Thanksgiving is a great time for friends and family. Gathering everyone together for a great meal is fun, but keeping kids happy and engaged for the entire holiday can be difficult. Little ones need activities to keep them busy and part of the holiday, so everyone can enjoy themselves. Here are seven Thanksgiving activities for kids to keep them happy and occupied the whole day!
1. Table Crafts
Every Thanksgiving table has a great centerpiece. Why not have one for the kid’s table? Cover the table with kraft paper or large sheets of white paper. Use small boxes or baskets and fill them with craft supplies: string and beads to make necklaces (beads can be a choking hazard for kids under 3), stamps and stamp pads, colored pencils, crayons, foam shapes and stickers. Let the kids’ imagination run wild and they will keep themselves occupied for hours.
2. Turkey Hunt
Think of it as an Easter-egg hunt, but with a Thanksgiving theme. Purchase a bunch of colorful feathers and hide them around the yard or house, then let the kids run wild finding them. You can have awards for the winners or have the winner eat first.
Upcycle your Halloween decorations into Thanksgiving decor. Research DIY projects and find ways to reuse pumpkins, pinecones, and more in your home all season long. Kids will have a great time helping out and being creative.
4. Place Card Appreciation
Being thankful is the reason for the season. Make it easy for your kids to say what they are thankful for by writing it down. Have your kids make place cards for each guest, then write why they are thankful for each guest. Have your guests read them out loud and enjoy the laughs and happiness.
5. Will Run To Food
A great family activity is running. Many towns have races on Thanksgiving morning called ‘Turkey Trots.’ Get the whole family involved: Push little ones in strollers and let bigger kids run/walk/skip/ hop their way to the finish. They will work up an appetite for the great feast later.
6. Corn Husk Challenge
Hand each kid a few corn ears in husks. Make sure they all have the same amount. Let them race to see who can finish husking first. It is a semi-messy fun-fest that will leave the kids happy and smiling.
7. Thanksgiving Baking
Baking is a great way to engage kids during the holidays. Try a new recipe from Pinterest or teach your little ones a family recipe passed down from generation to generation. Pumpkin whoopie pie is a must try! Let the kids help make a shopping list of baking supplies you’ll need and head to the grocery store together.
These activities are sure to keep the kids entertained all holiday long. What activities do you and your family take part in around the holidays?
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