Creating Thanksgiving activities for kids

Find the Turkey Scavenger Hunt

If you are looking for a holiday-themed hide-and-seek game, consider using turkey pictures. Print out several pics of turkeys, and dress them up in hats, goggles, an apron, and then hide them around the room. Next, print out a master sheet with all the pictures you hid, and have kids look around for them, and cross them off the list when they find them. First to find all the turkeys is the winner.

Pin the Tail on the Turkey

Similar to the “Pin the tail on the donkey game,” print out, or draw a large turkey on a poster board. Then create a “tail” for the turkey out of construction paper and add some tape to the back of it. Kids can then take turns with their eyes covered, trying to pin the tail on the turkey picture you created.

Draw Hand Turkeys

This is an easy way for kids to get involved in Thanksgiving. Have them use crayons or a marker to trace their hand onto a piece of paper. It looks like a turkey! Then they can add colors to the fingers to look like feathers and draw a beak and a face to make the turkey come to life! There are a few other turkey drawing techniques you can try. Read about it here:

What Are You Thankful For

This time of year, it’s important to remind kids what they are thankful for. Maybe its family, maybe a pet, or maybe something else. Have them do a group activity where you provide them with a number of “feathers” with words on them to attach to their turkey (which you can draw or make out of construction paper). The kids can choose what they are thankful for and add the feathers to the turkey! It’s an easy and thoughtful activity.