Thanksgiving is such a fun time for kids because the family spends time together. Â It is one of the few times of year that there is blocks of time devoted to spending with family. Â Kids love to be in the middle of baking, cooking, playing games and telling stories.
If you have a 3-year-old, you know how “in the middle” feels! Â They adore to touch, experience and participate no matter what the adventure. Â Earlier this week Kids Activities Blog featured 25+ Thanksgiving Activities for toddlers and today we are having fun with 3 year olds!
Thanksgiving Activities for 3-Year-Olds
Making Butter – I love this idea to get kids to expend some energy and make a delicious part of Thanksgiving dinner!
Fall Crown – If you have a little queen or king in your house, then making a fall crown can be lots of fun.
Make Thanksgiving Placecards – Get the kids involved in making placecards for Thanksgiving dinner. Â This is so simple that everyone can get involved.
Thanksgiving Coloring Pages – These are some of my favorite coloring pages of all time. Â They double as placemats to increase a child’s ability to help be a part of dinner prep.
Handprint Turkeys – Two versions of one of the favorite, time-tested Thanksgiving activity of all time, handprint turkeys!
Thanksgiving Headband – Inspired by the Native Americans who made the first Thanksgiving possible.
Play Dough Turkey – This couldn’t be cuter or more “doable”. Â Grab a few feathers, googly eyes and pipe cleaners and your play dough turkey might actually look like a turkey!
Thankfulness Tree – Transform a window in your home into a tree full of thanks. Â I love the simplicity of this and how kids can really get involved…even at the age of 3.
Coffee Filter Turkey -Â Using a salad spinner and some paint, this craft is sure to be a hit!
Pipe Cleaner Turkey – A paper plate, a hole punch and some pipe cleaners are a really fun way to create a turkey.
Share a Thanksgiving Treat – This is an amazing project that started with the book, The Firefighter’s Thanksgiving, and ended with the family visiting their local fire department.
Gratitude Basket – This adorable turkey basket has a mission of thankfulness. Â It would make a really cute table decoration for dinner too!
Paper Plate Pilgrims – This is absolutely the cutest set of pilgrims constructed out of paper plates…ever!
Printable Game Placemats – Thanksgiving dinner can be fun and games with this series of game placemats.
Thanksgiving-theme Sensory Bin – The base of this sensory bin is…corn! Â Add some other seasonably textured items and you have a fun sensory experience.
Lollipop Turkeys – This is a really creative use of left-over Halloween candy for Thanksgiving fun! Â And if you don’t have gourds to make the turkeys, you can transform the actual lollipops into turkeys!
M&M Turkey with Free Printable – This is a really cute coloring activity that uses some of that candy you have left from Halloween.
Handprint Turkey Puppets – This super cute idea transforms a handprint turkey into a puppet in need of a fall stage.
Paper Bag Turkey – Your 3 y/o may need a little help with this, but it is sure to be a family tradition after you make one.
Plastic Bag Turkey – This Thanksgiving craft is easier than it looks because it upcycles plastic bags with the help of some pipe cleaners.
Leaf Garland Decor – Get everyone involved in gathering fall leaves to decorate for the holiday!
Paper Plate Boat – The pilgrims would be proud to sail in such a fine paper plate vessel.
Simple Printable Placemats – These are precious and the perfect size for chubby fingers to color with big crayons!
Thankful Turkey Craft – Kids can color the free printable that creates the turkey with the help of a tin can and have some help with assembly.
Handprint Turkeys with Clothes Pin Legs – All I can say is these are precious and I want to make them right now.
Greeting Relatives – Holidays can be challenging for your average 3 year old because there may be a lot of activity around the house with people that they are “supposed” to know. Â I love this article on how to help you child feel comfortable greeting relatives.