Thanksgiving Ideas for Kids

There are many simple and quick crafts and games to do with kids to celebrate Thanksgiving. Included are some examples of turkey crafts and turkey-themed games to get you and your child into the spirit of Thanksgiving.

Tissue Box Turkey
Tissue Box Turkey
Hand Outline Turkey
Hand Outline Turkey

Thanksgiving Crafts

Tissue Box Turkey

Take an empty tissue box and paint it brown. Add a beak from yellow construction paper or cardstock. Make sure the beak is placed over the opening of the box. Add eyes to the top. Glue craft feathers to the back of the box.

The box can be used just for decoration or it can be used in a game. Some game ideas are to have the children feed the bird with letters or Thanksgiving themed pictures. The turkey can also be used as a sensory box. You can place corn or rice in the turkey and have the children feel inside.


On a piece of paper, draw the outline of a boat or cut the shape of a boat out of brown construction paper. Make sure to add a straight line coming up from the center of the boat to be the mast. Cut different triangular and square shapes from either card stock or construction paper for the sails. Next add yarn or string for the roping. Stretch the yarn from the sails to the boat and glue it down.

Hand Turkey

Trace an outline of your child’s hand on a piece of paper. The thumb is the head, the palm of the hand is the body, and the other fingers are the feathers. Have him or her color or paint the turkey. Add eyes, a beak, legs, and a wattle. Google eyes can be added or craft sticks for legs. Craft feathers also make the turkey pop off the page.

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Thanksgiving Fun and Games

Duck Duck Turkey

Play this game the same way as duck, duck, goose.  Instead of picking someone to be the goose, pick someone to be the turkey.  Have everyone sit in a circle.  Pick someone to be “It.”  The person who is “It” walks around the circle tapping each person lightly on the head and saying “duck.”  The person who is “It” must pick someone to be the “Turkey” by lightly tapping his or her head and saying “Turkey” instead of “duck.”  The “Turkey” then has to chase the person who is “It” around the circle.  “It” must try to get to the “Turkey’s former spot in the circle before the “Turkey” can tag him.  If the person who is “It” does not reach the spot first before being tagged, “It” must go sit inside the middle of the circle until someone else is tagged.  The “Turkey” is now the new “It.” 

Zap the Turkeys

If you have more than one child, pick one to be the turkey hunter. The rest of the kids are the turkeys. Give the turkey hunter a plastic ball or something else soft to use as the “zapper.”

The turkey hunter chases the turkeys and tries to “zap” them by throwing the ball or lightly tapping them. Make sure to demonstrate how to zap without really hurting the turkeys.

Pin the Feather on the Turkey

This is a Thanksgiving twist to the old donkey game. Make a large drawing or print out of a turkey. Use a craft feather or draw a feather to pin on. Blindfold the child and have him or her try to get the feather onto the right spot on the turkey.

What's a Wattle?

For a spin-off of the classic Operation board game, take an outline of a turkey and make parts that kids can insert. These can be drawings too or they can be made of felt or whatever craft supplies are available. The kids try to place the turkey parts in the right spots on the turkey. For example, placing the turkey wattle on its neck, the gizzard in the stomach, the feathers on the back, and so on.

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Thanksgiving Activities

Food Box

A good activity to do with your kids during the holiday season is to collect food for the needy. Most food pantries distribute food boxes for Thanksgiving. Doing a food drive or collection with your kids is a good way to teach them generosity and to think of the needs of others.

I tie in the pilgrims' need for food when they first arrived at Plymouth Rock with the need of people in our society today. I discuss how we can be generous to others like the Native Americans were helpful to the pilgrims.

List of Blessings

With your child, start making a list or pictures of the blessings in your lives.  Discuss the many things for which you can be thankful.  To expand the activity, tie a string to the pictures or list each blessing on a small piece of paper.  Place the blessings on a tree or glue them to a poster board.

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Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Great tips thanks for sharing them with us

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Hookah 6 years ago from Kentucky

Oh wow! I can certainly play these with my niece and son for this Thanksgiving as well as my cousin's kids. Very nice activities I hadn't thought, I find your tissue turkey adorable!

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cocopreme 6 years ago from Far, far away Author

Thanks for visiting! Happy Turkey Day!

private 6 years ago

I love this! Its wonderful and my kids enjoyed doing all this except the Turkey Joe one. I do not undcerstand it and it is completely pointless.

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cocopreme 6 years ago from Far, far away Author

To private - maybe your kids are too old for that game. The kids in my class are mostly three year olds. They are at a silly stage and think anything unusual is funny. Your kids might be too mature.

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Hope Wilbanks 6 years ago from Louisiana

Thanks for answering my question! Great hub, with some awesome ideas! Much appreciated! :)

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carriethomson 4 years ago from United Kingdom

WOW wonderful hub!! congratulations for being the hub of the day!!


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jacqui2011 4 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

Great hub. Congratulations on being selected for hub of the day. I love your idea of pin the tail on the turkey. Voted up and awesome.

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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

Congratulations on Hub of the Day....

These crafts are sooooo cute and kids love, love to do them. Making them is such fun. I will share some of these with my grandboy when is a bit older; I am not very crafty so always admire other's art! My children in class did lots of crafts and their products were much better than their teachers. Am sending this hub to my teacher friends.

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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Congrats on a deserving Hub of the Day! Super ideas right to the end with What's a Wattle, and I loved the pasta letter project from the video.

Voted up.

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pedrn44 4 years ago from New Berlin Wisconsin

Congrats on a well deserving hub of the day! Great ideas and put together very well.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I'm thankful for this fantastic Hub Of The Day! Congrats!

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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Awesome hub! It's so important to keep kids entertained and happy during the holidays. I love how many different suggestions you've included here. Congrats on getting Hub of the Day!

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cocopreme 4 years ago from Far, far away Author

Wow! What a pleasant surprise for the day. I'm thrilled to have this hub picked for the honor. Thanks for all the comments. They are much appreciated.

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cocopreme 4 years ago from Far, far away Author

carriethomson - Thank you so much.

jacqui2011 - Thanks. Pin the tail on the turkey can be very fun.

pstraubie48 - Crafts are wonderful to do with kids. It lets them explore their creativity.

RTalloni - Thanks. Learning body parts is a good way to introduce science to kids. Turning it into a game makes learning fun.

pedrn44 - Thank you.

Sunshine625 - Thanks

randomcreative - Thank you. Kids do need ways to keep busy, especially during the holidays. Crafts and activities are a way to channel their excitement.

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miss_jkim 4 years ago

Cute and fun ideas. Great hub!

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Keeley Shea 4 years ago from Norwich, CT

Great hub of the day! Very timely too! Looking forward to doing some of these great activities with my children. Thank you!

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orchard-lady 4 years ago from PA

That is the most awesome turkey EVER. Thanks for sharing!

arusho 4 years ago

great hub and I love all the ideas. We are doing the turkey trot on Thanksgiving before diving into the delicious food.

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shesacraftymom 4 years ago

Love these crafts! Can't wait to try them!

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uniquearticlesbuz 4 years ago from USA

Thanks for awesome hub...........

Jisha Jagadeesh 4 years ago

Nice hub....thought provoking....thanks....keep writing

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Maren Morgan M-T 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Love the Duck, Duck, Turkey game. When I taught elementary school, I adapted it for whatever we were studying. Kids love it.

Katy 11 months ago

Thank you so much for sharing all of that amazing stuff with me.i am going to try all of it because it's cool and I have everything to make everything you showed to all of the people that looked at this page.

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