Thanksgiving

Celebrate Thanksgiving with kids! Enjoy these Turkey Day activities, crafts, printables, recipes, and more.

10 Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

You and your family will gobble up the fun this Thanksgiving with these easy-to-make crafts and activities! read more

10 Tips to Avoid Turkey Day Disasters

Heard all your friends' Thanksgiving horror stories? Find out about some of the most common calamities and learn how to avoid them. read more

10 Ways to Give Thanks This Thanksgiving

The spirit of Thanksgiving is all about showing gratitude for your good fortune and giving to those who are less fortunate. Express your thanks this holiday season by involving the whole family in volunteering, donating, and spreading kindness. Try these great ideas to teach your children graciousness and goodwill. And don't forget -- you can use these ideas all year round! read more

11 Awesome Family Activities for Thanksgiving Day

Looking for a fun way to spend Thanksgiving Day, or want to start some meaningful Turkey Day traditions? This mix of kid-friendly indoor and outdoor activities will bring your family closer together in the true spirit of the holiday. read more

8 Ways to Plan Ahead for Turkey Day

Thanksgiving can be hectic. By planning ahead for all aspects of the holiday, you can make it a relaxed and enjoyable occasion for everybody. read more

9 Creative Ways to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey

The tradition of preparing and feasting on a Thanksgiving meal dates to the 17th century, when the first European settlers arrived on these shores. Although Turkey Day celebrations vary by region, family, and personal preference, eating turkey is a custom shared by 95% of the population, according to the National Turkey Federation. Follow this slideshow to learn about the different ways Thanksgiving turkeys are prepared in the U.S. read more

A Thanksgiving Poem

Use the word "Thanksgiving" to create a poem about the holidays. This printable activity strengthens both creative writing and history skills, plus it's fun! read more

A Thanksgiving Quilt

Use your crayons and felt markers to design a creative Thanksgiving quilt. Students will love this printable arts & crafts activity, perfect to enjoy during the Thanksgiving season. read more

Cooking a Thanksgiving Turkey

Cooking a Thanksgiving TurkeyWhether you're a new cook or an old hand, follow these simple steps to turn out a safe, tasty turkey! What's the best way to thaw a turkey? The best and safest way to thaw a turkey is in the fridge. If time is an issue, you can submerge the turkey in cold water. Don't defrost at room temperature, because that allows bacteria to grow. read more

Dry Leaf Collage

Dry Leaf CollageMaterials Construction paper Scissors Dry leaves Glue stick Directions Cut one or two leaf shapes out of construction paper. Crinkle up dry leaves until they're in fairly small pieces (this may be your toddler's favorite part). Spread glue on one side of the construction paper leaf and sprinkle with dry leaf pieces. If you like, punch a hole in the construction paper and hang to display. read more

Genealogy Activities for Thanksgiving

Genealogy Activities for Thanksgiving Giving Thanks for the Family Tree read more

Hand and Feet Thanksgiving Turkeys

Hand and Feet Thanksgiving TurkeysAge: Preschool through elementaryTime: An hour or more Type of activity: Arts-and-crafts Make this Thanksgiving a hands-on experience for your child. These turkeys are a great decoration for your refrigerator. Make a new one each year to see how (fast) your little one grows! Materials: read more

Holiday Place Card Creator

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Let's Talk Turkey Quiz

When it comes to holiday food, nothing's more all-American than a turkey dinner with all the fixings. But how much do you really know about this sizzling centerpiece? Here's your chance to strut your stuff! read more

Mayflower Coloring Page

Print out and color the picture of the Mayflower, the ship that brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth, MA, in 1620. read more

Native American Indian Crafts

Students will learn about American Indian arts and crafts as they make weavings, pottery, masks, and more. These are activities to enjoy during November, American Indian Heritage Month, and the weeks around Thanksgiving. read more

Paper Plate Turkey

Paper Plate TurkeyMaterials Paper plate Brown paint or crayon Construction paper in various colors Glue or paste Markers or crayons Directions Have your child color a paper plate with brown paint or crayons. Cut feathers out of colored construction paper, and glue them to the edge of the plate. Cut out a head, a neck, and feet, and glue them to the plate. Draw a turkey face with markers or crayons. read more

Pilgrim Coloring Page

This printable coloring page featuring Pilgrims will help you celebrate Thanksgiving. read more

Pilgrim Hats

Pilgrim HatsMaterials: Utility knife Any circular item about 4 inches in diameter 10-ounce Styrofoam or paper cups Pen, pencil, or marker Scissors Popcorn, candy, or other treats Black and white paper GlueDirections: read more

Pilgrims Meet the New World

Children practice map-reading skills by analyzing a printable map showing the landing of the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Use this activity when studying the American colonies and Thanksgiving. read more

Pin the Feathers on the Turkey

Print this fun Thanksgiving game to play with your kids and family! Hang the picture of the turkey (page 1) on the wall, and cut out the colorful feathers (page 2) for players to pin on the turkey, like the classic game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Also try our Pin the Hat on the Pilgrim game. read more

Pin the Hat on the Pilgrim

Looking for a fun Thanksgiving game to play with your kids? Hang the picture of the pilgrim (page 1) on the wall, and cut out the hats (page 2) for players to pin on the pilgrim, like the classic game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Also try our Pin the Feathers on the Turkey game. read more

Pinecone Thanksgiving Turkey

Pinecone Thanksgiving Turkey Pick up some pinecones on your next nature walk, and turn them into an easy-to-make, festive turkey decoration for your Thanksgiving table. Age: Preschool through elementaryTime: An hour or more Type of activity: Arts-and-crafts Materials: read more

Printable Thanksgiving Grocery List

Make sure you have everything you need to roast a turkey and prepare all the trimmings for the big feast on Thanksgiving Day with our printable grocery list. read more

Rainbow Turkey Stamp

Rainbow Turkey StampMaterials Brown, red, yellow, and green paint Paper Markers Directions Paint your child's palm and thumb brown, then paint strips of red, yellow, and green across his fingers (like a rainbow). Press his hand on a piece of paper to make a turkey print. When the paint is dry, use markers to add the eye, beak, and feet. read more

Savory Stuffing

Savory Stuffing You can make your stuffing from scratch without a lot of hassle if you use prepared seasoned bread-stuffing cubes. You'll get rave reviews from your family for this special stuffing recipe sent to me by Dr. Robert Barnet of Reno, Nevada. Level: Moderately easy Time involved: One to two hours Ingredients: read more

Set Design for "Pilgrims of Plymouth"

Design a set for "Pilgrims of Plymouth," using dimensions in feet and inches. This arts & crafts activity is great for studying American history, Pilgrims, and Thanksgiving. read more

Tall Ships Quiz

How much do you know about the historic Tall Ships? read more

Thank-You Card

This Thanksgiving, show your thanks to the people who have made an impact on your life by presenting them with one of these cards. read more

Thankful Thanksgiving Tablecloth

Thankful Thanksgiving TableclothAge: All agesTime: 30 minutes or more Type of activity: Arts-and-crafts This project is a great way to incorporate the true meaning of Thanksgiving into your holiday celebration. Your kids can start it now and keep adding to it throughout the holiday season. Why not make it a yearly family tradition?Materials needed:White tableclothFelt tip pensDirections: read more