Thanksgiving is a celebration filled with delicious food, fun games, happy music, and lots of dancing. It’s no surprise it’s one of our favorite holidays!
We like Thanksgiving so much, that we created these Thanksgiving facts printable that you can print out as either a full-color sheet to read wherever you are, or the black and white version that doubles as Thanksgiving coloring pages!
Thanksgiving Facts For Kids
We made these Thanksgiving facts worksheets with kids in mind, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your own copy and color it too!
Did you know that Pilgrims didn’t wear buckled hats? Or that during the first celebrations, the Pilgrims didn’t use forks? There’s so much to learn about Thanksgiving, so get ready!
We hope you’ll share some of these fun Thanksgiving facts with your family and friends!
12 Interesting Facts About Thanksgiving
- The very first Thanksgiving was celebrated in the autumn of 1621.
- Thanksgiving didn’t become a national holiday until over 200 years later!
- Years ago, Thanksgiving was stretched out over 3 days (or more), where people feasted on food, sang and danced around.
- Pilgrims didn’t wear buckled hats.
- The first Thanksgivings didn’t have Turkey – The Pilgrims and Indians ate duck, venison, cod, bread, pumpkins and cranberries.
- During the first celebrations, the Pilgrims didn’t use forks because they weren’t invented yet so they ate with their hands.
- Each year since 1947, the president of the U.S pardons a turkey and it’s sent to happily live on a farm.
- The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1924 and instead of balloons, it featured live animals from Central Park Zoo.
- The Snoopy balloon has appeared more times in the Macy’s parade more than any other balloon.
- Wild turkeys can run 20 miles per hour when they are scared. So fast!
- There are four towns in the United States named “Turkey.” They can be found in Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, and North Carolina.
- The average number of calories consumed on Thanksgiving is 4,500.
Our Thanksgiving fun fact sheets can be printed two ways. A full color version to make learning more fun and engaging, or a black and white version to color it after the lesson.
Need coloring supplies? Here are some kid favorites:
- For drawing the outline, a simple pencil can work great.
- Colored pencils are great for coloring in the bat.
- Create a bolder, solid look using fine markers.
- Gel pens come in any color you can imagine.
- Don’t forget a pencil sharpener.
You can find LOADS of super fun coloring pages for kids & adults here. Have fun!
More Thanksgiving fun from Kids Activities Blog
- Here’s a great activity to help teach kids gratitude – with free printables!
- More coloring fun with these Thanksgiving doodles!
- Here are 3 great books about the story of Thanksgiving
- Here are 30 kid friendly pumpkin activities