Thanksgiving games are a fun way to celebrate with kids at home or in the classroom. Whether you need some fun ideas for your Thanksgiving class party or ideas for keeping kids busy and entertained on Thanksgiving Day, you’ll find some memorable ideas in this collection of Thanksgiving games for kids.
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Thanksgiving Games for Kids
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.
Get kids moving with this turkey hunt game from Life with Moore Babies. There’s ideas for playing both indoors and outdoors.
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.
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!
Even the littlest guests can have fun planning their own Thanksgiving play dough feast with this idea from Stir the Wonder.
Thanksgiving Pictionary from Somewhat Simple would be fun for guests of all ages.
Guests could have a great time putting on a Thanksgiving show with these adorable turkey marionettes from No Biggie.
Get those wiggles out with this turkey feather hunt from No Time for Flashcards.
This Tubes & Pumpkins activity was designed to practice hand-eye coordination, patience, and problem-solving, but it can be a fun game too! Compete to see who can stack the fastest or tallest!
Make a game out of putting together a Thankfulness Chain with the kids! It’s always important to remember what we’re thankful for, and it helps the kids be more mindful.
Practice colors, patterns and gross motor skills with this turkey feather color hunt from Coffee Cups and Crayons.
I Spy is a classic family road trip game, so why not play at Thanksgiving too! Kids will have a blast searching for all the Thanksgiving-themed items!
Go Rolling for Turkeys with this fun Thanksgiving game! As an added bonus, it will help kids practice their basic math skills!
Play the Gratitude Game, and help kids remember all the good things in their lives. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to think about gratitude.
This Thanksgiving Spin & Cover game will keep your little ones entertained for hours! Plus, kids love flicking the spinner and watching it go!
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.
More Thanksgiving Ideas
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)
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Watch this short video to see just a few examples of the types of activities and printables included in this set:
The 159-page Thanksgiving Lesson Plan Set includes hands-on activities and these additional printables:
1) Pumpkin Pie Letter Matching (in color and b/w)
2) Rhyming Turkey Game
3) Turkey Color Sorting Mats (in color and b/w)
4) Turkey Counting Mats 1-20 (in color and b/w)
5) Look at the Turkey Emergent Reader (3 variations)
6) How to Make a Pumpkin Pie Sequencing Cards (in color and b/w)
7) 0-35 Turkey Number Cards (4 variations)
8) Phoneme Segmentation Turkey Activity
9) Thanksgiving Taste Test Recording Sheet (in color and b/w)
10) Thanksgiving Picture-Word Cards (in color and b/w)
11) Thanksgiving Roll and Graph (2 variations, in color and b/w)
Also available on Teachers Pay Teachers.
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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.
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