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31+ Fun & Frugal Thanksgiving Activities & Freebies for Kids

Posted By Crystal Paine On November 12, 2012 @ 3:00 am In Children,Family life,Holidays,Home Educating,Mothering | Comments Disabled


By Crystal Paine [2], Contributing Writer

Looking for some inexpensive and simple Thanksgiving-related activities for your tots, preschoolers, or grade schoolers? I’ve culled the internet and put together a list of over 31 of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed activity ideas, plus a number of free downloads and printables. Enjoy!

Fun & Frugal Activities

Make Turkey Footprints [3] or Turkey Spice Handprints [4].

Play Turkey Color Bingo [5].


Image from Frog Prince Paperie [7]

Stitch some Thanksgiving Turkey Finger Puppets [6].

Create your own Pilgrim Hat [8].

Sew turkeys [9] from old socks and felt.

Use toilet paper and paper towel rolls to construct Pilgrim and Native American centerpieces [10]. Or, you could also make these Pilgrim Finger Puppets [11].


Image from Counting Coconuts [12]

Sew a Button Turkey [12].

Play the Roll a Turkey Game [13].

Cultivating Grateful Hearts

Create What I’m Thankful For Oven Mitt Books [14] with your preschooler.

Cut out your handprints to make this I Am Thankful For… Turkey craft [15].

Image from Paper Coterie [16]

Create a Gratitude Jar [16] — Paper Coterie has free printables [16] to make this really easy to do! You can also read about helping your kids create their own Gratitude Journal [17] over at Let’s Lasso the Moon. (And, later this week, Courtney [18] will give us her family’s version of a gratitude journal here at Keeper of the Home!)

Create a Thankful Tree [19] — Ann Voskamp has downloads and instructions for creating your own Thanks Giving Tree [19].

Make a Thanksgiving Gratitude Chain [20] with these free printables from Silver Box Creative.

Create this cute Thankful Turkey [21] from yarn and construction paper.

Image from KC Edventures [22]

Books to Read

KC Edventures has a list of 10 Thanksgiving Books to Read [22]. You can find another great list of Thanksgiving-themed picture books here [23]. We requested these from our library!

Free Printables

Free Pilgrim Paper dolls [24] — You can also find free printable Pilgrim Paper Dolls here [25].

Free Homeschooling Unit Study on Pilgrims [26] — This unit study has free printables to aid you in studying about the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving. It’s geared for preschool through 5th grade. You can also find a free One-Week Study on Pilgrims here [27].


Image from Homeschool Creations [28]

Free 138-Page Thanksgiving Printable Pack [29] — Creative Learning Fun is offering a huge 138-page Thanksgiving Printable Pack with activities for preschoolers and kindergarteners. You can also download a free Thanksgiving Printable Pack from Homeschool Creations [28] and a free 121-Page Thanksgiving Printable Pack from 3 Dinosaurs. [30]

Free Thanksgiving Math Printable Pack [31] — RoyalBaloo has a free downloadable Thanksgiving Math Pack with printable math activities for Kindergartners and First Graders.

Free Thanksgiving Tot Pack [32] — Our Little Monkeys has a free downloadable Thanksgiving Tot Pack available. You can also download a free Thanksgiving Preschool Pack [33] and a free Thanksgiving Tot Kit [34].

Free Turkey Printable Pack [35] — 2 Teaching Mommies has a Turkey Printable Pack available to download for free.

More Ideas: Find 40 Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for Kids Ideas here [36], 36 Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities here [6], and Montessori-Inspired Activities here [37]. And don’t forget to check out the 30 Pumpkin Recipes, Crafts, and Ideas here. [38]

What are your favorite Thanksgiving activities?

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[1] Image: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/?p=19983

[2] Crystal Paine: http://www.moneysavingmom.com

[3] Turkey Footprints: http://royalbaloo.com/turkey-footprints/

[4] Turkey Spice Handprints: http://www.twobigtwolittle.com/2012/09/thanksgiving-spice-handprint-turkey.html

[5] Turkey Color Bingo: http://learningandteachingwithpreschoolers.blogspot.com/2009/11/turkey-color-bingo.html

[6] Image: http://www.tipjunkie.com/paper-crafts/36-thanksgiving-activities-and-kids-crafts-kids-activities/

[7] Frog Prince Paperie: http://frogprincepaperie.com/2010/11/tutorial-thanksgiving-turkey-finger-puppets.html

