15 Ways to Make Thanksgiving Fun for Kids

Posted on Oct 19 2014 - 9:42pm by Susan Bewley

I think we can all agree, Thanksgiving is a time for family. Nothing is better than sitting down with our own little family or even our extended family as we enjoy a wonderful dinner with one another. While this may be a wonderful time for adults, sometimes it can be boring for the children who want nothing more than to go and play outside or on their video game systems. While this can be quite frustrating for adults, this can usually be avoided if kids have something to distract them as dinner is being prepped, or as adults are sitting at the table, enjoying catching up after not seeing one another for months.

Knowing that many of you are busy like us, we decided to put together a list of some of our favorite Thanksgiving-themed toys for kids of all ages. Not only are the toys on this list adorable, many are inexpensive too, making them perfect for just about any budget. Make sure to tell us which is your favorite toy in the comments below!

American Indian Doll Sihu 15″

Indian Doll

Sihu doll includes American Indian dress, boots, feather hair band, hair ties, and American Indian necklace. Sihu also has a baby that rests in a papoose.

Fisher Price Harvest Hayride Fall Playset

Little People Hayride

Join farmer Sonya Lee and scarecrow EddieTM on a harvest hayride full of fun. Hitch the wagon to the free-wheeling tractor to see the pumpkin spin round ‘n round and a peek-a-boo friend pop up and down as it rolls along! Seven-piece play set includes tractor, wagon, two figures, and a bountiful fall harvest; apples, hay and corn!

The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings


The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings Ride along with the Bear family on Thanksgiving Day as Brother and Sister learn about all the things they—and YOU—can be thankful for … including faith, family, and the huge feast waiting for them at the end of their journey to Gramp’s and Gran’s. Includes a sheet of colorful stickers featuring the whole Bear family.

Adorable Kinders 18 Piece Thanksgiving Paper Dolls Set

Paper Dolls

This 18 piece thanksgiving set includes 8 Adorable Kinders Paper Dolls (4 boys and 4 girls), 2 pilgrim boy outfits, 2 pilgrim girl outfits, 2 indian boy outfits, 2 indian girl outfits, 1 restickable glue stick and 1 blunt tip scissors. The paper dolls are made of a durable UV coated card stock and come with a foot stand. They are perforated for easy removal and assembly. The accessories outfits require scissors cutting and may be attached to the dolls using the restickable glue for reuse as in dress-up play, or using permanent glue for single use such as scrap booking, greeting cards, and other arts and crafts projects. The paper dolls and their outfits are made in USA.

Carson-Dellosa Publishing Fun at the Farm, Seek and Play Puzzle

Kids Puzzle

Seek and Play Puzzles are excellent educational tools that encourage logical thinking. Each puzzle contains 24 pieces, a full-color mat, and an eight-page resource guide. Once completed, the learning fun continues with 48 activity cards, cross-curricular questions, and thought-provoking writing prompts.

Little People Thanksgiving Celebration

Little People Thanksgiving

Celebrate the story of the very first Thanksgiving with this new Little People® holiday play set! A pair of playful pilgrims and two trusty Indian friends gather ’round the table to give thanks together for a fantastic fall feast! Thirteen-piece set includes four Little People figures, table and two benches, turkey platter, horse and detachable cart, pumpkin, and two connectable harvest fence pieces. (Manufacturer recommended age: 12 months and up)

Thanksgiving Coloring Book

Color book

Thanksgiving includes the story behind how the Pilgrims met the Native Americans and taught each other the different ways of living. Also included games, puzzles and mazes An approved Teaching and Learning Tool. Notebook style book with a colorful plastic spiral binding. At least 24 pages in every Power Panel Coloring Book, hours of coloring fun with games, puzzles, mazes and connect the dots, word search and a heavy chip board backing. This is a perfect ‘Travel Size’ coloring book on a plane, train or in an automobile. These fun books are 8.5 x 11 with a high quality full color card stock cover. Each inside page is a high bright white paper that children can use crayons, colored pencils, magic markers and even water colors on!

