Entertaining Thanksgiving Day Activities

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Happy Thanksgiving Week! All of us at Peachtree Road Lutheran Preschool are thankful for you and for our wonderful students who enrich our lives daily. We hope your Thanksgiving is filled with love, laughter, and a lot of food!

Thanksgiving day can be quite a busy day. From cooking to cleaning to hosting family and friends – there are only so many hours in a day! I’m sure your children ABSOLUTELY LOVE helping you accomplish everything throughout the day. However, if they need a distraction or a fun break, we have included a few entertaining activities that they can do on their own or with family and friends!


(Younger children might need assistance with this one)

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What You Need:

  • poster board
  • colorful markers or crayons
  • colorful paper
  • scissors
  • tape or glue


  1. With brown markers, draw the trunk of the tree and branches. Don’t worry about this being perfect – most of it will be covered with leaves soon!
  2. Using the colorful paper and scissors, cut out several leaves in each color. You can make the leaves as simple or as intricate as you like.
  3. Once the leaves are all cut out, have your child write down (or tell you, so you can write them down) all the things in their life that they are thankful for.
  4. Tape or glue the filled out leaves onto the branches.
  5. You can fill up all the leaves at once or make this a week long project that they can add to each day! There’s always something new to be thankful for everyday!


What You Need:

  • Plastic or Paper Cup
  • Tape or glue
  • Colorful Paper
  • Sharpie
  • Paper and Pen
  • Beads (for kids 4+). You can also use marbles, straws, cotton balls, small toys, or anything else you have on hand to collect in the cup!
  • Optional: Dice or White Board

How To Play:

  1. Use whatever colorful paper your child prefers. We used brown, red, orange, and yellow paper.
  2. Cut out a circle big enough to cover most of the front of the cup.
  3. Cut out the beak, wattle, and feathers.
  4. Tape or glue the circle to the front of the cup.
  5. Using a sharpie, draw two eyes on the circle.
  6. Tape or glue the beak and wattle to the face of the “turkey.”
  7. Tape or glue the feathers to the back of the cup.
  8. Now the game begins! Using paper or a whiteboard, write down a few math problems for the child to solve. Be sure to adjust the math to their current level of education. Once they solve the first problem, they add the amount of beads (or other toys) into the cup that equals the answer.
  9. Go on to the next problem and continue until the cup is full.
  10. Once the cup is full, they have succeeded at “Stuffing the Turkey.”
  11. OPTIONAL: You can use one or two dice to play this game as well. They can roll one die and add the amount of items rolled into the cup. They can also roll 2 dice, add the numbers shown together, and then place that number of items into the cup.


How To Play:

  1. Print out the custom “I SPY” sheet – 1 Per Child (Download link below)
  2. Have each child get a pen or crayon
  3. Check off each item they find until all boxes are complete.
  4. You can set a timer for how long they have to find everything or just let them discover everything throughout the day. It’s up to you!

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