November 23 is right around the corner, and for those of us in the U.S., you know what that means…
Thanksgiving is almost here!
Over the next few days, families across the country will be ordering turkeys, stocking up on all the necessary ingredients, pulling out the Thanksgiving decorations, and coordinating travel logistics to visit friends and family.
You may be looking for ways to keep the younger generation of siblings, cousins, and friends occupied as the grown-ups are cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
And no, we don’t mean putting them in front of the TV to watch movies all day.
It’s smart to have a few fun and meaningful activities planned that serve as safe and engaging entertainment for the little ones.
Not to worry. We’ll help you get the ball rolling.
Read on for three creative and interactive activities you can organize for the children in your family on Thanksgiving Day.
Pin the Feather on the Turkey
Who said donkeys should get all the attention?
Pin the Feather on the Turkey is sure to get kids giggling as they watch each other attempt to accurately pin a feather on a Thanksgiving turkey.
Be sure to find a good spot in the house without breakable items (that glass family heirloom won’t last long around blindfolded children).
Also, make sure you’re stocked up on construction paper (in brown, yellow, red, white, and black), patterned paper, scissors, and stickers.
Using the construction paper, cut out all the pieces for your turkey--a large circle for the body, smaller circle for the head, yellow feet and beak, eyes, and a bright red wattle.
From there, encourage the kids to spend time creating and decorating feathers from patterned paper and stickers.
When the feathers have been prepared, give kids a blindfold, spin them around, and cheer them on as they attempt to reunite feathers with the turkeys.
Gratitude Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are great group activities for all occasions.
To add a Thanksgiving-themed twist to a hunt, we recommend you focus it on gratitude.
Helping children reflect on what they are grateful for in a fun way is a fantastic method to ensure that they develop a lifelong gratitude practice.
Using the following list as a template, encourage participating children to find items that they’re grateful for.
Find something you’re grateful for…
Give children the chance to present their findings sometime before, during, or after the Thanksgiving meal.
To add an additional layer of fun, give all participants a prize at the end of the hunt in appreciation of their participation.
Thanksgiving Mad Libs
From getting creative while filling in the blanks to doubling over with laughter as you shared your completed page with your friends, mad libs were the coolest thing on the block back when we were kids.
Good news--they’re still around and enjoyed by kids today!
Mad libs can be a great source of entertainment (not to mention reading and writing practice) for some of the older children attending your Thanksgiving meal.
Write your own Thanksgiving-themed mad libs (complete with fill-in-the-blanks) and print several copies for participating children.
Hand the sheets out and watch their creativity and sense of humor take a crack at filling them in!
We hope you and the children you hold near and dear to your hearts enjoy participating in these activities.
If you have additional tips, ideas, or insights on fun children’s activities for Thanksgiving, we’d love to hear them!