Free Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Thanksgiving Fun With These Free Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

These Thanksgiving activities for kids will keep them busy and occupied while you add the finishing touches to the holiday meal. Most of the activities can be done by themselves but a few you'll need to help them a little with or but an older sibling to the task.

The Thanksgiving activities for kids below are all free. They use items you already have on hand and  for the most part, they don't require you to make any additional purchases.

Whether you have a group of kids or just one child there are thanksgiving activities below that will work for everyone. You'll find games, educational worksheets, printable cards, coloring pages, recipes for the kids to make, and more.

Be sure to look at the other Thanksgiving freebies available to make it the best Thanksgiving yet.

Free Thanksgiving Games

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If you're looking for some Thanksgiving activities for kids to get them up and out of the house, or just quiet at the computer, then you'll want to check out this list of Thanksgiving games.

There are a lot of fun Thanksgiving activities listed here such as group games and educational games, as well as links to some online Thanksgiving games. It's a great way to keep them occupied and having fun. More

Printable Thanksgiving Coloring Pages

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Print out these turkey coloring pages and fall coloring pages and let the kids spend the afternoon coloring and decorating these fun images.

These coloring pages are a fun Thanksgiving activity for kids of all ages and you'll have some instant Thanksgiving decorations that the kids made themselves. You can even let them decorate one for each guest who's coming for dinner. More

Decorate and Send a Free Thanksgiving Card

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Have your child pick out one of these free, printable Thanksgiving cards that they'd like to decorate and send to someone they love to wish them a "Happy Thanksgiving".

The real Thanksgiving activity comes in when your child then gets to decorate the printed Thanksgiving card and then mail it out or give it to a family member or friend. More

Educational Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

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These Thanksgiving activities for kids will have them completing fun Thanksgiving word search puzzles and math worksheets that have an educational spin.

These Thanksgiving worksheets are so fun that they won't even realize just how much they're learning. More

Easy Thanksgiving Recipes That Kids Can Make

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A great Thanksgiving activity for kids is for them to roll up their sleeves and help make part of Thanksgiving dinner or just a Thanksgiving themed snack.

Here are some easy Thanksgiving recipes for kids so they can make things like pie, dip, dessert, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and more. They'll be so proud that they helped with the meal this year. More

Homemade Butter in a Jar

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A Thanksgiving activity that kids along the lines of cooking is letting them make homemade butter in a jar. This can almost be an independent activity and kids get to learn a little about science along the way.

They can make the homemade butter in the days before Thanksgiving and then it can be served with Thanksgiving dinner. More

Let the Kids Decorate the Table

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Kids love to help with Thanksgiving and letting them set and decorate the table will fill them with pride of a job well done.

These free, printable Thanksgiving table decorations include place cards, centerpieces, napkin rings, placements, dessert tags, menus, and more. They can print them out, decorate them with their art supplies, and put them on the table. The guests will love them. More

Take Them on a Turkey Trot

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Most cities have turkey trots on Thanksgiving morning. Since these are short races, they're perfect for the whole family.  These turkey trots are also a great way to burn off some calories before the big turkey dinner.

If your city doesn't have one, consider hosting your own for your family or neighborhood. More

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