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10 Family-Friendly Thanksgiving Day Activities to Try This Year

Thanksgiving will be here in no time, and so now is a great opportunity to start planning out some fun activities that involve the entire family. To save you time, we’ve put together a list of unique Thanksgiving day activities that are great for people of all ages.

10 Family-Friendly Thanksgiving Day Activities to Try This Year

Make a “Thankful List”

Thanksgiving is all about being grateful for what we have, right? So why not take the time to make a “thankful list” that can be shared at the dinner table on Thanksgiving day? Give each member of your family a card and have them write down something they’re thankful for; then, read them aloud at dinner.


10 Family-Friendly Thanksgiving Day Activities to Try This Year

Create Handprint Turkeys

For little ones, create fun turkeys by having children trace the outline of their hand and turn it into a turkey by adding eyes, a beak, and turkey legs!


10 Family-Friendly Thanksgiving Day Activities to Try This Year

Have a Turkey Feather Hunt

Similar to an Easter Egg hunt, you can hide store-bought craft features (or even miniature pumpkins) around your home and property. Whoever finds the most gets a special treat or prize!


10 Family-Friendly Thanksgiving Day Activities to Try This Year

Participate in a Turkey Trot

Have fun and stay fit this holiday season by finding a local Turkey Trot being hosted. Then, sign up the entire family and see who can finish in the shortest time! If you have little ones, most Turkey Trots allow you to bring a stroller as well.


10 Family-Friendly Thanksgiving Day Activities to Try This Year

Make Stamped Leaf Art

Create art that you’ll be proud to showcase in your home. It’s as easy as picking up some leaves around your property, covering them with paint, and stamping imprints of the leaves onto pieces of cardstock. Frame them or hang them on the fridge for a great DIY art project.


10 Family-Friendly Thanksgiving Day Activities to Try This Year

Let Kids Help With Cooking

Kids love helping in the kitchen, so find at least one Thanksgiving recipe they can assist with this year. Whether it’s letting them place pre-made sugar cookie dough onto baking sheets or even letting them assist with making an appetizer, this is a great opportunity to bond with your children.


10 Family-Friendly Thanksgiving Day Activities to Try This Year

Have a Corn-Husking Contest

Speaking of helping, recruit your kids to help shuck corn for Thanksgiving dinner; make it fun for them by having a contest to see who can shuck an ear of corn the quickest!


10 Family-Friendly Thanksgiving Day Activities to Try This Year

Attend a Local Parade

Many larger cities host Thanksgiving parades; consider attending one with your family. You’ll see some fun floats and maybe even enjoy some freebies in the process!


10 Family-Friendly Thanksgiving Day Activities to Try This Year

Volunteer as a Family

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to give back to the community. Before or after your family’s Thanksgiving feast, consider volunteering to serve a meal at a local church or soup kitchen as a way of helping the less fortunate.


10 Family-Friendly Thanksgiving Day Activities to Try This Year

Map Out Your Holiday Shopping

The day after Thanksgiving marks the official start of holiday shopping season! Start planning out your holiday shopping with your family, including stores to hit up throughout the holiday weekend. Ion at Home, for example, is holding a Black Friday weekend special with perms, demis, and liquid hair color starting as low as $2.99!

 


Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity for you to make memories with your family and loved ones that’ll last a lifetime. Whether you decide to hold a turkey feather hunt, attend a local parade, or plan out your holiday shopping, you’ll be sure to have a great time and be reminded what you’re thankful for.


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