These fun & free Thanksgiving games and activities for adults and kids will inspire you to relax and enjoy some time with the family this year!
So it's November and really I LOVE this month -- but I also dread this month a little.
It seems to be the calm before the storm in so many ways, right?
As I'm making lists of all the things we need to do and planning our awesome Advent activities the calendar spaces for next month seem to be filling up quicker than you can say "Rudolph" and then there's daylight savings time ...
I. Am. Not. A. Fan :(
I would MUCH rather not have to cook dinner in the dark every night.
BUT I did find an up side to it all -- it seems that we have more time around the dinner table this month.
27 Free Printable Thanksgiving Games & Activities
We're all in the house a little earlier since it's getting dark and our evenings aren't nearly as busy.
Dinner has become a time to linger a little, talk and steal a few 'unscheduled' moments.
And one of our family traditions is playing a quick game, laughing as we fill in a mad-lib puzzle or telling each other some funny jokes.
It's these things that help us to slow down during the holidays -- at a time that can quickly become chaotic.
So I've rounded up some AWESOME free games & activities below along with affiliate links to a few of our favorite items -- print and play as you count down the days to Thanksgiving -- because we all deserve to relax a little this month & enjoy some time together!
I love to have a dozen (or so) of these free activities near our dinner table. I toss them in a cute storage basket with handle (which can easily be carried around) along with some
- colored pencils and a box of crayons
- Thanksgiving Mad libs (seriously, funniest word games EVER to play with kids!)
- blank pieces of paper (so we can draw hand-print turkeys if the mood strikes us :)
- Family Tree Mad libs are another great one to do at this time of the year
- if you plan to do the free reading challenge below, I'd also recommend tucking in some of your favorite Thanksgiving books too!
You can also create a fun Turkey Coloring Jar (with this free printable) as a seasonal decoration and put a handful of these games on the Thanksgiving table for relatives to play together.
Items with an astrick (*) are shown in the image above.
Fun Thanksgiving Activities for Families
Gratitude Activity: Thanksgiving Cootie Catcher | Bren Did *
Thanksgiving Photo Gratitude Hunt | Edventures with Kids
Go on a Turkey Hunt | Bloom
Thanksgiving Word Search | Superheroes & Teacups
Thanksgiving Play for Families | 123Homeschool4Me
Thanksgiving mad-lib | Our Shabby Nest
2 MORE Thanksgiving mad-libs | Busy Bee Kids
De-coding Thanksgiving Puzzle | CyberSleuth
Thanksgiving BINGO | Crazy Little Projects *
Thanksgiving Trivia | Prettie Parties
Don't Topple the Teepee | The Inspired Treehouse (you only need pencils for this one)
Thanksgiving Charades | I Can Teach My Child *
Thanksgiving Crossword | Better Homes & Gardens
Turkey-land Game | Modern Homemakers
Roll-a-Turkey | Lemon Squeezy Home
Photo Booth (or Selfie) Props | The Dating Divas
If you're starting to plan a Christmas Countdown, see our printable Advent Activities Ideas!
** Or if you're more of a family that kicks off Christmas at Thanksgiving, check out these 25 FREE Printable Christmas Activities & Games!
Learning Thanksgiving Games for Kids
Thanksgiving Reading Scavenger Hunt | Edventures with Kids *
I Spy Thanksgiving | Life Over C's *
Thanksgiving Cryptogram | Classroom Jr.
Thanksgiving Math & Language Pack | Little Pinch of Perfect
Thanksgiving Word Scramble | Moms & Munchkins
Thanksgiving Word Puzzles | Daily Dish Magazine *
Thanksgiving Puzzles & Coloring pages | Reading with Kids
Thanksgiving Placemats | Mama's Learning Corner
Turkey Feathers Number Matching | Totschooling
Thanksgiving Writing Prompts | 3Dinosaurs
Pilgrim's Journey Minibook | Preschool Powol Packets
Thanksgiving Pretend Play printables | Pre-K Pages
I am Thankful for ... Story Window | Buggy & Buddy
Wait! There's more! Try these 20 Free Printables for Your Thanksgiving Table!
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