I adore Thanksgiving. It seems to be the holiday of family peace between Halloween and Christmas.
Even though it is packed in the part of the season when decorating and shopping is on my mind, there seems to be downtime around Thanksgiving that is open for having a little family fun.
We have scoured the internet for Thanksgiving-themed activities for kids and this is the first in a 4 part series on age-related Thanksgiving activities for kids!
Thanksgiving Activities for Toddlers
Thanksgiving Coloring Pages – These simple shapes are great for toddler crayon skills. The bonus is that they double as Thanksgiving placemats.
Play Pumpkin Pie – This preciously adorable felt faux food is seasonally perfect. Little hands will enjoy playing with their food while we will all be glad it is mess-free.
Thanksgiving Tree – This is a family activity that can include everyone…including the little ones. It is always a good thing to start the conversation of gratefulness.
Torn Paper Turkey Craft – Oh how I giggle when everything you need for a craft is in the craft drawer. This is one of those simple things you can pull out and do within the next 3 minutes.
Bottle Cap Turkey Magnets. Go small. Make fridge magnets with bottle caps.
Thanksgiving Headband – Inspired by the Native Americans who made the first Thanksgiving possible.
Thanksgiving Game – This simple game will have all the kids running with a grateful heart. It can be modified for any level of play.
Fine Motor Turkey – This is a simple homemade toy that will challenge toddlers and their proprioceptive abilities!
Cookie Cutter Stencil Tree – Using the cookie cutters in a kitchen drawer, your toddler can create art.
Native American Head Dress – Learn about the people who lived here before us with this American Indian inspired craft.
Fall Family Outings – Lots of ideas to get the entire family outside to enjoy autumn and the Thanksgiving air.
Thankful Hands – This simple craft involves hand tracing and a thankful spirit.
Handprint Feathered Turkey – A fun, easy preschool craft.
Coffee Filter Turkey – Using a salad spinner and some paint, this craft is sure to be a toddler hit!
Decorate a Turkey – I love how this simple activity can be made age-appropriate based on the materials you provide for turkey dressing (up).
Native American Dolls – These simple play people are upcycled toilet paper rolls and can be personalized to a toddler’s specifications.
Handprint Ship – A toddler’s handprint is transformed into a pilgrim ship with a bit of paint and construction paper shapes. It is something they will love to do and then send as a card.
Pumpkin from a plate – This site has several easy preschool crafts.
Pasta Turkeys – This silly sensory play is sure to be a hit with kids that adore their time to be filled with a tad of messy.
DIY Art Placemats – Get the entire family involved in creating custom placemats from their art for Thanksgiving dinner!
We are Thankful Display – Toddlers can get involved in the family thankfulness display.
Colorful Turkey Suncatcher – Transform a little tissue paper into a bright and happy turkey to hang in the window. This post has a free printable so your turkey will resemble a turkey too!
Thankful Heart Tree – Another family thankful tree that makes a sweet holiday tradition.
Thanksgiving Centerpiece – This table centerpiece is easy enough that a toddler can be involved in the process.
Simple Thanksgiving Coloring Page – This simple design is perfect for baby’s first coloring page.
Geometric Turkey – With some shapes that require little adult skill to create, a toddler can assemble their own colorful turkey and decorate.
Felt Turkey Assembly – If you are looking for a quiet activity, this is the perfect fit. Felt cut into simple shapes that toddlers can make a turkey…or something else.
Handprint Turkey – This child craft Thanksgiving tradition is always lots of fun.
Footprint Turkey – This child craft Thanksgiving tradition has a twist!
Paper Plate Boat – Build a ship out of paper plates. If you are brave, grab some paint too.
November Coloring Pages – This set of three free printable coloring pages can be used with crayons, paint or whatever a toddler thinks up!
Thanksgiving Books for Kids – A list of books that will get your family in the Thanksgiving spirit.