What would we do without Thanksgiving activity printables this week! After all, cooking for Thanksgiving can intimidate even the most seasoned cook, let alone when you’re surrounded by young kids who are a little too eager to “help.”
(Or in my case, an infant who weighs only slightly more than the raw bird I’m trying to wrangle into the oven.)
Thankfully, the parents of the internet totally get it. So here are some amazing free Thanksgiving activity printables from some of our favorite crafters to help keep little ones occupied at the kids’ table — or until it’s time to sit down and grab a dinner roll.
Related: Color your home grateful with these cool printable Thanksgiving posters.
I love activities that create space for reflection, especially if they’re as pretty as this Gratitude Thanksgiving Printable, available at Tell Love and Party. Consider posting this before guests arrive so that all your guests can add on and color throughout the day.
This awesome printable Thanksgiving placemat keeps the coloring and activity-doing contained to one cute sheet of paper that you can totally use during dinner — then recyle immediately after. Thanks to My Sister’s Suitcase Blog for this huge helper.
These free printable Thanksgiving coloring pages from The House that Lars Built are just so gorgeous, like everything at this site. It’s perfect for tweens who are beyond the “trace your hand to make a turkey” phase, but even young kids can go nuts with the crayons.And hey, they’ll double as totally presentable, modern placemats the adults’ table too.
If you’re entertaining younger kids and very early readers, try this sweet Roll-a-Turkey free printable Thanksgiving activity from Inspiration Made Simple (FKA 733 Blog). I love the friendly turkey art on this game, plus the fact that it taught me the word snood!
The Thanksgiving Bingo printable game cards at Pretty My Party is a great Thanksgiving activity for larger groups of kids who need some entertaining while the turkey takes foreeeeeeever. You’ll just need one adult or responsible older kid to read off the cards, but one big person managing an entire group of littler people is a pretty great ratio if you ask me.
Related: 13 amazing, free printables for Thanksgiving from a favorite illustrator
This cute Thanksgiving I Spy printable activity page comes with a key so kids can identify how many of each fall-ish item are in the printable. But I think it’s also a great way to spark conversations about the pumpkins, corn kernels, fallen leaves and forest animals kids have seen so far this fall. Check out Kleinworth Co. for the free printable.
Mad libs basically guarantee riotous laughter in our family, so I’m grateful to find this Thanksgiving Mad Libs printable page at Happiness is Homemade. Have kids fill it out before the meal and read aloud over dessert — or as a useful way to stave off a contentious political discussion before it erupts. You know what I’m talking about.