Thanksgiving is just around the corner…..and we’re talking ways to involve your kiddos. These Thanksgiving Family Activities are perfect ways to help your children share what they are thankful for!
These Thanksgiving Activities for kids are written in partnership with Hickory Farms.
How in the world are we HERE? I feel like it was the Fourth of July a moment ago. I have to admit, I’m really excited about Thanksgiving this year. Besides looking forward to amazing food, I feel like this is the first year Lydia will be able to really participate in our Thanksgiving Family Activities.
Each year we make it a point to focus on sharing things we are thankful for in our lives. We spend the week leading up to Thanksgiving making lists to share. And this year? These Thanksgiving Family Activities (and the printable I created for toddlers) will be a blast to share with our own little one.Suggestion: Be sure to plan a protected time to share what you are thankful for. The hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving dinner? Probably not the best time to share. And during the football games? Not gonna work either? This year, we are planning to sit down to appetizers at half time. The dinner prep will be done, and the game will be off.
Since we are traveling to visit my family, I offered to be in charge of appetizers this year. Why? Because I can send them ahead of us. Our Hickory Farms Home for the Holidays Gift Box filled with crackers, cheeses, and sausages is already ordered. It’s the perfect appetizer platter, with minimal prep. Perfect for snacking on while we share our Thankful Lists.
Gearing up for your own holiday with little ones? These seven Thanksgiving Activities are perfect ways to ask your children to share what they are thankful for this holiday.
Thanksgiving Family Activities:
- Make a Thankful Bag: Starting the Monday before Thanksgiving, give each of your children a simple paper bag. Ask them to fill it with small items that show what they are thankful for. They can share their favorites over appetizers.
- Who are You Thankful For: Make a Thankful portrait. Use paper plates as faces, and ask your children to turn them into one person they are thankful for.
- Traditional Hand Turkey: Trace your toddlers hand, ask them to share five things they are thankful for and write them on the fingers.
- Thankful Tree: Turn a large piece of tagboard into a tree trunk. Each day ask your child to share one thing they are thankful for, and write it on a colored leaf (cut out of construction paper). Ask them to illustrate. At sharing time, put all the leaves on the tree.
- A Picture Speaks 1000 Words: Give each of your kiddos access to a polaroid camera. Let them take pictures of things and people they are thankful for. Hang them on a clothing line as you discuss their photographs.
- Thankful Puzzles: Ask each child to draw something they are thankful for on a piece of heavy tagboard. Cut them out into puzzle pieces. During sharing time, present each of them with a puzzle to put together and share.
- My Thankful Thoughts: Create a My Thankful Thoughts book. Each day leading up to Thanksgiving print a Thankful Thought page and ask your child to illustrate it. Glue them into a notebook, and decorate the cover before the big day (see link below to print your own pages).
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Have a wonderful Turkey Day with your family!