Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, so I wanted to create a huge list of Thanksgiving fun activities you can have in your homeschool. These activities can of course also be used by school kids who are on holiday that week.
All of these activities and lesson plans are aimed at kids from the ages of 5-14, so I am sure you will find something to keep them entertained.
What is Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States and is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November (see below in the Thanksgiving Countdown how many days left before the next one!).
In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Native Americans shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies.
It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
Trying to work out how many days until the holiday? I’ve got you covered, see our countdown below!
I know it will be here before we know it!
But there is still plenty of time to get organized with these awesome activities.
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Free Thanksgiving Lesson Plans
All of these free lesson plans are a perfect way to enjoy Thanksgiving this year in your homeschool.
Every holiday we try and put away the core curriculum and either learn more about the holiday or just have fun with it.
All of these lesson plans are offered for free by other homeschool bloggers.
Writing prompts about thankfulness
Gratitude Journal Prompts for kids with over 40 ideas there will be plenty for the kids to choose from.
This Cranberry unit study is an excellent free resource that covers social studies, language arts, science, and math.
Have fun writing with these writing activities from Walking by the Way, they will certainly have you all laughing!
Free Scarecrow Unit Study from Hess Unacademy perfect for grades K-8
12 Thanksgiving writing prompts for homeschoolers
Poetry activity including a free printable for kids of all ages.
Geography Quest Pumpkin edition is all about pumpkins for kids of all ages.
5 Writing prompts about gratitude
Homemade Butter is another activity I love at this time of the year, it is a great way to have fun with STEM
Gratitude Lists for Kids Invite your kids to choose one family member on the Thanksgiving guest list and write they are thankful for that person.
Geography Quest Thanksgiving Edition is something you should do together as a family as it is so much fun. Perfect for kids of all ages.
Acrostic Poems – This is such a fun way to get kids writing, and is an activity you can all do as a family around the dinner table while waiting for the turkey!
Another awesome STEM activity is building a floating Mayflower!
Thanksgiving Activities for Homeschool
Thanksgiving Scattergories free printable, this will be a great game to play while waiting for the turkey to finish cooking!
Printable coloring pages for Thanksgiving there are 8 FREE images to color for both young and old!
A fantastic Printable Set including 28 fun and educational activities for elementary-aged kids. You will have so much fun with these from coloring pages, I Spy, activity dice and SO MUCH MORE.
Thanksgiving Fun Pack from The Waldock Way has lots of games and coloring to print out.
Thanksgiving Read Alouds check out our favorite Thanksgiving books that you can read in the run-up to Thanksgiving. It will certainly get both you and the kids in the spirit of the holiday.
Thanksgiving Trivia Game is a download quiz, but they also have lots of other awesome printables.
My Teaching Library has lots of printables on Thanksgiving from mazes to printouts on gratitude.
What about a Thanksgiving scavenger hunt? If you love them as much as we do print out our 12 FREE rhyming clues.
What about taking an Outschool class, yes, there are online classes on Thanksgiving too! I mean they have classes in every subject, why wouldn’t they have Thanksgiving too! Check them out here.
Rock Your Homeschool has created lots of awesome free printables, including my favorite, toilet roll figures!
We love a good scavenger hunt, pretty much for any time of the year, check out this Thanksgiving fun hunt from Intentional Life
Free coloring cornucopia coloring pages are perfect for kids of all ages.
Thanksgiving Fun Gifts For Kids
I know it is not necessary, but any excuse!
We are fairly new to this holiday, and we sit around the dining table (that we probably only use 4 times a year!) and have a small table gift to open. Check out our favorite gifts for kids that are all under $20.
Gobble Gobble Mad Libs book great for playing at the dining table with the whole family
Family Feud Trivia Game I just love this game, and this is perfect for playing when you have the whole family over.
Why not get crafty (although not sure I would do this at the dining table!!) with these fall decorations you can make as a family.
Coloring Placemats are a perfect addition to your dining table. It’ll certainly keep the kids, and adults, quiet while you finish in the kitchen!
Why not opt for an outside game of Thanksgiving bean bag toss. A great way to get the competitive juices flowing!
What have you got planned for Thanksgiving? Let me know in the comments.
Last Updated on 21 October 2021 by homeschoolof1