Looking for fun ideas to do on Thanksgiving or for this fall leading up to the holiday? Today I am sharing so many fantastic and mostly free Thanksgiving activities and snacks for the whole family to enjoy. So whether you are looking for cool science ideas, pretty coloring pages, appetizers and snacks for the game, or the best scented play dough ever I’ve got Thanksgiving covered. At least the fun part 😉
Cherish the sweet thoughts your children have by using the I am Thankful ABC’s plus thankful trees make a lovely decoration for your Thanksgiving.
If you haven’t seen this guide yet, click over because it is a must see… 75 Fun Fall Activities for the whole family plus a free printable of all the ideas. This way nobody can come to you saying they are bored. 😉
For a light Thanksgiving breakfast, make this pumpkin bread pudding, created with a fall theme in mind and topped with a homemade cream cheese glaze. Image credit: Yellow Bliss Road
Play Bingo – with a Thanksgiving twist! With turkeys and pilgrims, you can use Rolos as your Bingo markers!
Dry pumpkin spice pudding mix is combined with chocolate chip cookies for a delicious treat.
This no cook play dough smells AMAZING. It’s perfect for fall sensory play or keeping little hands busy while waiting for Thanksgiving dinner to be ready 😉
As an appetizer or side dish, make these Thanksgiving meatballs that you can throw in the oven. A little canned pumpkin is also included in these meatballs! Image credit: The Big Man’s World
Take Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving and create this cute Thanksgiving activity with your children. Perfect!
Made with paint and your child’s fingers, this turkey card is a great way to send a personalized “thank you” note in the digital age.
If you don’t want to heat up your house or crowd an already crammed oven, try this no-bake panna cotta dish. It’s elegant, yet only takes about five minutes to create!
Mix corn kernels in water, vinegar, and baking soda, and observe what they do. Science Rocks!
Easy and healthy, this squash dish is great for a Thanksgiving appetizer! Maple syrup and cinnamon bring a rich fall taste.
For a large family gathering or party, create this Halloween themed Chex Mix, filled with pretzels, small Halloween candies, and topped with a homemade sauce.
Decorating with wine corks, make a pumpkin. This DIY shabby chic decor that fits nicely as a table center piece or on your front porch.
This homemade salt dough will have your whole house smelling amazing and it looks beautiful too. Your kids will love it!
Create a creamy hummus dip with the sweet flavors of sweet potato. Rich in taste, this dish makes a simple homemade Thanksgiving appetizer.
Over Thanksgiving break, create this kid-friendly craft, a brightly colored leaf garland makes a great Thanksgiving activity.
The cutest DIY Turkey you’ll ever make. Easy no sew felt turkey perfect for your children. This is a great practical life skill plus they are working their fine motor skills and concentration. I can’t wait to see how your button turkey turns out.
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What do you think? Did you see Thanksgiving activities and snacks that your family will love? If you have a favorite Thanksgiving tradition I’d love to hear about it.
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