When families get together at Thanksgiving, you may need to come up with ideas for keeping the kids busy. One inexpensive option is to make Thanksgiving activity sheets the kids can work on while they are waiting for the meal or while parents are trying to talk. If you don’t want to make your own activity sheet, you can find ready-to-use sheets in many children’s activity books.
In October and November, you can often find activity books with a Thanksgiving theme. Some activity books you can look for include “Thanksgiving Fun Activity Book” by Judith Bauer Stamper, “Thanksgiving Activities” by Renee Henegar, “Thanksgiving Reading and Activity Book” by Janet Dellosa and Patti Carson or “Thanksgiving Language Activities” by Evan-Moor Educational Publishers Staff. You can find pilgrims, fun Thanksgiving foods, crosswords, word searches, color pages and math sheets your child will enjoy.
Original Activity Sheets
You can make your own Thanksgiving activity sheets. Draw or trace a cornucopia and have your child glue fall produce, such as corn, melons, onions and tomatoes on the page. You can draw heads and hands on a sheet of paper and have your child draw or glue on pilgrim or Native American costumes for those sitting down to eat the first Thanksgiving feast. On a more modern note, your child can glue pictures of favorite holiday foods, such as turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and desserts on a Thanksgiving table decorated with fall leaves and produce.
Word Activities Pages
You can use graph paper to create crossword and word search puzzles for your kids. Start with a list of Thanksgiving words such as prayer, thanks, pilgrims, turkey, corn, pumpkin, cornucopia, feast, Native Americans, share, stuffing and Mayflower. You can also write out sentences about the first Thanksgiving and write them in alphabetic or numeric code for your child to decode. Other easy activities you can create are groups of Thanksgiving foods, people or other familiar items your child can count, Thanksgiving word scrambles or dot-to-dot pictures you can create from coloring pages.
Free Internet Printables
The Internet contains many sites where you can print off activity sheets for free. Check out thanksgiving-coloring.com for coloring pages. EdHelper.com has numerous links to free activity pages you can print out, including word searches, mazes, coloring pages, sudokus, dot-to-dots and crosswords. Education.com also has free activity pages you can access, featuring activities for young children and elementary kids you can easily print off in sufficient quantities for all the kids who show up for Thanksgiving at your house.