How to Entertain Your Kids on Thanksgiving
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Thanksgiving is a great holiday, especially if you're spending it with family. However, little kids might not find it very fun when they're traveling or waiting for dinner to be ready. With this collection, you can learn How to Entertain Your Kids on Thanksgiving and have a lot of fun doing it! We have several Thanksgiving game ideas, recycled craft ideas, free Thanksgiving printables, and the classic Thanksgiving handprint art. This is your effortless guide to making the entire family happy this holiday season!
Make sure that Thanksgiving is a fun and easy holiday for everyone involved. Your kids might be too small to help in the kitchen, so to keep them happy and busy all day, enjoy some of these easy crafts with your little ones. These Thanksgiving craft ideas will ensure that the holiday goes smoothly and that everyone has a good time.
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Thanksgiving Day Games
Cornucopia Run Around - This game is similar to musical chairs. Every player gets a name that is a Thanksgiving food (apple, turkey, pumpkin pie, cranberry, etc). Everyone but one person sits in a circle. The person standing is the leader. Then the game begins!
The leader calls out two names, "Pumpkin Pie and Apple." The two chosen players must quickly switch places. The leader calls more names at a quick pace, and then calls "The cornucopia has fallen over!" Then, everyone including the leader runs around for a new place in the circle. The person without a seat is the leader.
Thanksgiving Feast Game - This is a good game if you're traveling for Thanksgiving or doing anything that requires a long wait time. It's a memory game so it will take your mind off whatever you're waiting for.
The first player starts the game by saying "I'm going to Thanksgiving dinner and I'm having turkey," or whatever food they choose. Then, the next person says "I'm going to Thanksgiving dinner and I'm having turkey..." and add another dish. The game continues around the circle with each person saying the dishes in the exact order they have been said before and then adding a dish of their own. The last person has to recite everything said before them and add their own dish.
Thanksgiving Twenty Questions - Someone chooses a person, place, or thing related to Thanksgiving and the other players try to guess what it is by asking no more than twenty questions.
Thanksgiving Parade Bingo - The parade might not be exciting to little ones because they aren't there to experience the excitement for themselves. You can create a bingo card with aspects of the parade on them, like a giant turkey, your child's favorite cartoon characters, and famous people. If they get bingo, they get a treat!
Pumpkin Hunt - You can have a pumpkin hunt just like on Easter when you have an egg hunt. You can hide mini pumpkins all over the house and yard and send them on a chase to find the most pumpkins! Then you could decorate the pumpkins with paint or markers.
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Recycled Craft Ideas for Thanksgiving
Entertaining your kids on Thanksgiving doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. With these recycled crafts for kids, your children will have a lot of fun expressing their creativity while you can help cook that turkey.
They'll be so happy crafting, you'll feel like a genius parent. These crafts are fantastic opportunities to teach kids about how to reuse and recycle materials, too!
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Thanksgiving Free Printables
Ready, set, print! If you're short on time or want something that's literally effortless, draw your eyes towards this collection. All you need is a printer and some paper to have fun with these Thanksgiving printables.
It doesn't get any easier than just printing out something and letting your child color or send a card to distant family. Free printables like these will make organizing activities for kids this year smooth sailing.
Handprint Thanksgiving Crafts and Footprint Turkey Crafts
There's nothing more classic for Thanksgiving than handprint art. After all, little hands are the perfect shape for turkeys! Your kids will have so much fun playing with paint and making their handprint and footprint turkeys. Thanksgiving handprint art is so cute while your kids are little; then, when they're older, you can look back and see how much they've grown.
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