All the ideas for turkey activities for kids to do during the Thanksgiving season. STEM, art, writing, math, and books to read all included – plus free printables!
Ok friends – I’m bringing out the elementary school teacher side of me. I’ve left it under wraps for a little while because I didn’t want to try to replicate a classroom in my home, and didn’t want to get ahead of myself while homeschooling my kids (in the middle of a pandemic too). BUT you know what I’ve found out? My kids really LIKE those “cutesy teacher crafts”. And I like doing them too – IF they can be kept simple.
Simple for me = inexpensive, not too messy, and making sure my kids can do the activities without a ton of parent intervention.
My kids are 2, 5, and 7, so their abilities vary greatly because of their ages. But I figured I’d share what we do when I’m able to, because there’s a good chance you might be doing activities with kids that are all different ages too.
So whether you’re homeschooling, looking for a little weekend afternoon craft, or searching for some things to do with your grandkids on Thanksgiving day, I hope that you can find some value in this post and get some good ideas!
Turkey facts for kids:
My kids are allll about animal facts (especially my son) so he loves searching this stuff out with me! Here’s the resources we found that both my 5 and 7 year old got value from.
This was a good informative video to show the kids. I had them write turkey facts after this video (free printable writing prompt paper below):
I liked these turkey lifecycle activities as something different. You can check them out at 123Homeschool4Me
STEM activities about turkeys:
We have this kit I got from Amazon and all of my kids somehow love different aspects of it! My 2 year old likes matching the color buttons to make a picture. My 5 year old likes learning how to use the drill (well let’s be honest, the drill is popular with all 3 kids!). And my 7 year old loves using his imagination to build different 3D shapes. He built this turkey from the kit and I thought it was adorable!
Purchase the kit on Amazon here:
I also loved this LEGO turkey idea from FrugalFun4Boys – I can’t wait to show this to my kids! She has some cute plans on her website to build it if they like following instructions.
This simple idea of a turkey activity from PreschoolSTEAM is adorable too:
Free turkey worksheets:
After watching that video I linked in the first section, I had my 7 year old write down 3 facts about turkeys and draw a picture. We couldn’t find a great worksheet for this online, so I made my own.
I also couldn’t find a great free turkey color by number worksheet, so my daughter and I made this one together! You can print it out by clicking the link below.
My 7 year old literally loves math worksheets … it’s so funny. So we were happy to find some cute free “color by addition” and “color by subtraction” turkey worksheets for him to do!
I liked this simple skip counting turkey activity too!
Turkey activities for toddlers:
We did this simple “feed the turkey” activity after we got the idea from Busy Toddler. We adapted it slightly using what we had on hand and it was a good fine motor activity!
This is also a super simple and cute idea from Busy Toddler – too bad I don’t have any feathers on hand! We might try to do this activity with ripped up tissue paper instead.
And one more Busy Toddler idea! My 2 year old loved this activity and I will always sing for my love of these little circle dot stickers. The possibilities are endless and it’s such good fine motor practice for those little hands!
Purchase these dot stickers here:
Turkey Crafts for Kids:
My kids have been loving discovering the simple activity of thumbprint art and I think it’s the cutest thing ever! We bought these little fingerprint pads and will be using them often!
I love how simple it is and how easy it is for little fingers to make their own turkeys:
These are the ink stamp pads we purchased:
And finally – I made the kids lunch a little more fun with these turkey sandwiches … they’re just PB&J but they thought it was so fun! We used dried cherries for the eyes – but raisins would work well too!
I hope you liked these ideas! Let me know if you any of them – please tag me on Instagram!!