[8] Pilgrim Hat: http://artplatter.com/2011/11/how-to-make-a-pilgrim-hat-thanksgiving-craft/

[9] Sew turkeys: http://www.parents.com/holiday/thanksgiving/crafts/simple-thanksgiving-day-crafts/?page=11#page=13

[10] construct Pilgrim and Native American centerpieces: http://www.bhg.com/thanksgiving/crafts/kids-thanksgiving-centerpiece/

[11] Pilgrim Finger Puppets: http://crafts.slides.kaboose.com/322-thanksgiving-crafts/9

[12] Image: http://countingcoconuts.blogspot.com/2009/11/button-turkey.html

[13] Roll a Turkey Game: http://www.lemonsqueezyhome.com/2010/11/homemade-butter-and-roll-turkey.html

[14] What I’m Thankful For Oven Mitt Books: http://www.spottedcanary.com/What_I%E2%80%99m_Thankful_For_Preschooler_Oven_Mitt_Book.htm

[15] I Am Thankful For… Turkey craft: http://funhandprintart.blogspot.com/2009/11/thankful-turkey-hands-craft.html

[16] Image: http://www.papercoterie.com/blog/a-jar-full-of-gratitude/

[17] helping your kids create their own Gratitude Journal: http://letslassothemoon.com/2012/11/01/kids-gratitude-journal/

[18] Courtney: http://www.simplynurtured.com

[19] Create a Thankful Tree: http://www.aholyexperience.com/2012/11/a-christian-family-thanksgiving-activity-the-thanks-giving-tree-free-printable/

[20] Thanksgiving Gratitude Chain: http://silverboxcreative.com/blog/2010/11/i-am-thankful-for-printables/

[21] Thankful Turkey: http://www.parents.com/holiday/thanksgiving/crafts/simple-thanksgiving-day-crafts/?page=11#page=1

[22] Image: http://www.kcedventures.com/blog/kids-thanksgiving-books

[23] great list of Thanksgiving-themed picture books here: http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/2012/04/early-settlers-2-pilgrims.html

[24] Free Pilgrim Paper dolls: http://polyarts.wordpress.com/2008/12/12/holiday-paper-doll-page1/

[25] free printable Pilgrim Paper Dolls here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-lm0ZsrXVngY2JhMDM1NDEtNjJiMi00NDI5LThlMmMtNmVhMTMxMjUzY2Ew/edit?pli=1&hl=en

[26] Free Homeschooling Unit Study on Pilgrims: http://www.inallyoudo.net/2012/10/31/pilgrim-unit-free-printables/

[27] free One-Week Study on Pilgrims here: http://strangersandpilgrimsonearth.blogspot.com/p/presenting-pilgrims-one-week-study.html

[28] Image: http://www.homeschoolcreations.net/2011/11/thanksgiving-printable-pack-free/

[29] Free 138-Page Thanksgiving Printable Pack: http://creativelearningfun.blogspot.com/2012/11/free-thanksgiving-pack.html

[30] free 121-Page Thanksgiving Printable Pack from 3 Dinosaurs.: http://3dinosaurs.com/wordpress/index.php/free-thanksgiving-pack/

[31] Free Thanksgiving Math Printable Pack: http://royalbaloo.com/thanksgiving-kindergarten-1st-math-pack/

[32] Free Thanksgiving Tot Pack: http://mamasmonkeys.blogspot.com/2011/10/thanksgiving-tot-pack.html

[33] free Thanksgiving Preschool Pack: http://www.1plus1plus1equals1.com/PreschoolPacksThanksgiving.html

[34] free Thanksgiving Tot Kit: http://www.lawteedah.com/2010/11/thanksgiving-tot-kits.html

[35] Free Turkey Printable Pack: http://www.2teachingmommies.com/2011/11/turkeys-expanded.html

[36] 40 Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for Kids Ideas here: http://www.oneperfectdayblog.net/2012/11/08/thanksgiving-crafts-and-activities-for-kids/

[37] Montessori-Inspired Activities here: http://livingmontessorinow.com/2011/11/14/montessori-monday-montessori-inspired-thanksgiving-activities/

[38] 30 Pumpkin Recipes, Crafts, and Ideas here.: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2012/10/jump-into-fall-with-over-30-pumpkin-ideas.html

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