Fun and Festive Thanksgiving Activities

Thanksgiving Meal Winner
Keep family and friends occupied this Thanksgiving with holiday crafts and activities. We've gathered our best Thanksgiving activities to help everyone have fun while remembering the reason for the season.

Make a Kid-Friendly Table Runner

If your Thanksgiving setup includes a kids' table, then consider this no-fuss, no-mess Thanksgiving activity. Unroll a length of butcher or craft paper down the center of the table; tape down the ends if necessary. Give kids age-appropriate crayons, markers, or pens, and let them decorate before you set the table.


Download Free Thanksgiving Placemats and a Trivia Quiz

Your printer is all your need for some dinner entertainment. For the kids: Printable placemats that double as activity time. For the adults: A test-your-Turkey-Day-knowledge trivia quiz. Get the free downloads, below!

Gather a Recipe Collection

Your Thanksgiving dinner guests will love taking home recipes from the day as a reminder of your special time together. Print out recipes on rectangular paper; fold in half and stitch together with a cover sheet. Affix a label to the front with your own special message and tie a ribbon around the entire booklet to finish.

Host a Family Tree Guessing Game

Here's a fun Thanksgiving activity that guests can work on before and after the meal. Ask each person to bring a baby picture; affix them to a wall "tree" you've made out of cardstock. Ask guests to guess the identity of each photo, and place answers in a jar or bowl. Reveal the matches after dinner is over.

Get creative with your centerpiece designs -- a chalkboard-painted platter works great as a Thanksgiving centerpiece and can be transformed to use on your table year-round.

Watch: Make Your Own Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Simple crafting skills and chalkboard paint transform an old platter into a one-of-a-kind centerpiece for Thanksgiving. Use it to display a welcome message or tell guests the menu.

Write Thankful Notes

Show your gratitude this Thanksgiving with these free, festive thank you cards that can serve as a night-of Thanksgiving activity. Simply download the beautiful card patterns and write your message inside.

Let Kids Design the Place mats

Skip the fancy place mats and table settings. Make dinnertime fun with this clever Thanksgiving activity. Simply cut colored cardstock to place mat size. Place a small cup of crayons at each place setting and have guests write down what they've been thankful for over the past year. During dinner, have each guest share a little of what they've written.

Collect Gifts for Others

Thanksgiving is an easy holiday to talk about the importance of generosity. Ask your guests to bring extra coats and other warm-weather gear that you can donate to a charitable cause. Kids can go through their own closets before Thanksgiving day to get the collections started. Place a large basket for collecting donations near the front door.

Have Family Help Set the Table

Get kids in the act of setting the table. Let them assemble silverware and help choose the color scheme, too. Here, an unusual combination of green and yellow adds seasonal charm. To give dinnertime a pulled-together look, print out the menu onto cardstock using decorative fonts; tuck inside a folded napkin.

Make Nature-Inspired Place Cards

Low-key and festive, these simple place cards capture the harvest-inspired spirit of the season. Print our free design and write each person's name in complementary ink. Tuck a small item, such as a beet, into individual bowls; cut a small slit to insert the place card.

Try a Thankful-Theme Game

Writing down what we are thankful for is a well-loved Thanksgiving tradition. Try this card version: Simply cut out out cards from scrapbooking papers using decorative-edge scissors and embellish as desired. Give the cards to guests before dinner and ask them to write what they are thankful for. 

Do a Thanksgiving Crossword Puzzle

If the adults haven't finished their meal but kids want to get up and play, give them this activity instead -- a seasonal crossword puzzle. 


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