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15 Activities for the Kids' Table this Thanksgiving

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There is so much to be thankful for! These quick and easy ideas will keep kids crafty and entertained while the turkey cooks.
Thanksgiving activities
1. Turkey Finger Puppets 

When the big turkey needs an extra hour in the oven, make these five little turkey puppets and have some fun with the accompanying song!

When the big turkey needs an extra hour in the oven, make these five little turkey puppets and have some fun with the accompanying song!

2. Make Believe Thanksgiving Feast

No stove needed! This charming Thanksgiving “dinner” is a kid-sized and perfect for pretend play.

No stove needed! This charming Thanksgiving “dinner” is a kid-sized and perfect for pretend play.

3. Paper Pumpkins

Let them transform two-dimensional paper into three-dimensional pumpkins to decorate the kid’s table.

Let them transform two-dimensional paper into three-dimensional pumpkins to decorate the kid’s table.

 4. Tree of Thankfulness

This homemade “Thanksgiving tree” engages kids to think about the holiday’s meaning, plus it makes a beautiful centerpiece on your dinner table.

This homemade “Thanksgiving tree” engages kids to think about the holiday’s meaning, plus it makes a beautiful centerpiece on your dinner table.

5. Colorful Napkin Rings

All you need is yarn and empty cardboard tubes for your kids to craft their own festive napkin holders.

All you need is yarn and empty cardboard tubes for your kids to craft their own festive napkin holders.

6. Pumpkin Pie Spinner

Prompt your kids to think about what they are grateful for this year with this thankfulness wheel.

Prompt your kids to think about what they are grateful for this year with this thankfulness wheel.

7. Thanksgiving Coloring Pages

These free printable Thanksgiving coloring pages will keep your little ones occupied while they’re waiting on the big meal.

These free printable Thanksgiving coloring pages will keep your little ones occupied while they’re waiting on the big meal.

8. Gumdrop Turkeys

These kid-friendly gumdrop turkeys are easy-to-make and totally sweet!

These kid-friendly gumdrop turkeys are easy-to-make and totally sweet!

9. Leaf Wreaths

This festive wreath can be made with real or paper leaves.

This festive wreath can be made with real or paper leaves.

10. Thanksgiving Placemat

Kids will love to color and create their own special placemat.

Kids will love to color and create their own special placemat.

11. Paper Fan Turkey

This fan-tastic bird only requires a few sheets of construction paper and some basic folding skills.

This fan-tastic bird only requires a few sheets of construction paper and some basic folding skills.

12. Woven Paper Pattern Placemat

Creating these woven-paper placemats is great for building little ones’ fine motor skills (and keeping their hands occupied while you’re in the kitchen).

Creating these woven-paper placemats is great for building little ones’ fine motor skills (and keeping their hands occupied while you’re in the kitchen).

13. Candy Corn Turkey

Arranging (and eating) these candy corn “turkey feathers” will keep your kids busy while they wait for Thanksgiving dinner.

Arranging (and eating) these candy corn “turkey feathers” will keep your kids busy while they wait for Thanksgiving dinner.

14. Thanksgiving Mad Libs Printable

Get kids giggling with these free printable Thanksgiving-themed fill-in-the-blank stories—fun for the whole family!

Get kids giggling with these free printable Thanksgiving-themed fill-in-the-blank stories—fun for the whole family!

15. Pine Cone Turkey

While Thanksgiving dinner is in the oven, send the kids out into the backyard to collect pinecones for this cute turkey craft!

While Thanksgiving dinner is in the oven, send the kids out into the backyard to collect pinecones for this cute turkey craft!

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