12 Last Minute Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Thanksgiving is almost here and maybe you’re looking for some fun Thanksgiving activities for kids. These are all perfect for kids to do while you’re cooking or visiting with family. All of these are perfect for groups of kids to do together.

 

12 thanksgiving activities for kids

 

 12 Thanksgiving Activities for Kids 

  1. Thanksgiving Do a Dot Turkey Printables- seven pages that are all about turkeys and the letter T. Super fun for kids while grownups are getting dinner ready.
  2. Free Thanksgiving Worksheet Pack- these are perfect for kids ages 2-8 and go perfectly with the book There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie. Love these from 3 Dinosaurs.
  3. Thanksgiving TeePees- these are over at Pre K Pages and this is a yummy activity using ice cream cones, chocolate and pretzels to make a fun treat!
  4. Native American Headband- this is over at 3 Boys and a Dog and is a fun craft the kids will love doing and wearing together!
  5. Thanksgiving Dinner Coloring Pack- love this from Enchanted Homeschooling Mom. Just print these pages off and let your kiddos enjoy coloring Thanksgiving dinner ideas!
  6. Turkey Pudding Cups- an easy snack kids can make.
  7. Feather Name Turkey- this is so cute. All you need is a paper plate and some construction paper. I love when learning and fun collide! You’ll find tons of other fun Thanksgiving activities over on Growing Book by Book too!
  8. Sight Word Game- ok, this has nothing to do with Thanksgiving, but is a board game you can print now and kids will be busy for hours!! And everyone will LOVE this game that’s on Brain Power Boy. I promise.
  9. Color and Cut Printable Thanksgiving Placemats- these are fun from KidsActivitiesBlog.
  10. Pumpkin Playdough- this easy recipe uses two ingredients. If you have canned pumpkin and corn starch on hand you can make this! Let the kids mix it up and they will have hours of fun while Mom and Dad are cooking.
  11. Pilgrim Do a Dot Worksheet- can you find the letter P?
  12. Oreo Cookie Turkey- use a few pieces of candy and a chocolate cream cookie and make a turkey. Super fun!

More Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids:

Enjoy time together as a family making memories!

How to Make Oreo Turkey Cookies

Are you looking for fun Thanksgiving activities for kids? These Oreo turkey cookies are so cute!

They are perfect for a class or homeschool party.

Perfect activity for the kids to do on Thanksgiving after they eat turkey and dressing.

Are you ready to see how easy these are to make? Everyone will love them!

(Make sure you check out all of our activities for kids while you’re here! We have tons.)

turkey oreo cookies

Supplies (for 1 cookie):

Gather up your supplies.

Just put the store-bought icing in a ziplock bag. Use scissors to snip one corner of the bag so you can use it to pipe icing on the cookie. Set it aside  for the moment. We will use it soon.

how to make a turkey from a cookie

 

Take the candy corns and poke them into the filling of the cookie like the image below.

Fan them out to look like feathers.

Then, break the pretzel stick in half.

Pole them into the bottom part of the cookie to serve as turkey legs.

cookie turkey for thanksgiving

 

Then, pipe some icing onto the Whopper candy.

Place it in the middle of the cookie as the nose.

Break a small piece of the Starburst candy off and form it into a triangle.

Use the icing to secure it to the Whopper. This will serve as the turkey’s beak.

Finally, use the icing to secure the two candy eyes above the Whopper.

use candy to make a turkey cookie

Your turkey Oreo turkey will look like this when you’re done.

how to make a turkey with an oreo cookieSuper fun and super easy.

The kids can do it themselves, or you can help.

Check out our awesome video:

Here are some more fun Thanksgiving activities for kids while you’re at it!

More Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids:

Thanksgiving Books for Kids:

 

Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies in a Pudding Cup

I adore these little Thanksgiving turkey cookies for kids. And the best part…. they are no bake!

And, the kids can assemble them.

These make perfect after school snacks, Thanksgiving Day treats, or treats for the school Fall party.

Let me show you how easy these are to make. (While you’re here, check out all of my activities for kids. We have tons!)

 

Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies

Supplies:

Gather up your supplies.

use a pudding pack and milano cookie to make a turkey

 

Any white icing will do.

Put a tablespoon of icing in the bag.

Seal it.

Use a pair of scissors to cut a small snippet off the corner of the bag. You will use this to pipe the icing.

Notice how we are only using the orange section of the candy corn? Just break it apart.

how to make a turkey treat for kids

I love this red icing for the turkey’s gobbler.

This package of icing goes very far. I have used it for so many creations this season.

red decorating icing

Take the lid off of the snack pack.

Stick the Milano cookie down into the pudding.

Arrange five of the Swedish Fish behind the cookie to look like feathers.

Use the icing as glue to attach the candy eyes to the cookie.

