Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity for gathering as a family, enjoying a football game, catching up on relatives’ doings and, of course, sharing a great meal. But don’t forget that the little ones need their own age-appropriate activities to feel part of this festive fun. So we’ve put together a list of activities perfect for before or after the main event (we mean dinner, of course!) to ensure that everyone has a great holiday.
1. Paper Bag Turkeys What you’ll need: Paper grocery bags, newspapers, construction paper in a variety of colors, child-safe scissors, child-safe glue. Have each child stuff a bag with newspapers to form the main body of the turkey. To make head and neck, and features, let children cut out the shapes from construction paper and glue on.
2. Find the Bird What you’ll need: A paper turkey or a stuffed animal, blindfold. Blindfold one child, then hide the paper turkey or stuffed animal somewhere in the room. With the blindfold removed, the child must search for the prized bird. The other children watching shiver from the “cold” when the hunter is far away from the turkey, and fan themselves as the hunter gets “warmer.” Allow each child to get a turn as the hunter.
3. Turkey Treasure Hunt What you’ll need: Index cards, crayons. Have each child draw three pictures of turkeys on large index cards. Hide the cards throughout the house. Give the kids 15 minutes to find as many turkeys as they can. The one who finds the most wins.
4. Pin the Tail Feather on the Turkey What you’ll need: Sheet of poster paper, markers, adhesive tape, fake feather, blindfold. Tape a homemade picture of a turkey to the wall at a height that can be reached by the children. Blindfold each child for his turn, turn him around three times, and let him try to place the tail feather in the right spot. Once he places the feather on the poster, tape it onto that spot. The child who comes closest wins.
5. Gone Fishin’ What you’ll need: Cardboard, metal paper clips, an empty bucket, a broom, string. Cut pieces of cardboard into various holiday shapes (turkeys, Pilgrim hats, leaves) and attach a metal paper clip to each one. Put them all into a large empty bucket. Have the children fish for shapes using a broom with a string tied around the handle and a magnet on the end of the string. The kid who collects the most shapes wins. (These clever uses for turkey basters will change the way you cook.)