Thanksgiving is a great time for friends and family. Gathering everyone together for a great meal is fun, but keeping children happy and engaged for the entire holiday can be difficult. Children need activities to keep them busy and part of the holiday, so you and your guests can enjoy themselves in return.
Here are five Thanksgiving Day activities for kids to keep them happy and occupied the whole day.
- Table Crafts
Every Thanksgiving table has a great centerpiece. Why not have one for the kids table? Cover the table with craft paper or large sheets of white paper. Use small boxes or baskets and fill them with craft supplies: string and beads to make necklaces (beads can be a choking hazard for kids under 3), stamps and stamp pads, colored pencils, crayons, foam shapes and stickers. Let the kids’ imagination run wild and they will keep themselves occupied for hours.
- Turkey Hunt
Think of it as an Easter-egg hunt, but with a Thanksgiving theme. Purchase a bunch of colorful feathers at a craft store and hide them around the yard or house, then let the kids run wild finding them. You can have awards for the winners or have the winner eat first.
- Place Card Appreciation
Being thankful is the reason for the season. Make it easy for your kids to say what they are thankful for by writing it down. Have your kids make place cards for each guest, then write why they are thankful for each guest. Have your guests read them out loud and enjoy the laughs and happiness.
- Will Run To Food
A great family activity is running. Many towns have races on Thanksgiving morning called ‘Turkey Trots.’ Get the whole family involved: Push little ones in strollers and let bigger kids run/walk/skip/ hop their way to the finish. They will work up an appetite for the great feast later.
- Corn Husk Challenge
Hand each kid a few corn ears in husks. Make sure they all have the same amount. Let them race to see who can finish husking first. It is a semi-messy fun-fest that will leave the kids happy and smiling.
These activities will keep kids entertained all holiday long.
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