Use the icing to attach the orange candy corn as the beak.

turkey cookie treat for kids

Put a small strand of red icing along side the orange beak to create the gobbler.

And there you have it. A turkey cookie treat for kids!

Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies with Pudding

 

My kids loved this!

Have you ever made a turkey out of a cookie? I would love to hear about it!

 

More Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids:

Thanksgiving Books for Kids:

 

 

10 Pumpkin Play Dough Recipes

We love making homemade play dough at our house. What about you?

Making pumpkin play dough is perfect this time of year. We move the smell of the spices and mixing everything together.

Let your kids help! Learning to mix and pour and measure are important life skills for them to learn.

Let me show you 10 different ways to make a pumpkin flavored play dough. There are ways to make it dye free, with Jello, with marshmallows and more!

pumpkin play dough recipes

 

10 Pumpkin Play Dough Recipes

  1. Pumpkin Pie Play Dough from Crystal & Co is dye free and is a great project to do together with kids in the kitchen. Measure, cook and knead!
  2. DIY Pumpkin Pie Playdough from Tinkerlab using liquid water colors and spices.
  3. Gluten Free Edible Pumpkin Play Dough from Fun at Home with Kids is a no cook recipe!
  4. Play Dough Made with Real Pumpkin- this recipe from MamaPapaBubba is perfect for play!
  5. Edible Pumpkin Pie Play Dough- this version from Coffee Cups and Crayons is made with real pumpkin and powdered sugar!
  6. No Cook Pumpkin Pie Play Dough- this recipe from No Time for Flashcards looks awesome!
  7. Jello Pumpkin Play Dough from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas has a play dough variation I have never tried- with Jello!!
  8. Pumpkin Spice Play Dough with Natural Dyes- love this from Small + Friendly. She uses natural things to create these spice variations.
  9. Pumpkin Play Dough Kids from Pleasantest Things is super fun for kids. These would make great party favors for a Fall party.
  10. Marshmallow Pumpkin Spice Play Dough from Housing A Forest. Again, another method that is new to me. Love this!

Have you ever made homemade pumpkin pie play dough? How did you do it, I would love to hear about it!

More Activities for Kids

Activities for Kids: Pudding Paint

When my kids were younger we used to do all sorts of fun things in the kitchen for homeschooling.  We also did a lot of fun kitchen learning just by experimenting with different textures, flavors and utensils.  I’m a firm believer that cooking with kids and letting them do fun things in the kitchen, is what sparks their interest for cooking as they grow older.

The kitchen and all of it’s utensils, pots and pans and special bake ware should not be a mystery to kids.  Teaching them what each basic utensil is used for and how it functions in the kitchen creates an atmosphere of confidence in our kids.

Experimenting with Pudding Paint is a super easy way to get started with this kind of learning for older kids.  No, pudding paint is not just for babies.

(While you’re here, check out all of our activities for kids, we have tons!)

Pudding Painting

You can create all different kinds of colors of pudding paint by using Vanilla Pudding and putting Food Coloring in it.  We used to always use Instant Chocolate Pudding for our crazy experiments and learning in the kitchen because that’s what my kids liked.

So create the pudding any way that suits your children best.

Items needed:

After you make your pudding you can immediately start the fun!  This shouldn’t be too controlling, just enough to have the kids try some different ways of using the kitchen utensils or do their homework…LOL

Kitchen Utensils

  • Cake Icing Spatula – Have the kids smooth the Pudding over the surface of the Freezer Paper as smooth as they can.
  • Pizza Cutter – Have the kids cut the Pudding in 1/2, 1/4, 1/8  What ever level they are at in Math
  • Whisk – To make fun designs
  • Turner – Move the Pudding to one side of the paper.   See how many times it takes to move the Pudding from one side of the paper to the other.
  • Tongs – Have them see if they can pick up the pudding with Tongs (this can be a little messy)
  • Potato Masher - Use to make designs and you can use as a pudding stamp too!
  • Look through your kitchen and see what you have that would be fun!

Potato Masher

Math

  • Smooth out the pudding and then draw you Math equations in the Pudding.  For every answer they get right they can lick their fingers.  (not good of they are sharing paper, they need individual paper for this one…germs)
  • Shapes – See what they can draw out of the different shapes you are learning

Games

  • Either you or a sibling/friend can begin to draw and the other guesses what they are drawing
  • Blind folded drawing.  Tell them what to draw, blind fold them and see what it looks like when done!
  • Just let them have fun making whatever they want…and licking their fingers.
  • When you get to the end of your fun, add some sprinkles and EAT!

sprinkles

The most important thing, in my opinion is that kids have fun while learning.  I’m kind of a stickler about fun!

Pudding Paint

What ideas do you have for learning in the kitchen?

