Educational Thanksgiving Activities for Kids


Educational Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Thanksgiving is a day for us to give thanks for all the things we have in our lives. It is also the ideal time for kids to learn as well. Here are some great educational Thanksgiving activities for kids.


Paper Chain of Thanks

Construction paper in colors like red, orange, brown, yellow and green
Glue stick
Cut the construction paper into strips with the scissors. One each strip, have the kids write something they are thankful for like their parent or their best friend or Oreo cookies. Create a chain from the strips of colored paper and glue links together.

turkey dice number word game sample

Turkey Counting Game

1 dice
Construction paper in brown, red, yellow and orange

This game needs two players to play. Using the brown construction paper and a marker, trace your child’s hands to create 2 turkeys. Cut out the shape with the scissors. Using the red, yellow and orange construction paper, draw several feather shapes with the markers and use scissors to cut them out. Each person gets a turkey shape and one person starts off by rolling the dice. Whatever number it lands on needs to be read out loud by the player and they also need to choose the corresponding feathers to place on their turkey. The next player does the same thing and the game alternates for 4 rounds. At the end of the game, the person with the most feathers wins.


Alphabetical Thanksgiving Food List


Fold a piece of paper in half lengthwise. Using the marker, on the left side of the paper, have them write down 15-20 foods items that are commonly consumed at Thanksgiving like turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, gravy, rolls and cranberry sauce. On the right side of the paper, have them write the words in alphabetical order.'
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21 Responses to “Educational Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

  • Great game to entertain the kids. It also sharpens their counting and reading skills, plus they get to be more aware of the things we must be thankful for.

  • We just had our Thanksgiving here in Canada. Looks like a fun game

  • This is perfect for the kids when we get together on Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing these ideas.

    Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
    5 years ago

    Those are fun ways to keep the kids busy! I will try some.

  • My daughter needs to be more thankful for things she has. I think she’s hit tween age before her time to do so. She is 8 and always wants the next biggest and best thing right after she just got something she wanted. I am going to do a lot of thankful actives this year.

    Catherine S
    5 years ago

    These are all great education activities. I will have to do a couple with my niece and nephew.

    5 years ago

    Awe I love the paper chain of thanks! It’s such a great idea for the whole family to do together!

  • I’m sad that Thanksgiving isn’t has big as what it is in the USA. Would be so much fun to do some of these activities with my son.

  • I am loving this. It is so important to teach kids and even adults why and what we should be thankful for.

  • The counting game is an awesome way for the kids to brush up on their skills! I love the paper chain too!

  • Nice. I love your alphabetical list idea. We are learning how to alphabetize now. Perfect timing.

  • Those paper chains are so much fun to make and I remember doing those as a child and loving doing them. I love the turkey counting game. So cute and looks like fun.

  • These are such cute activities for younger kids! I’ll have to do a few with my niece this Thanksgiving!

  • These are so much fun. If you can make it educational and entertaining for kids, I am totally up for the craft.

  • My kids would have loved this when they were younger. I will share this with my friends with little ones.

  • This is a great way for kids to have fun while learning. I will have to try this with my kids. I think they will love it.

  • What a great sounding game for kids – fantastic way to think about things and play at the same time.

  • I really like the paper chain of thanks. It’s a great way for even the littlest ones to share what they are thankful for.

  • As an educator, I love these educational activities. It’s a great way to keep kids entertained during Thanksgiving break.

  • These are so great for children! I miss doing these kind of educational crafts with my boy but he’s a teen now. We still have a big celebration for Thanksgiving though.

  • these are such fun activities for the kiddos. I remember doing these things with my kids

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