Thanksgiving Activities to do with Kids

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner and while you are gathering all the fixings, the little ones are running underfoot.  We have created a list of both cooking activities and craft projects that will keep the little ones busy while you are busy:

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Thanksgiving Activities to do With Kids

Here are 10 fun Thanksgiving activities to do with kids.

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Amish Friendship Bread

This is one of my favorites and a tradition that I had in my family for Thanksgiving.  Amish Friendship Bread is a simple cooking activity to make and really a great way to spread a little joy with each family member.  This is one that you should make at least a week before Thanksgiving so that when family and friends gather, it is ready to be shared with everyone!

Candy Corn Ring Toss

Calling all DIYers! This Candy Corn Ring Toss game is fun for the entire family.  Get a few orange traffic cones, a couple of cans of yellow and white spray paint and create your candy corn cones.  You can use glow necklaces for the rings to toss on the cones and since the cones will look like candy corns, you can use them for Halloween too!

Chocolate Covered Pretzels in a Turkey Jar

This fun, no bake activity is relatively easy and will have the little (and big) ones wanting to hurry up and eat dinner so they can get to dessert!  The Chocolate Covered Pretzels in a Turkey Jar is tasty activity that will require adult supervision as there small parts and the use of a hot glue gun.  In no time, you will have the cutest edible centerpiece.

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Homemade Butter

If it’s Thanksgiving, then there has to be dinner rolls and nothing goes better with dinner rolls than some Homemade Butter.  This cooking activity does not require using heat or any appliances but there should still be adult supervision.  There is quite a bit of shaking of the jar to make the butter and little arms will tire easily.

Gourd Turkey Centerpiece

This is a great idea to keep the kiddos busy and then end result can also be used for the dining table centerpiece.  The Gourd Turkey Centerpiece is pretty simple to make with some small parts and the use of a hot glue gun (little ones can use regular Elmer’s glue) so we recommend adult supervision.

Leaf Sprites

This craft is as cute as its name.  Leaf Sprites live in the forest and are very elusive but your little ones can make their own version and hide them all over the house.  This is a great craft for kiddos three and older since there are scissors involved in the project but kiddos of all ages will having fun playing with them!

Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treats

Yes, I said it!  They are fun, easy, and will not last.  These Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treats are your regular treats but shaped into a pumpkin with a mini pretzel rod as the stem and green Airheads (or green fondant) for the leaves.  There is no actual pumpkin in the mix – just a few drops of orange food coloring and you are all set.

Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix

Let’s give them “pumpkin” to talk about!  With some Chex mix, a little pumpkin spice, some candy corn, and about ten minutes in the oven and you have got a treat that the whole family will enjoy!  There are two ways to create the Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix – you can toast it in the oven (adult supervision recommended) or you can warm it in the microwave.  Either way you create it, family, friends, or anyone near it will not be able to keep their hands out of the bowl.

Turkey Crown

With just a little adult help, this will keep little ones busy coloring and making a fancy crown they will enjoy wearing Thanksgiving day.  The Turkey Crown needs a Cricut (super time saver, but not necessary), stapler, markers, and white cardstock.  If the kiddos want to make their crown extra fancy, they can add glitter!

Turkey Tracks   

This is a fun one!  Pipe cleaners, fall colored paints like brown, yellow, and orange, and some white construction paper is all you need to create Turkey Tracks.  This activity will require very minimal adult supervision for children ages five and older.


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