More Activities for Kids

Fall Leaves Printables and Activities for Kids

Down here in Southern Alabama, we don’t really have all the pretty colors when our leaves start falling.  We either have green or dead and nothing in between. LOL!  So, I want my kids to understand what happens in other parts of our country.  These Fall Leaves printables are perfect for teaching our Children all about the Autumn Season!  Personally, Fall is one of my favorite seasons and has an awesome learning potential: from leaves, to colors, to how animals prepare for Winter, to the great Holidays coming!

Fall Leaves Printables and Activities for Kids

Fall Leaves Printables and Activities for Kids:

I hope you and yours enjoy these printables & crafts as much as Tank and I do!

  1. Love this Alphabet Leaf Activity to help our preschool children match upper & lower case letters.
  2. This Fall Leaf Unit Study from Enchanted Homeschooling Mom is a perfect companion to your homeschool plan for all ages!
  3. This Leaf Garland craft is just too adorable!  I would love to string it on my banister!
  4. You and your kids can learn All About Leaves with this free printable pack from 3 Dinosaurs!
  5. This L is for Leaf craft is a fun way to introduce Fall to your Preschoolers!
  6. Crafty Morning curated a ton of Fall Leaves Crafts for your kids to make.
  7. Not enough leaves?  Check out this list of over 20 leaf activities for kids!

More Fall Crafts:

Fall isn’t just about leaves!  You can learn even more about fall with any of the following projects and printables!

Do you have any favorite fall leaves printables that you use in your homeschooling?  Please share them in the comments below!

26 Activities When Kids Are Sick

You’ve been there, I am sure.

You have a child who has been sick and they are getting better but still not well enough to attend school or outside of the home activities.

They have been home for a couple of days and they’re now stir crazy.

Now, you’re on the hunt for activities for kids when they’re sick.

I have a plan for you!

26 activities when kids are sick

Hop over to Parents.com where I am writing today. I have shared a list of 26 boredom busters for sick kids. i think you will love them!

These are all activities that can be done on the couch, nothing is physical or exhausting. They are all things that will help relieve cabin fever when you’ve been stuck inside for days.

Numbers 14 is my favorite! Just requires their imagination!

Come back and let me know which one’s you’re most excited to use the next time you’re in this situation.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dr. Cocoa. The opinions and text are all mine.

Kid Color Pages: Room on the Broom

Have you heard of the children’s book Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson? What a fun book this is and perfect as we approach Halloween.

I thought it would be fun to make some kid color pages to go with this book.

Color pages are very good for children to use. Coloring helps build fine motor skills, develops grip, enhances hand and eye coordination, and more!

I have put these printables in order to go with the storybook, so this will help with comprehension and sequencing too!

And I have included handwriting practice for kids on these pages too!

 

kid color pages room on the broom

You Will Need:

The first page is just the witch on her broom.

Kids can trace the words Room on the Broom.

Add a bow to her hair if you want.

room on the broom color pages

Next we have the cat. I know it is not the same exact cat as shown in the book.

You could have your little one draw lines to make it a calico cat.

Trace the sentence below the cat.

Notice the sentence starts with a capital letter.

the witch had a cat handwriting practice

Then there is the sweet little dog.

Is there room on the broom for a dog?

How many spots are on the dog?

 

coloring pages

And that crazy bird.

Color him green to match the bird in the book.

Notice the punctuation at the end of the sentence.

coloring pages for room on the broom

And the clean little frog.

He is so silly on that broom.

Bring notice to the other shapes- the half moon and star on his hat.

coloring pages halloween frog

And then they run into a mean dragon who captures the witch!

room on the broom dragon coloring sheet

And the dragon is scared away by creatures with big eyes in the dark and he lets the witch go!

room on the broom coloring sheet

 

The witch is so happy to makes up a potion in her cauldron!

cauldronm coloring sheet

The broom is fixed and now there is room on the broom for everyone!

full moon coloring sheet for room on the broom

 

Super fun story and the coloring pages just bring it to life.

Want more super fun activities you can do with your kiddos as you read this book and other Julia Donaldson books to your kids?

More Julia Donaldson Activities:

Room on the Broom

Room on the Broom

The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson a book for kids

Stick Man

Stick Man book for kids

Books and Activities featured at the Virtual Book Club for Kids

We’d love to see the Mo Willems inspired activities that you do with your child or class!   Come share your activity Idea and photos on our VBC Facebook Page or in the Comment Section.

Printable Book List for upcoming Authors and Books for #vbcforkids 

 

Fall Activities for Preschoolers: Our Fall Bucket List

Fall is at its peak here in Northern Ontario, Canada. The leaves have already changed their colours and have started forming a thick blanket on the floor. The squirrels are busy collecting their acorns for colder weather and we are loving the cooler weather. To celebrate this colourful season, I will be sharing our Fall Activities for Preschoolers Bucket List. This is simply a list of activities that J, my preschooler and I would love to do this fall.

