Aaahhh… The holiday chaos – so much to do, and so many people in the house! Yes, I love Thanksgiving – okay, maybe it’s got a just little something to do with all the food… 🙂 I hope this round-up of family-friendly freebies adds to the festive cheer! Here’s a great selection of Thanksgiving games and activities that even the older kids will love, fantastic craft ideas, perfect for adding that personal touch, beautiful coloring pages to keep the kids (or adults) busy for ages and even a couple of Thanksgiving decor ideas. I hope you enjoy!
Thanksgiving Games and Activities
1. Gratitude photo scavenger hunt – This one’s great for tweens or teens, and for the adults too. Grab a camera or phone, and start snapping pictures of all those things that make smile. The gratitude scavenger hunt from Let’s Get together is what Thanksgiving games are all about!
2. Homemade butter and Roll-a-Turkey game by Lemon Squeezy – Educational and fun! There’s a full color and a black and white version to download and print, if the kids would prefer to color their own.
3. Thanksgiving bingo – round up the whole family for a game of Thanksgiving bingo. Crazy Little Projects has 8 different cards to download, so everyone can get involved! (if your family’s really large, just team up 🙂 ).
4. Thanksgiving memory game – all that turkey’s bound to make the family sleepy. Keep the memories sharp by playing a few rounds of this great Thanksgiving game by Jinxy Kids. Free full color printable.
5. Thanksgiving Mad Libs for kids – I mean, come on, who doesn’t love the hilarity of mad libs!? Now just throw in some good old, Thanksgiving gratitude fun and you’ve got a sure fire winner! My Sister’s Suitcase has a great selection to choose from.
6. Thanksgiving scavenger hunt – The Resourceful Mama actually has a whole bunch of scavenger hunts to download – they all look great, but this is the one that had the turkey on it! 😉 I know what i’m looking for first!
7. Thanksgiving would you rather questions for kids of all ages. Perfect for around the table. Download your copy here (classroomfreebies.com)
Fantastic Thanksgiving Craft Ideas (easy enough to do on Thanksgiving Day – no mess, no fuss 😉 )
8. Fine motor TP turkey craft – If you have an older kid around, you could always get them to help supervise the little ones with these (maybe just skip the hot glue step and only use the rubber band). I bet you they’ll even end up crafting their very own turkey creations! Get the details and instructions here (Fantastic Fun and Learning).
9. Leaf turkey craft – Send the kids out to collect autumn leaves, and then create these beautiful, festive turkeys with the treasures they bring back! Crafty Morning has all the details.
10. Mr and Mrs Turkey – This Mr and Mrs Turkey (think Mr Potato Head) craft might require a little more prep beforehand on your part (get those scissors ready!), but it’s such a fun one to pop on the kids table, i just had to share it! Think of how much fun the kids are going to have with this one! All the printables and instructions here (Kiki Creates).
11. Turkey color match craft – I love this fine motor turkey craft from Laly Mom! Fantastic for fine motor development, fun, and so colorful! You could even set up a whole bunch beforehand on a couple of sheets of paper for all the littles to work together!
12. Count Your Blessings tree – Isn’t this what Thanksgiving’s really all about? This is a great craft for the whole family to do together, and you could even frame them afterwards! Somewhat Simple did a fantastic job of creating this stunning free printables.
Thanksgiving coloring pages
13. Thanksgiving placemats and napkin rings – Kids Activities Blog has a fantastic selection of coloring pages that you can cut out and turn into functioning Thanksgiving decor once the kids are done! What a great idea!
14. Coloring Pages for tween and teens – I know my daughter is going to love doing these! Dawn Nicole did a beautiful job with the artwork, and i love how you can personalise each one to your own taste!
15. Coloring pages for the younger kids – Let’s not forget the littler one! Mr Printables has a selection of 9 super Thanksgiving printables that are guaranteed to keep the kids happy, and add a touch of color to any Thanksgiving table. Check it out and choose your favorite.
Thanksgiving Decor Ideas
16. Thanksgiving conversation starter cards – Happy Home Fairy has a super selection of funny and thoughtful conversation starters to download and print for your Thanksgiving get-together.
17. Placemat, food label and menu set – This set from Whatever Deedee Wants is so beautiful, i’m sure you’re guests are going to think you went out and bought this one especially for Thanksgiving!
18. Disney Thanksgiving centerpiece – Head on over to the Disney site for this fantastic classic Disney centerpiece – place it wisely and it even looks 3D!
19. Thanksgiving paper chain – Who said paper chains are only for Christmas? Look at how beautiful and elegant these ones from Silver Box Creatives are! Just print them out, fill in what your thankful for and build your chains. Beautiful!
20. Thanksgiving favor bags – So many to choose from! 17 styles in black and white or color, in fact! Check them and download your template here (coolest-free-printables.com)
I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving!