Thanksgiving Day Activities for Kids

Thanksgiving should be a day of fun, family, friends and food. Depending on the weather you could end up with a lot of people inside a small space.

thanksgiving activities

If you want to make sure the kids aren’t bored this Thanksgiving or don’t end up at your feet in the kitchen here are some activities and resources you can have on hand. These games, crafts, worksheets and snacks will help keep the kids entertained so the grown ups can enjoy hanging out too.

Don’t forget to check out myThanksgiving book list  and head to your local library to grab a few books for your book basket this weekend.

Pilgrim’s Popcorn


Oreo turkeys


Apple word search

Apples Word Hunt

Fall pretzels


Color matching craft

Turkey Color Matching Craft 2

Thanksgiving bingo


Thanksgiving games


Pumpkin pie craft


Cornucopia puzzle


 Turkey hat


Paper plate turkey

Paper Plate Turkey 2

Thanksgiving coloring pages


Thankful sheet 


Trees through the seasons


Donut Mayflower ships



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Turkey Feather Science

Turkey Feather Science at The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Marci

In the woods behind my parents’ house, we often hear the familiar call of wild turkeys. We see them at the forest edge as they move into the pasture to feed.

Each time we visit Grandma and Papa, my son has to go on a hunt for turkey feathers. He knows right where to go. Between the pasture and the thick brush at the edge of the woods, there is a clearing still under the canopy of trees where the turkeys like to visit. There is always at least one turkey feather to be found.

Being the homeschool mom that I am, I decided to use his found treasures as a science lesson.

Studying Turkey Feather Structure

Turkey feathers are great feathers to study because of their size. You can see the structures of the feathers more easily on a turkey feather than on a small sparrow feather you might find in your yard.

Turkey Feather Science at The Happy Housewife

You can see the central shaft of the feather holds the feather to the body of the bird and gives the feather its structure. The part of the shaft that extends under the body is called the calamus. (The calamus of this feather is missing. I’m guessing it was hit by a lawn mower.)

The part of the shaft that is seen outside of the body of the bird is called the rachis. The vane of the feather is made up of barbs that extend out from the rachis.
Turkey Feather Science at The Happy Housewife

These barbs have tiny barbules with hooklets that tie each other together and give the feather its smooth appearance and shape. Using a hand-held magnifier, you can easily investigate the tiny details of feathers that give them their unique properties.

Turkey Feather Facts

  • Adult turkeys have between 5000 and 6000 feathers.
  • Male turkeys have 18 tail feathers that make up its “fan.”
  • Male turkeys have colorful, iridescent feathers of bronze, green, red, and gold.
  • Female turkeys have drab feathers of brown, tan, and cream colors to blend into the surroundings
  • Turkey feathers are used for crafts, fly fishing lures, and quill pens.

Where To Get Turkey Feathers

  • If you live in an area where turkeys are found, look in open areas at the forest edge where turkeys might be foraging for food.
  • Craft stores: Many craft stores carry turkey feathers for craft or art projects. Often, the cheap colored feathers in the kids craft section are actually turkey feathers!
  • Online: Just Google turkey feathers. Lots of online retailers carry them.

More Turkey Information

Check out The Homeschool Scientist’s Turkey Unit Study Resources post!

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Darice Art Set only $9.45: Ships Free!

Don’t miss this awesome deal on the Darice 120-Piece Deluxe Art Set for Christmas! We have a similar kit and my kids absolutely love it. At the low price of $9.455 you could buy one for each child!

This isn’t the lowest price I’ve seen this art set (it was on sale for $8.25 in September) but $9.45 is a great deal!

The Darice 120-Piece Deluxe Art Set includes:

  • 24 markers
  • 24 crayons
  • 24 color pencils
  • 24 oil pastels
  • 12 watercolor cakes
  • 2 clips
  • 1 white watercolor tube
  • palette
  • paintbrush
  • drawing pencil
  • sharpener
  • eraser
  • ruler
  • sponge
  • scissors

These kits make perfect gifts so stock up and save for Christmas or birthday parties! This deluxe art kit ships free if you are an Amazon Prime member.

Buy it on Amazon today before the price goes up!

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Advent Season: Truth in the Tinsel Curriculum & Printable Ornaments

Looking for a fun curriculum for Advent to use with your little ones? Then look no further than here…

Advent Curriculum: Truth in the Tinsel | The Happy Housewife

You’ll receive 24 days of Scripture reading, ornament crafts, talking points and extension activities with fun printables and templates to help celebrate the birth of Jesus during the month of December. This $7.99 curriculum is written for 3-5 year old children, however if your older kids like crafts or helping their younger siblings, then it’s perfect to get them involved too!

Purchase Truth in the Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands today!

Truth in the Tinsel Printable Ornaments

If you’ve already done this curriculum or would just like more craft ideas for your little ones without needing a variety of supplies, then you can also purchase Truth in the Tinsel printable ornaments to decorate and hang on the tree for only $3.99!

Remember that Advent season comes FAST after Thanksgiving this year starting just four days afterwards on December 1st.

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