While there’s no shortage of websites out there that offer free Thanksgiving coloring pages for children surrounded by lots of blinking ads and downloadable PDFs of dubious quality, we have an alternative: A selection of nicely designed, artful Thanksgiving coloring pages for children of all ages, all with a focus on gratitude.

After all, while our kids may be excited for a day of family, football, extra pie, and no school, we always think that opportunities to give thanks and express gratefulness are really what makes the day special.

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Free printable Thanksgiving coloring page for kid from artist Olivia Goree for Minted

Our friends at Minted are offering up two really lovely Thanksgiving coloring pages for kids.This printable Thanksgiving leaves coloring page (PDF) by indie artist Olivia Goree gives kids a little space to express their gratitude for…something.

Crayola Ultimate Crayon Collection

It always feels like just after you print off tons of printables to keeps everyone busy while the turkey cooks, some one yells: “We don’t have any crayons!”. This year, you may consider grabbing one or two of these Ultimate Crayon Collections from Crayola at Amazon. They come with a handy-dandy carrier and a sharpener so no one has to use a carving knife to sharpen crayons.

Free printable Thanksgiving coloring page from Minted: Fill in the Thanks

This beautiful printable Fill-in-the-Thanks printable coloring page for children (PDF) by Jocelyn Mock is a little lighter on the coloring, a little heavier on the gratitude space, even giving kids a spot to draw something they’re thankful for. Kids of all ages will love either.

Related: 13 wonderful free Thanksgiving printables from kids’ games to banners to DIY to-go boxes

Free printable "grateful for" Thanksgiving coloring page at Soul Flower

Leiah from Soul-Flower created this lovely free printable “grateful for” Thanksgiving coloring page that offers a nice balance of foliage to color in, and space to give thanks. It might even look nice printed small on card stock as place cards for the adults.

Crayola Super Tip Markers at Amazon

Maybe your crew prefers markers over crayons, you will have enough to clean up that you don’t need to worry about how to get Sharpie out of your couch. I swear by these Crayola Super Tip Markers also at Amazon. Not only do they wash out of almost anything, the fine tip allows your budding artists to color in super detail.


Free printable Thanksgiving coloring pages with messages like "give thanks," "gratitude," and "thankful" via PaperTrail Design

Brittany from Paper Trail Design offers a set of five free printable Thanksgiving leaf coloring pages, with messages including gratitude, give thanks, thankful, grateful and Thanksgiving. The design is so simple and classic, this is another free printable coloring page that would make a nice laminated placemat for the kids.

In fact, print multiples of all five and no one will have to fight over who gets which one. That would be something to be grateful for.