Thanksgiving kind of snuck up on our family this year. I’m not sure if it was just because life was busy, or we were preoccupied with school and the daily grind.
Whatever the reason, Thanksgiving is here. And we haven’t decorated. We haven’t finished going grocery shopping. We know we’ll be spending Thanksgiving with family, but the details? Nope. Those are still TBD.
Maybe you’re a little more on top of planning ahead for the holidays than I am. But, then again, maybe you’re not. Whatever your holiday preparedness, I’m going to share some easy last minute Thanksgiving crafts and activities for the whole family!
And, if you scroll all the way to the bottom, you’ll even find a round-up of 12 or so recipes to help you use up your Thanksgiving leftovers.
There are several printables, some games, many crafts! Most are oriented towards kids, but there are some that I think would be fun for adults too.
Okay, so without further ado, here are the activities.
Thanksgiving Conversation Starter Coasters (printable!)
I love the idea of these conversation starter coasters from Adventure in a Box! You can print out the coasters from the free printable, and enjoy a number of fun conversations that might not have been otherwise had!
Thanksgiving Bingo (printable!)
If your family is into games, maybe you’d like to try this Thanksgiving Bingo Game from One Creative Mommy. It looks really cute, and even if you don’t have Thanksgiving themed m&ms in the house, I bet kids would love playing with whatever snack or treat items you have on hand.
Egg Carton Turkey Craft for Thanksgiving
I love Red Ted Art crafts, and this Egg Carton Turkey craft is no exception! Plus, it holds candy corn… too cute! These would make adorable name cards for a Thanksgiving dinner, don’t you think?
Thanksgiving Gratefulness Game
Planet Smarty created this Gratefulness Game to Promote Wiriting and Math for her kids. I love the idea of this game. And, if you want to make a pretty thankfulness collage like is shown in the image below, check out the blog post for info on how to do that too!
Paper Roll Tukery Craft
How about this cute paper roll turkey craft from Non Toy Gifts? Everyone is bound to have a spare paper roll (or two) lying around the house. And, in a pinch, you could make a cylinder out of a piece of paper, right?
Thanksgiving Thankfulness Tree
Last year, we created this Thanksgiving Thankfulness Tree, and the boys loved it. Even though we haven’t talked about it since then, my older son mentioned it out of the blue as we were talking about preparing for Thanksgiving. I guess it really made an impression!
Pinecone Turkey Craft for Kids
Here’s another cute idea from One Creative Mommy! Have the kids make pinecone turkeys! I can totally see an extension activity for this craft — I think we’ll be making them using autumn leaves as the feathers since my boys love nature scavenger hunts so much.
Quilled Thanksgiving Cards
If your kids want to get in the spirit by making Thanksgiving cards, here’s a gorgeous craft idea from Red Ted Art. You can make Quilled Thanksgiving Cards! I think these would be fun for adults to make too…. but hey, maybe that’s just me.
Thanksgiving Cranberry Slime
Since no holiday is complete without a little mess, or a little science experiment,… why not give this Thanksgiving Science: Taste-Safe Cranberry Slime a try? My boys would love doing this. Although, you’d have to have cranberries (or get them on your next run out to the grocery store!).
Leaf Mandala + Thanksgiving Turkey Coloring Pages (printable! for grownups!)
Yes, I admit, this collection of Thanksgiving activities has been mostly centered on ideas for kids. But, when the kids, are happy, the adults can be too, right? Anyways, here are several Thanksgiving Coloring Page Printables from Red Ted Art. Get the kids set up with an activity, then start coloring one of these yourself!
Another cute idea to keep kids busy? Make Thanksgiving hats! There are ten different ideas in this post by Non Toy Gifts, and I have to admit, some are pretty creative! My boys liked the boat hat best.
Thanksgiving Matching Game (printable!)
Here’s another cute printable that you can use to pass the time on Thanksgiving day! Beauty Through Imperfection created a Thanksgiving-themed matching game printable. If your kids are anything like mine… this should be a hit (no promises, they could be engrossed for hours, or it could last only minutes).
Turkey Place Cards
Since no Thanksgiving table is complete without decoration, these turkey place cards might be a cute project! Although Mommy’s Bundle designed them for the kids’ table, I can see them in use at a low key family table too!
Thanksgiving Turkey Snack + Kids’ Craft
If you’re looking for a somewhat healthy Thanksgiving snack, this edible craft turkey for kids from One Creative Mommy should be a hit…. it was for a class of kindergardeners, at least!
Turkey Baster Pom Pom Game for Kids
This Turkey Baster Pom Pom Race, by School Time Snippets, is very simple, but I bet it will be popular with the younger kiddos! Simple, no prep, and easy to clean up. My idea of a perfect game.
Turkey Bookmark Corner for Thanksgiving
This Thanksgiving Turkey Bookmark Corner, from Red Ted Art, is really adorable. And is the perfect thing for Thanksgiving, don’t you think?
The Gratitude Game (Pick up Sticks)
I love this Thanksgiving-adapted take on pick up sticks, by Teach Beside Me! The Gratitude Game inspires thankfulness by having you name something you’re thankful for each time you pick up a stick. Great idea!
Cultivating Gratitude: Ideas for a Month of Thanksgiving
Even thought I’m posting this days before Thanksgiving, the concept of gratitude is still valuable. Especially considering, for many of us, the next holiday approaching will be Christmas. And in a world of “I want” and “I need” — it’s nice to be intentional about giving thanks.
Recipe Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers
This last one isn’t really a Thanksgiving Day activity, but since the holiday typically includes an abundance of leftovers, you may appreciate these ideas on how to use up all those Thanksgiving meal items!
Okay. Now I’m finished, I promise. Go enjoy your Thanksgiving celebrations, have fun during your festivities, and make sure to remember the most important thing to be thankful for is the gift of friends of family.