One of my favorite things about parenting is doing Thanksgiving activities with my child and our family every year. Below, I listed activities I have done with my family during the Thanksgiving holiday, as well as activities I plan on doing for future Thanksgiving holidays. If you need ideas on family Thanksgiving activities for this year, keep reading.
Favorite Family Thanksgiving Activities for 2018
One of my favorite family activities to do during the fall season or on Thanksgiving is collecting fallen leaves and creating art projects with them. Our family collects different colored and fallen leaves outside. Once we are done collecting the leaves, we decide on doing an art project together.
One of our favorite fall and Thanksgiving art projects is making words or phrases out of the leaves. Once we choose a phrase or word, we spell it out on a poster board, gluing the leaves on the board. For these name and phrase projects, we usually need to use smaller leaves. However, we can use the medium to larger leaves for other types of art projects.
I haven’t done a volunteer project during the Thanksgiving holiday with my child yet because she doesn’t fit the minimum age requirement for most of these projects. However, I plan to sign up our family to volunteer at one of the local food pantries or soup kitchens during the Thanksgiving holiday once she turns old enough in a couple of years.
If you have a teenager, volunteering during Thanksgiving is a great way to spend time with each other, as well as give back to the community.
Volunteering is a great way to make a positive impact in someone else’s life. It’s a great way to help someone who may be experiencing rough times. Examples of volunteering projects during Thanksgiving are:
- Organizing food donations
- Preparing and serving food plates at a soup kitchen
- Washing dishes at a soup kitchen
Make pumpkin pie
Making and baking a pumpkin pie with your kid is a wonderful family activity to do together during Thanksgiving. It not only helps the two of you spend quality time together, but also gives your kid the opportunity to build baking skills, explore senses, and have a lot of fun doing it!
There are plenty of delicious pumpkin pie recipes you can try from scratch.
Hangman is a simple, yet perfect activity to do with your child during the Thanksgiving holiday. It doesn’t require you to spend any money and you can bond with your kid. Use Thanksgiving or fall words to celebrate the holiday. Ideas for words include:
- Gobble Gobble
- Black Friday
- Pumpkin Pie
If you have never played Hangman, check out these easy-to-follow instructions.
Create a book
Since my daughter has started elementary school, she has made at least one book in each of her classes. She loves writing about the stories and creating the pages.
During Thanksgiving, creating a Thanksgiving-theme book with your child is a great way to spend time with each other.
Materials to gather:
- Markers, colored pencils, and/or crayons
- Construction paper
- White paper for pages
Scavenger hunts are a fun way for your family to work together, and get to know each other better. For Thanksgiving, I like making the scavenger items related to fall season or Thanksgiving. Examples of items you can include are:
- Yellow leaf
- Orange leaf
- Red leaf
- Pine cone