Looking for intentional thanksgiving activities for kids? These activities are perfect for your elementary-aged kids to enjoy!
Finding Thanksgiving activities for kids to enjoy has been a focus for me over the past couple of years. As we head into the holiday season, I love that we have an entire month to focus on gratitude. This is especially great because it is an opportunity to talk about being thankful right before the month where kids receive gift after gift.
Within the month of November is a great opportunity for simple Thanksgiving activities for kids. The activities are practical ways to instill the practice of thankfulness into kids.
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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 also very interactive. You can use construction paper to make your thankful tree or you can follow a leaf template to cut out the leaves. During this time of the year, I like to leave out a little basket of the cutout leaves with a jar of crayons nearby for my kids to fill out as desired.
Use Turkey on the Table
We love our turkey! 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
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