Fun Activities for Kids for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is all about family, friends and serious food prep. To help you keep your focus on that turkey that needs basting, we’ve rounded up easy and fun Thanksgiving activities, crafts and games your crew can play during the big day. From pumpkin tic-tac-toe to outdoor Thanksgiving games for kids, we’ve got something for everyone. Keep reading to see them all.

Thanksgiving Turkey Ring Toss

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This adorable, make-ahead Thanksgiving ring toss game from Hands On As We Grow is the perfect craft and game combo. It’s super easy to do, and only needs a few supplies—some of which you probably already have around the house! We bet the adults will have as much fun as the kids with this one. 

Turkey Waddle

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Your kids can giggle through this funny race that requires a balloon in between each player’s leg. Players must make their way from point A to point B without touching the balloon or letting it fall. Get the details from Party Games Ideas and waddle away! 

Turkey Trot

Send them outside for a rousing game of Turkey Trot. It’s like tag, but with a Thanksgiving Day twist. And since it’s a more-the-merrier team game, you can bring on the cousins and neighbors for this one!

Turkey Baster Race

Practice fine motor skills and have tons of fun! Grab some pom-poms, a (clean) turkey baster and a few kids needing to focus on something besides when dinner will be ready. To find out more, head over to School Time Snippets. 

The Feather Game

Roll the dice with this crafty turkey “feather” game. We love this make-ahead game that uses colored clothespins paired with a free printable designed by Amy at The Idea Room because it’s all the rage, no matter what their age. Set up the game table them let ‘em roll!

Thanksgiving Bingo

Free printable alert! This easy-peasy game involves picture recognition, candies and a whole lot of giggling. For the printable, instructions and more, head over to Crazy Little Projects.

Pumpkin Tic Tac Toe

Who knew those mini pumpkins you’re using as festive home decor can double as game pieces? We like that this activity is tactile, easy enough for younger kids, and a cinch to set up. Learn more at Toddler Approved.

Pin the Feather on the Turkey

Give a classic party game a Thanksgiving twist with this Pin the Feather on the Turkey activity. It’s an easy way to occupy the kids and provides lots of opportunities to snap photos of your players try to pin their feather pieces. Learn more from Living Well Mom.

Thanksgiving Pictionary

Everyone’s favorite charade game gets a turkey makeover. We like how the popsicle-stick clues double as turkey tail feathers. Get all the DIY details from I Dig Pinterest.

Turkey Bowling

Score a strike on Turkey Day with a game that doesn’t require any special materials, and requires almost no set up—it’s a guarantee for kid entertainment. Learn all about it at The Seasoned Mom.

Paper Football

While your favorite teams go head-to-head, let your kids toss the paper pigskin down the field of your family room. All you need to do is cheer them on as you baste your bird.

So, get your kids busy this Thanksgiving with these activities.

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