgiving.
- Make the house smell like dessert with pumpkin pie playdough! All ages can have fun making and playing with this sensory satisfying craft.
Visit a local pumpkin patch! We have ideas for learning there and more. Click the image below:
Turkey Day Gathering Games
Get the whole family involved with these fun family Thanksgiving games.
- While you are waiting for the turkey to cook, play stuff the turkey! This easy-to-make game will test your aim.
- Get your gobblers moving with turkey tag! These turkey clips are easy to create and will lead to hours of play.
- The little ones will tumble for this cute game. Grab a few plastic cups to create a quick game of turkey bowling!
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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?
Thanksgiving Books To Read
“Everyone’s a New Yorker on Thanksgiving Day, when young and old rise early to see what giant new balloons will fill the skies for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Who first invented these “upside-down puppets”? Meet Tony Sarg, puppeteer extraordinaire! In brilliant collage illustrations, the award-winning artist Melissa Sweet tells the story of the puppeteer Tony Sarg, capturing his genius, his dedication, his zest for play, and his long-lasting gift to America—the inspired helium balloons that would become the trademark of Macy’s Parade.”
“Giving Thanks is a special children’s version of the Thanksgiving Address, a message of gratitude that originated with the Native people of upstate New York and Canada and that is still spoken at ceremonial gatherings held by the Iroquois, or Six Nations. Full color.”
“A turkey is running loose in a school right before a Thanksgiving play. Can YOU help catch it so the show can go on? Follow along as students turn their school upside down trying to catch the turkey, ending with a twist that ensures no turkeys are harmed (or eaten!). This hilariously zany children’s picture book combines STEAM concepts and traps with a silly story and fun illustrations, perfect for starting a new holiday family tradition or giving as a Thanksgiving gift for kids ages 4 and up!”
“t’s almost Thanksgiving, and Tuyet is excited about the holiday and the vacation from school. There’s just one problem: her Vietnamese American family is having duck for Thanksgiving dinner – not turkey! Nobody has duck for Thanksgiving – what will her teacher and the other kids think? To her surprise, Tuyet enjoys her yummy thanksgiving dinner anyhow – and an even bigger surprise is waiting for her at school on Monday. Dinners from roast beef to lamb to enchiladas adorned the Thanksgiving tables of her classmates, but they all had something in common – family! ”
“Turkey is in trouble. Bad trouble. The kind of trouble where it’s almost Thanksgiving . . . and you’re the main
course. But Turkey has an idea–what if he doesn’t look like a turkey? What if he looks like another animal instead?
After many hilarious attempts, Turkey comes up with the perfect disguise to make this Thanksgiving the best ever!”
What is Thanksgiving Day about? Giving thanks! Encourage the family to reflect on what they are grateful for this holiday season.
Get ideas on Teaching Thankfulness in our post below: