Thanksgiving Games

Are you looking for some fun ideas for keeping kids busy and entertained on Thanksgiving Day? With all of the excitement it can be helpful to have a couple activities in mind.

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Featured Thanksgiving Games

These creative games were shared in the recent Discover & Explore Thanksgiving theme.

This turkey baster pom pom race idea from School Time Snippets is such a fun boredom buster, and I think it would be a hit with kidsd (and grownups?) of all ages.

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Get kids moving with this turkey hunt game from Life with Moore Babies. There’s ideas for playing both indoors and outdoors.

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

These turkey hats aren’t exactly a “game” themselves, but I bet they’d inspire a lot of active play for your little turkey guests during Thanksgiving. I know my kids would love dancing and acting like turkeys.

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

This feed the turkey game from Life with Moore Babies is designed to practice sight words, but it could be modified for many different purposes on Thanksgiving Day. You could label the “turkey food” with the name of the foods being cooked and let the kids visually track when dinner will be ready by “feeding” the turkey as each food item is finished. Or you could have “turkey food” labeled with the names of each guest you are expecting. As each person arrives kids could “feed” the turkey and help keep track of who has yet to arrive for the celebration.

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Even the littlest guests can have fun planning their own Thanksgiving play dough feast with this idea from Stir the Wonder.

Play Dough Feast

More Thanksgiving Game Ideas

Here are some more ideas that I think would be fun to include during Thanksgiving festivities.

Thanksgiving Pictionary from Somewhat Simple would be fun for guests of all ages.

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Guests could have a great time putting on a Thanksgiving show with these adorable turkey marionettes from No Biggie.

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Get those wiggles out with this turkey feather hunt from No Time for Flashcards.

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Practice colors, patterns and gross motor skills with this turkey feather color hunt from Coffee Cups and Crayons.

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Continue the fun and learning with these hands-on roll and color turkey math activities. Depending on your goals kids can practice color recognition, shape recognition, matching sets, matching numbers, addition and more.


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More Thanksgiving Ideas from the Discover and Explore Co-hosts

Thanksgiving Activities from the Discover and Explore co-hosts

Handmade Turkey Puzzle for Thanksgiving (KC Edventures)

Crafts for Kids: Beaded Napkin Rings (Buggy and Buddy)

Turkey Play Dough (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

Planning a Thanksgiving Feast  (Teach Preschool)

Fine Motor Turkey Activities for Toddlers (Twodaloo)

Upcoming Discover and Explore Themes

  • November 13-Cooking with Kids (currently open)
  • November 20–Life Skills
  • November 27–Gifts
  • December 4–December Holidays
  • December 11–Indoor Games & Play Ideas
  • December 18–Winter

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Less stress, more connecting this holiday season? Yes, PLEASE!

From the arrival of fall to Halloween to Thanksgiving and Christmas, the last four months of the year can be a wonderful opportunity for making family memories and spending time together, but they can also be stressful as we try to collect ideas, recipes, and activities to try together.

Stephanie Morgan, founder of Modern Parents Messy Kids, a site that’s been voted Best Craft Blog in Parents Magazine and one of’s Top 50 Craft Mom Blogs, recently released a new eBook to help us have a little less stress and more time to connect with family this year.

Stephanie’s goal is to make it easier on all of us to enjoy the holidays with our kids. Hands-On Holidays is 100 pages full of her family’s very favorite ways to connect as a family over the holiday season. I love the convenience of having so many ideas in one place, and most of them are simple enough for even my toddler to participate in.

The book includes picture book suggestions, DIY decor, activities, and treats. Bonus sections also offer even more ideas to enjoy. Click here to view more details.


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  1. Thanks for the features! Lots of cute ideas; I love that puppet!

  2. Great ideas! I love the turkeys in the grass!

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