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These fun Thanksgiving activities are fun for the entire family. A great way to take some time to share gratitude on this holiday.

What better time to start some fun Thanksgiving traditions with your family. See our ideas that can involve the entire family. 

Simple Thanksgiving Traditions

Hello friends!

With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, I am planning my Thanksgiving dinner menu.  I have been hosting Thanksgiving for my family for over 20 years.  We have hosted in different locations and states due to our moving around a bit, but each one is special.  I still remember my first turkey in our first home 27 years ago.

The day takes so much planning and work, and before you know it, the day is gone and we are pouring over the Black Friday ads.  What I wanted to share with you are a few things that I have found that can make Thanksgiving dinner a little more memorable.

Thanksgiving Craft Ideas

Thanksgiving Leaves – Have each family member write or say what they are thankful for this year on a leaf.  Be sure you add the year to the leaf and use the leaves to decorate your holiday table.  You can laminate the leaves and bring them out each year.   The number will grow each year, but it is nice to see that happen.  I recommend using cardstock as it does not fade as easily as construction paper.

Simple Thankful Leaves

Thankful Turkeys

Using the same concept of writing on the leaves, attach the construction paper leaves to a turkey.

Thsnkgiving tukey craft


Pilgrim People

Gather some paper towel or tissue rolls and construction paper.  With some scissors and glue, you can make these fun pilgrim people to adorn your table. 

Thsnkgiving crafts

Turkey Napkin Holders

These cute napkin holders are so easy to make, see the full tutorial here



Photos – Be sure to take a photo of the table and the people that are at your dinner.  I know that if your family is like mine, they may groan a bit, but trust me, later you will be glad you did.  I keep a scrapbook of holidays with photos from over the years.



Decorations – Get the kids involved in decorating placemats, making decorations, and place cards.  I still have some decorations that the kids made years ago.

Other Activities – Play games or go on a walk together, or better yet do both.  Make a tournament and get the kids involved in the preparation.  Our family plays Bingo every year and the winner gets a scratch-off lottery ticket.  No one has ever won anything substantial, but that does not really matter.  It is a great time to have some fun and play!

Bake some Turkey cookies or cupcakes and have the family help decorate. 

Simple Thanksgiving Traditions

For more great Thanksgiving Ideas, be sure to check out all of our Thanksgiving posts.

Thanksgiving Activities


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This is such a cute idea. It's a great way to display all the things you are thankful for. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.