The week of Thanksgiving usually sees our family with extra time to do fun things together. Yes, we may need to prepare for the holiday, but in between the baking and the decorating there are lazy hours open for fun.
If you have a 4 year old, you know how every “lazy” hour needs to be jammed with activity.
That is why we are presenting this list of the best age-appropriate activities we could find! If you have younger kids or just need more ideas, don’t miss our 25+ Thanksgiving Activities for Toddlers or 25+ Thanksgiving Activities for 3 Year Olds. I just couldn’t narrow it down to 25 on this one, so here are a few more!
Thanksgiving Activities for 4-Year-Olds
Shape Turkeys - These triangles, circles and rectangles never looked so festive!
Play Dough Turkey – This is such a fun way to play with playdough and create something that is super cute.
Kool Aid Pumpkins - The colors on this are so bright and vibrant, you would never guess what made it that way.
Thanksgiving Coloring Pages - These coloring pages double as Thanksgiving dinner placemats – oh so much fun!
No-bake Thanksgiving Cookies – Decorate a turkey or a pilgrim hat. Half the fun will be eating it!
Painted Name Pumpkins – These are so cute and will display your child’s name. They would make super cute 3D placecards at a Thanksgiving table.
Gratitude Tree - This simple gratitude tree idea will have kids drawing what they are thankful for.
Make Butter – One of my favorite activities with kids is perfect for Thanksgiving because you will have fresh butter for the meal!
Paper Headband – A strip of construction paper never looked so good!
Fall Sensory Bin – Touch and see autumn with this fall-themed sensory bin.
Kid-Made Place Setting – A lovely way to get kids involved in setting the table for Thanksgiving with all sorts of themed goodies!
Top that Pie - A fun math activity that includes a free printable to set up a learning pumpkin pie.
Thankfulness Tree – Kids of all ages can get involved in expressing their thankfulness through this tree craft.
Turkey Snack - It isn’t left-overs, it is an apple turkey perfect for an afternoon snack.
Fall Family Outings – So many ideas, so little autumn afternoons left…
Same or Different Thanksgiving Printable - This printable worksheet is Thanksgiving-themed and will explore image similarities and differences.
Thanksgiving Poem – I adore this! It is a poem to go along with a traditional handprint turkey. Absolutely perfect to send to relatives that may not make it for the holiday.
Feather Turkey – Grab some glue and make this colorful turkey with as many feathers as will stick!
Toilet Paper Roll Turkeys – These are bright and colorful and very, very cute.
Thanksgiving Handwriting Practice Worksheets – This is a fun way to practice handwriting skills with a holiday theme.
Autumn Tree Craft – Make trees out of…well, trees! This is a cute craft that starts with a trip outside.
Paper Plate Boat - Make the Mayflower out of paper plates and discuss the first Thanksgiving.
Fine Motor Turkey Craft – Little hands manipulating many different textures to create a fun and festive turkey end product.
Family Handprint - Get the entire family involved with this wall hanging that could be a tradition for years to come.
Paper Towel Roll Turkey Napkin Rings – There are a bunch of traditional Thanksgiving crafts rolled into one magnificent napkin ring on this project.
Thanksgiving Count and Clip Cards – A tray activity using free printables that will have kids counting leaves while playing this simple math game.
Number Turkeys – Early math skills are weaved into this cute turkey craft.
Make Bead Napkin Rings - This is a cute idea to have kids make napkin rings that are fit for a Thanksgiving spread.
Fantail Turkey Craft - Make these turkeys with folded paper for a really fun tail.
Pretend Thanksgiving Dinner – This is such a cute pretend play scenario complete with a white table cloth!
Read a Thanksgiving Book – Here is a list of books about Thanksgiving that can get you started on telling the Thanksgiving story.
How to Teach Manners for Holiday Gatherings - This is something we all want to do ahead of time so there is no parental cringing at the Thanksgiving table!