This Thanksgiving, we encourage you to turn off the TV and video games and get your kids participate in these fun and festive activities. Your kids will make memories by enjoying long-time traditions or creating new ones while you add the finishing touches to the holiday meal. Here are some ideas:
We’ve prepared printable Thanksgiving poems to give out to kids to memorize for an after-dinner surprise for grandparents and friends.
Sharing fun Thanksgiving poems for kids at home is a fun way to get young children excited about the history and traditions of the Thanksgiving holiday. Download free printable poems by clicking the banner below👇
Get your kids show their creative side with a homemade theatre play. They can get as creative as they want with costumes, set design and the script. Here are some tips and ideas for Thanksgiving plays for kids:
Script: A Thanksgiving play is a great way to learn the history of the holiday. You can encourage the kids to create the script themselves, or easily find one online (depending on children’s age). Make sure that each kid has at least one line to say!
Costumes: Kids love to dress up and create costumes out of old clothes and accessories. Household items can come in handy as well: for example, kids can craft pilgrim hats out of construction paper!
Set design: To create set props for a Thanksgiving play, you’ll need cardboard boxes or some craft paper. These materials work great for creating any props you might need such as the ship that the pilgrims arrive on, or the food that is shared at the first meal.
Everybody loves a classic game of charades. Give it a Thanksgiving spin and you have an awesome, holiday-themed game for kids to use their imagination and creativity.
Here’s how to play: prepare (or let the kids prepare) pieces of paper with Thanksgiving-themed objects and characters drawn on them. They should include a pilgrim, turkey, pumpkin pie, etc. Put the pieces of paper in a jar. When a player takes the piece, they should pantomime the word to the other players. Whoever guesses the right answer, gets a point!
After dinner talent show
A great way to keep kids occupied while the Thanksgiving feast is being prepared is to have them organize an after-dinner talent show for the grown-ups to watch. Each child can prepare a Thanksgiving-themed poem, song, dance, or even show off a football move.
Thanksgiving is more than the festivities. It gives us time ponder upon what lessons we have learned this year, look back at all the wonderful memories, and get excited for the times ahead. KidsCasting wishes you and your family a happy and joyful Thanksgiving day!