Fall Activities for Preschoolers- our bucket list

 

Fall Activities For Preschoolers Bucket List

1. Create A Fall Sensory Bin

This activity was inspired my preschooler J. She saw the over abundance of acorns and loved looking at the scampering squirrels from a safe distance. She would pick up an acorn, and then excitedly say, “Look Mommy, an acorn! I can’t eat it. J not a squirrel.” (Let me state that my preschooler is almost 3, so proper grammar or complete sentences is not a huge emphasis right now.) Courtesy of her interest in acorns, I created an acorn sensory bin.
fall activities for preschoolers-fall sensory bins

2. Play in the Leaves

What preschooler , or adult for that matter, does not love playing in a huge pile of dry leaves? I will admit, this is one of the things that I love about living in a colder country. Sure in Jamaica the leaves would fall off but they were always a yucky brown.

3. Apple Bobbing

This is a fall activity for preschoolers that I am sure J would love as we do our own little version of apple bobbing at home. The real thing is generally better than the knock off version of an activity.

4. Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Just recently I found out from a friend that there is a pumpkin patch near by in the town we live in. They also have gourds as well as a donkey rides and hay rides. I am looking forward to J picking out the pumpkin she likes and decorating it. Which leads us to number 5 on the list.

5. Decorate a Pumpkin

6. Corn Maze

I am not sure if this is the Jamaican in me speaking but I have NEVER heard of corn mazes. Why would I want to go in a maze of corn? Well even though I am not too happy about this idea, I am sure J and the rest of our family would love to experience it. Why should I ruin the fall party?

7. Bonfire

We did our first bonfire with J this spring in the fire pit hubby created and I am sure she would love to experience it again. It should be even better without all those lovely spring bugs. We might even do some marshmallows seeing that J is certain that she loves them even though she has never had them.

8. Have a Picnic with a Twist

J loves having picnics as well as the idea of a picnic. Luckily we can cross this one off. Our family went on a hike and had a picnic lunch on the top of a cliff with close fiends. Seeing all the colours from that view was nothing short of AMAZING.
fall activities for preschoolers- have a picnic on a cliff with friends

9. Read Books About Fall

There are so many books that exist about fall. Our favourite so far is The Pumpkin Patch Parable.

10. Make Apple Butter and Apple Sauce

11. Nature Walk

Here is a great nature walk list courtesy of Raising Boys Homeschool.

Well there you have it, our fall activities for preschoolers bucket list. What plans do you have for fall with your preschooler?

Alphabet Leaf Matching for Kids

Are you looking for some frugal and fun leaf activities for kids this Fall?

I love the opportunity to make a game educational. And this can be done on an extreme budget when shopping at Dollar Tree! All of the supplies can be purchased for $5, but you may already have some of these items on hand.

Sorting is a basic skill needed for reading and math. Activities like this are not only something kids enjoy because you’re making them a game, but they are learning… painlessly!

leaf activities for kids from dollar treeItems Needed:

  • 2 packages of Fall Leaves (they are located in the decor and craft area of Dollar Tree)
  • permanent marker
  • 2 baskets or containers (also in the decor and craft area at Dollar Tree)

Each packet of leaves contained 50. I purchased two packages.

I sorted the colors into stacks.

dollar tree frugal fun

Grab your marker and choose one color of leaves to dedicate to lower case letters. I did lowercase letters on the brown leaves.

Use another color to dedicate to capital letters. I chose red leaves for this.

Then I used the orange leaves for the vowels. I did both capital and lowercase vowels on orange leaves. This way we could have a discussion about vowels and why they are different than all of the other letters of the alphabet.

leaf activities for kids

I wrote the letters on the back of the leaves since the front of each leaf has lines on it.

Lay all of the leaves out on a flat service where students can see the letters on the leaves.

fall activities for kids

Alphabet Matching Game

Identify a basket for capital letters and a basket for lowercase letters. I purchased baskets in two different colors- one a bit darker than the other.

Have children sort the letters starting with the letter A and working their way through to the letter Z.

Basic Sorting Game

If your child does not know the order of the alphabet but can identify the difference in capital and lowercase letters, this is an excellent exercise for them as well. In this case they need not go in order, but simply focus on sorting capital and lowercase letters.

Spelling Game

If students are more advanced ask them to spell words using the leaves. Maybe they spell their spelling words, vocabulary words, their name, etc.

As you can see there are many different ways to utilize alphabet leaves for learning!

leaf activity for kids

Everything stores nicely in the baskets and stays organized and tidy.

alphabet activities for kids

 

What are some of your favorite activities for kids?

Have you made a fun game for your kids recently on a budget? I would love to hear about it!

 

MORE LEAF ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

Make sure you check out my collection of over 20 leaf activities for kids that is perfect for the Fall season! Enjoy!