Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities

Get ready for turkey and stuffing! It’s that time of year again, and we are getting our kitchens ready for Thanksgiving dinner. While you might have your hands full with preparing a meal for the whole family you might want to think about activities to keep the kids busy and their fingers out of the mashed potatoes!

Check out these great Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for both the kids and the whole family:

Pumpkin Carving: Halloween might be over, but that doesn’t mean we have to let all those pumpkins go to waste! While kids have so much fun carving pumpkins before trick-or-treating, why not do it again for Thanksgiving? This is such a great craft to keep the kids busy while you’re preparing dinner! Set up a station either in the house, in the garage, or outside. Make sure to lay down plenty of newspaper and have enough utensils for everyone. Once the carving is finished you can invite the whole family outside and light up their creations!

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt: This is a great activity for the kids to do outside on Thanksgiving! Tiny pumpkins will work perfectly for this, or you can have the kids do some arts and crafts and make their own items for the scavenger hunt. The parents can set them up all around the yard and then the kids can find them!

Indian Corn Crafts: Indian Corn is definitely a fall accessory. The cob is covered with beautiful colors that instantly remind us of autumn. This Thanksgiving get the kids together and try crafts with the corn! Lay out some paint and paper and have the kids’ role the corn into the paint and make creative stamp and roll art! If this idea is too messy try using just the paint and the eraser end of a pencil to make the effect of the corn on the paper.

 Turkey Trot: Turkey Trots are becoming more popular. Look them up in your area and take the family along!

 Capture the Flag: This can be a game that includes everyone! Pick teams and set up your flags. The winners get an extra slice of pumpkin pie at dinner!

 Pumpkin Prints: This is another awesome craft you can use your pumpkins for. Cut up pieces of pumpkins and use the chunks to make stamps. You will need to help the younger ones because using a knife can be dangerous, but once they have their stamps they can make a colorful creation!

 Football: Who said football is just for boys? This Thanksgiving, rally up the family for some good old fashion touch football before dinner!

 Board Games: Board games are a great way to bring the whole family together to do something fun. Set up the living room with a bunch of board games for the kids to play. When you’re finished with the meal you can join them!

 Leaf Crafts: While there are a few leaves still in the trees find a few of your favorites to make crafts with. The kids can do leaf rubbings, make reefs, or even a center piece for Thanksgiving Dinner.

 Thank You Cards: It’s always important to remember what Thanksgiving is all about. It’s about giving thanks and remembering to cherish one another. This is something the whole family can do together. Write thank you cards to each other explaining what you are thankful for.