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Thanksgiving Activities and Traditions

Celebrate Thanksgiving and create traditions with your kids! Get in the spirit of Turkey Day with these activities, crafts, worksheets, and lessons for children.

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

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

Genealogy Activities for Thanksgiving

Genealogy Activities for Thanksgiving Giving Thanks for the Family Tree 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

Pilgrim Coloring Page

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

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

Thanksgiving Activity Book

Print out this booklet of fun Thanksgiving puzzles, games, coloring pages, and learning activities that will get kids in the Turkey Day spirit. It's a great way to entertain children on long car trips! read more

Thanksgiving Dinner Maze

Help the Pilgrims and Native Americans find their way through the maze to the Thanksgiving feast. read more

Thanksgiving Family Activity: Pass the Talking Fork!

Thanksgiving Family Activity: Pass the Talking Fork!Before your family leaves the dinner table this year, raise your fork and demand a story! Try this conversation-starting activity. Start a New Tradition This old storytelling game has been around forever, but it just might do the trick when the kids have cleaned their plates and are ready to fly out the door again. Just ask: "Did everybody use a fork?" They'll all nod. read more

Thanksgiving Fill-in-the-Blank

Have someone give you a word for each blank space. Then fill in the blanks and read the story out loud for a few laughs! read more

Thanksgiving History

Travel back in time and find out what the Pilgrims were really up to at their first Thanksgiving. read more

Thanksgiving History and Traditions

How much do you know about Thanksgiving history and traditions? read more

Thanksgiving Ideas

Traditions are a fun part of every family's holiday season. The staff here at FamilyEducation would like to share some of our favorite family traditions, and the fond memories that come along with them! read more

Thanksgiving Murals

Thanksgiving MuralsAge: Preschool through elementaryTime: 30 minutes to 1 hour Type of activity: Arts-and-crafts Materials:Poster boardOld magazinesPaper and pen (optional)Markers and crayonsDecorative items: buttons, glitter, bits of fabric or felt, sparkles, etc.Glue This activity will help you show your child what "being thankful" really means. Directions: read more

Thanksgiving Parade Bingo

Looking for a fun activity related to the Thanksgiving Day parade? Print out this parade bingo game, which encourages kids to watch the event from start to finish while Mom and Dad are busy preparing a holiday feast! read more

Thanksgiving Tree

Thanksgiving TreeMaterials Construction paper in fall colors Poster board or cardboard Scissors Markers Glue or paste Old catalogs or magazines (optional) Directions read more

Thanksgiving Turkey Traditions at the White House

Since 1947, The National Turkey Federation (NTF) and The Poultry and Egg National Board (PENB) have donated a turkey to the White House each Thanksgiving—a tradition that is often confused with the Thanksgiving presidential turkey pardon. Officially, the presidential turkey pardon began during George H.W. Bush's first Thanksgiving in the White House in 1989. Prior to that event, presidents were more likely to eat the donated birds rather than spare them. Follow this slideshow for pictures and information about the presidents and the fate of their Thanksgiving turkeys. read more

Thanksgiving Word Hunt

This printable wordsearch covers Thanksgiving vocabulary. This activity is a fun way to connect language arts, American history, and the holidays. Plus, students can increase their understanding of the history of Thanksgiving. read more

Thanksgiving Word Search Printable Activity

Print out this worksheet and get to work trying to find all of the hidden Thanksgiving vocabulary words! read more

Turkey Cut and Color

Print out this Thanksgiving turkey and have fun coloring it! read more

Turkey Day Quiz

Give thanks for knowledge with our Thanksgiving trivia. read more

Turkey Hat

Turkey HatAge: Preschool through elementaryTime: An hour or more Type of activity: Arts-and-crafts Involve your child in the Thanksgiving festivities -- turn her into a turkey! This project is a great way to keep her busy while you're cooking the real bird.Materials: read more