Simple Thanksgiving Activities for Your Toddler

The holidays mean time off from day care and school for your kids—and that means, at some point, you’ll be looking for ways to keep them occupied. You’re looking for something that’s easy to set up and will keep them engaged, instead of begging you for screen time or some more of that Halloween candy that never, ever seems to disappear. Here are some simple activities for kids that they’re sure to have fun with.

Turkey baster relay

This is a fun one that can involve everyone in the whole family. Get together a turkey baster and a few feathers. Use the turkey baster to puff the feathers across the room. Young kids will be delighted by the mere act of doing this, and for older kids you may want to add in some challenge such as making them skip or frog-hop to the finish line.

Make a fall bucket list

Here’s one that you can keep coming back to over and over again. Sit down with your child and talk about what they want to do this fall. Whether it’s making pumpkin pie together, going on a hay ride, making a hand turkey or roasting marshmallows over the fire, the potential for fun fall activities is nearly limitless.

Thanksgiving placemats

Why is it that only restaurants get to have fun placemats for kids? Whether you’re making your own or picking some up from Target, you can keep your kids busy and creative during Thanksgiving dinner. The placemats may be about drawing, coloring, doing mazes, etc.

Yummy pumpkin play dough

Unlike the store-bought variety, this play dough will actually be edible, so it won’t be a problem when it inevitably finds its way into your toddler’s mouth! Get some cookie cutters and utensils to create Thanksgiving-themed orange dough creations, or allow your kids to make whatever they like. Check out Smart School House for the full recipe.

Fun with leaves

There’s nothing kids love more than leaves that have fallen on the ground. Whether it’s making a leaf wreath by gluing them to a circular cutout, collecting them or jumping into a pile of them, leaves are nature’s gift to kids. Sure, you will be removing tiny remnants of leaves from your kids’ hair and your home for the next several weeks, but it’s worth it!

Turkey crafts

There are plenty of turkey-related crafts out there that you can do with kids, from making a simple hand turkey to sculpting a play dough turkey. Break out the scissors, glue, googly eyes, pipe cleaners and whatever else you have around and let your child’s imagination run wild.

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