14 Thanksgiving Games and Activities for Kids

In years past, I've blogged about some great Thanksgiving crafts for kids, but this year I'm focusing on games and activities kids can do on without adult help. You might use these at the kids' table on Thanksgiving day, as a way to occupy kids while you cook Thanksgiving dinner, or as fun things to do leading up to Thanksgiving.

* Starting with the most obvious, there are tons of free Thanksgiving coloring pages available online. There are also color by number pages, word searches, and mazes.

* Or what about some Pilgrim paper dolls? Let the kids cut them out. Check out these and these - both free.

* School-aged kids can make this Native American toilet paper tube centerpiece (or turn it into a play set). Or print out these paper pilgrims and Indians instead.

* Thanksgiving Mad-Libs. These are so fun for kids who can read! (Here's another version.)

* Print out and assemble the "Sail on the Mayflower" game. Kids will have fun playing it - plus they'll learn a little history. Or have the kids play this Candyland-like homemade Thanksgiving board game.

* K is for Kernels

* Give the kids a Thanksgiving themed cootie catcher.

* Set the kids up with turkey bowling.

* Give the kids activity placemats. Try this Mickey Mouse Thanksgiving placemat, or these Micky and Friends mats, this Thanksgiving activity mat, this "I'm thankful for" mat, or this one.

* Hide a bunch of paper turkeys around the house and have the kids scavenge for them.

* Print out these simple Thanksgiving puzzle pieces for young kids to match up.

* Buy this Thanksgiving roll the dice game (for $1) and let the kids have at it.

* Print out the "Don't Eat the Tom!" game. This is simple enough for preschoolers on up.

* Do your kids like the "Would You Rather?" game? Here are some fun Thanksgiving related questions to add to the game.

* Print this Roll and Draw a turkey game; even toddlers can do this one!

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