Got Turkey? Infant & Toddler Cotton T-Shirt

Got Turkey

5.5 oz. 100% cotton jersey (Ash is 99% cotton, 1% polyester; Heather is 90% cotton, 10% polyester). Ribbed crew neck. Taped shoulder-to-shoulder. Double-needle hem sleeves and bottom. White is sewn with 100% cotton thread. Printed on Front of T-Shirt. Very vibrant print. Won’t peel or crack in washer/dryer.

Webkinz Thanksgiving Turkey Plush Animal

Turkey Plush

This forest-dweller has a soft spoken and gentle nature. It loves to spend time outdoors gardening and tending to its crops! When the talented Turkey is not occupied by its green thumb, it likes to enjoy the autumn breeze while relaxing on the Harvest-Time Hammock! Special Item: Harvest-Time Hammock; Special Food: Forage Porridge. Webkinz pets are lovable plush pets that each come with a unique Secret Code. With it, you enter Webkinz World where you care for your virtual pet, answer trivia, earn KinzCash, and play the best kids games on the net! Collect them all!

Foam Handprint Turkey Craft Kit Thanksgiving Kids Activity

Thanksgiving Hand

Trace each child’s hand on the foam and cut out the shape to create the turkey. Other pieces pre cut. Foam Piece measures 6″.

Thanksgiving Jokes

Thanksgiving Jokes

“Thanksgiving Jokes” is a feast and a “corny-copia” full of funny short jokes for kids. Each joke is about some silly aspect regarding Thanksgiving, from turkeys to pilgrims to pumpkin pie. Kids will gobble up these humorous and short jokes while they look at the funny illustrations throughout the book. Every joke features two illustrations; one for the question and one for the punchline, so each joke can be enjoyed even more. Find out what a pilgrams favorite music is, what a space turkey says, why turkeys go ‘Gobble, gobble’, and many more silly riddles.

Rubber Duckie Ducky Thanksgiving Ducks

Thanksgiving Ducks

Each ducky measures approx. 2″ x 2″ x 2-1/2″H. They do not squeak but do have a hole in their beak for squirting water. These make great little decor pieces for your kids’ table or dessert tray at Thanksgiving time. Great to use as party favors for your dinner guests. They do not float upright. (Manufacturer recommended age: 3 years and up)

Gund Priscilla & Plymouth Pilgrim Set of 2


Girl and Boy Pilgrim Beanbag Set, polyester Blend, Plastic Beads, 6in H x 3in W x 3in L, Ages 1+

LEGO Seasonal Set ~ Thanksgiving Feast


Lego Thanks

Thanksgiving Coloring Placemats (24) Party Supplies



Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

7 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Lorna Patrick October 20, 2014 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    I love this post! Thank you so much I will be doing some of these activities with my Grand Children 🙂

  2. Alayne Langford October 20, 2014 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    Thank you for listing your Thanksgiving toys list!! We have a couple of birthdays that fall around this time of year. Except one is an adult, he may like the Ganz plush animal!! 🙂

  3. Stephanie Easterling October 23, 2014 at 4:34 am - Reply

    I love the idea of the kids coloring placemats for everyone that is going to be at Thanksgiving. I also like the toys for the little one.

  4. Caitlyn October 24, 2014 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    the legos and coloring are my faves! I remember being so bored while my mom would cook!

  5. Lisa C October 25, 2014 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    I loved all these ideas. I am def. going to trying them form my grandchildren.

  6. Laura Wilson October 26, 2014 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    I will have to look for the Bernstein Bears Thanksgiving Blessings book. My daughter loves the Bernstein Bears.

  7. Linda Manns Linneman November 7, 2014 at 9:41 am - Reply

    I love some of these ideas. I have been thinking about what to do with my grandkids since they live with me. Thank you for sharing

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