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31+ Fun & Frugal Thanksgiving Activities & Freebies for Kids


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?