Looking for intentional thanksgiving activities for kids? These activities are perfect for your elementary-aged kids to enjoy!
Having Thanksgiving activities for kids to enjoy is a great way to kick off the holiday season. The month of November is the perfect time to focus on gratitude. The month before we go into giving mode, we can focus on cultivating hearts of gratitude.
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Thanksgiving Activities for Kids
Make a thankful tree.
This has been a favorite activity for our family year after year. It is a great visual way to focus on thankfulness and is also very interactive. You can use construction paper to make your thankful tree. During this time of the year, I like to leave out a little basket of cutout leaves with a jar of crayons nearby for my kids to fill out as desired. If you want to get pre-made leaves, grab the printable leaves here!
Use Turkey on the Table
This is the cutest idea and I have seen it used in homes and in classrooms. The turkey on the table provides an opportunity for kids to write out what they are thankful for on the turkey feathers! It is always fun to see the turkey grow with thankful feathers!
M&M Gratitude Game
This is a new game for our family this year and it is a game using M&M candy! Each color of the candy represents a different person, place, or thing that the kids will say they are thankful for. It is such a fun game to play! You can find the instructions and printable for this game A Year of Family Moments. Along with the gratitude game, there are other activities for your family to focus on thankfulness.
Read Books Together
There are so many great books to read that focus on Thanksgiving! We love gathering all of our Thanksgiving books together and having them out in a basket or on a shelf where we can easily access them over the month. One of our current favorites is Berenstain Bears Give Thanks
These little notes are perfect to have to encourage your family to tell others why they are grateful for them! Get the gratitude notes and then take some time to have your kids fill them out. If you have younger kids, have them draw on the card and you write the note.