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No Prep Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

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Are you traveling? Hosting? Feeling stressed? I’ve linked up all of my favorite Thanksgiving ideas to keep your family occupied and entertained during the holidays! I know what it’s like to keep littles engaged during this time of year. The driving. The long, family gatherings. It can take a toll on everyone. These are my favorite last minute ideas that I have used over the years to keep everyone happy and Thank-filled. Whether I’m cookin’ in the kitchen, traveling, or hosting, these are easy ideas that you can implement last minute. Many are just a click away. Gather your guests together for stress-free family fun!

Set the Table

 Kid-friendly kraft table via Martha Stewart: Don’t worry about laying out the holiday table cloth. A roll of kraft paper from your local office supply store will do the trick! Grab some crayons and there you have a kid-friendly table cloth combo. Voila!

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via Martha Stewart

 Thanksgiving How-To Draw via Art for Kids Hub: Dress up your table with homemade holiday art. I love how this art channel has so many holiday drawings to choose from. I always know that I can find something for any age range here.

Looking for more drawing ideas to dress up your table? Here are just a few other Thanksgiving How-To Draw themes..

Table Printables

        I Spy Thanksgiving via Paper Trail Designs

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via Paper Trail Designs

Paper Trail Designs has tons of other freebie holiday I Spy printables. Print them out here for your next holiday festivity.

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2. Autumn Mazes via BrainyMaze

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3. Thanksgiving Word Search via Crayons & Cravings. Race to see who can finish their list first!

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via Crayons & Cravings

Family-Friendly Thanksgiving Games

Play these simple yet silly games as an ice breaker or just for good ole’ family fun at your gathering. Either way, these are hilarious if you’re up for it before or after your meal!

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via The Inspired Treehouse

Gratitude Game via Teach Beside Me has a great spin-off version of the Pick-up Sticks game with a thankful twist.

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via Teach Beside Me

Minute to Win It games. Pie eating contest, eh? Search simple games on Pinterest to find your favorite games. There’s too many too choose from! Scroll down to my Pinterest board for ideas.


Thanksgiving Word Scramble via Crayons & Cravings. For those of you who may have eaten a bit too much turkey!

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via Crayons and Cravings

The Turkey Leg Wrap via Country Living would be so fun to play along with a pie eating contest!

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via Country Living

Feather Colander via MamaOT. Got tiny tots that want to participate? This is an easy activity to keep your littles entertained while you cook or serve your guests.

via MamaOT

Thanksgiving Charades via I Can Teach My Child. Everyone loves a good game of Charades! Mix it up with this holiday version.

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via I Can Teach My Child

Have a blessed Thanksgiving celebrating with those you love!

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