Our family is excited for Thanksgiving holiday and time off from school! We have plans with good friends and some National Parks are involved. For Thanksgiving Day we will not be visiting any parks, but instead will be eating, playing with the kids, and doing some fun Thanksgiving crafts with the kids (5 kids ages 3-5). The kids have us outnumbered, so my goal is to keep them busy and create some great memories at the same time!

I created a scavenger hunt for the kids to do on Thanksgiving. This is a FREE PRINTABLE for anyone who wants to use it! Simply click on the image, save it, and then print as many copies as you need. The kids simply cross off each item as they find it. Then each child gets a small prize or favor after they complete their sheet.

After the kids complete the scavenger hunt we will decorate place mats for our dinner.  This gives me some time to cook while they color. After they color the placemats, I plan to laminate them using self-laminating sheets (since I won’t have my laminator with me). Clear contact paper will also work to complete the job! I found this free printable for Thanksgiving placemats on the Crayola website: http://www.crayola.com/free-coloring-pages/print/give-thanks-placemat-coloring-page/

After the placemats are ready for our dinner I can send the kids back outside to hunt for leaves. Their next project will involve making a turkey that has feathers made of leaves.  There are a variety of websites that have examples of how to make a leaf turkey, but my favorite was this version because of its simplicity: https://discovergold.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/leaf-turkeys.jpg

I also found lots of wonderful Thanksgiving and fall themed coloring sheets on the Crayola website. Their downloads are all free too! I printed off a variety of sheets, so the kids can color until their hearts content! http://www.crayola.com/free-coloring-pages/holidays/thanksgiving-usa-coloring-pages/

One of their coloring sheets that was super cute and looks like fun for our group of kids is a build your own turkey printable that you color, cut out, and glue together.

Be sure to check out the Crayola website for more free printables (I shared the link above). I am not affiliated with Crayola in any way, other than I buy their projects and I love all the free printables on their website! I wanted to share the great find and freebies with my readers. Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!