Thanksgiving is  coming soon!!! This is a wonderful time to engage kids in fun and educational activities that teach them about gratitude, history, and the importance of giving thanks. Here are some creative Thanksgiving activities for kids:

  1. Thankful Tree: Create a “Thankful Tree” by drawing a large tree trunk and branches on a poster board or a wall using craft paper. Cut out paper leaves and have kids write or draw something they are thankful for on each leaf. Attach the leaves to the branches to create a beautiful tree of gratitude.
  2. Thanksgiving Craft Projects: Organize craft sessions where kids can make Thanksgiving-themed decorations such as paper plate turkeys, handprint or footprint turkeys, and Native American headdresses. These crafts are not only fun but also provide opportunities to discuss the history and significance of Thanksgiving.
  3. Cooking and Baking: Involve kids in the kitchen by letting them help with age-appropriate cooking and baking tasks. They can assist in making Thanksgiving dishes like mashed potatoes, stuffing, or simple desserts. It’s a great way to teach them about food preparation and the importance of sharing meals with loved ones.
  4. Thanksgiving Parade Watching: Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV together. Kids can create their mini “parade” by making paper floats or balloons, and they can even march around the living room to their own imaginative parade music.
  5. Gratitude Journals: Encourage kids to keep a gratitude journal throughout the month of November. Each day, they can write down something they are thankful for. This activity helps foster a daily habit of gratitude.
  6. Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt: Create a Thanksgiving-themed scavenger hunt with clues related to the holiday. Kids can follow the clues to find hidden treasures or treats, and each clue can share a fun fact or historical tidbit about Thanksgiving.
  7. Storytelling: Share Thanksgiving stories and myths with children. Read books that relate to the Pilgrims, Native Americans, and the first Thanksgiving feast. Encourage them to retell the stories in their own words or even create their own Thanksgiving tales.
  8. Gratitude Cards: Have kids make personalized Thanksgiving cards for family members or friends, expressing their gratitude and love. It’s a thoughtful way to teach them the joy of giving thanks.
  9. Outdoor Activities: If weather permits, plan outdoor activities such as a family nature walk or playing a game of touch football. It’s an excellent way to burn off energy and create lasting Thanksgiving memories.
  10. Community Service: Engage kids in acts of kindness by participating in community service activities like volunteering at a local food bank or making care packages for those in need. It’s an opportunity to teach them about giving back.

These Thanksgiving activities for kids not only provide entertainment but also promote important values like gratitude, generosity, and the spirit of togetherness during this special holiday.


Resilience Martial Arts encourages Thanksgiving activities for kids to foster a sense of gratitude and empathy. These activities teach children the importance of giving back to their communities and embracing the values of kindness and appreciation during the holiday season.  Click here for Resilience Martial Arts website