The holiday season is just around the corner, and Thanksgiving is the start to all the fun. What better way to greet the Thanksgiving season than to gather your pilgrims, create some turkey crafts, and take part in a few turkey-themed activities? Keep reading and find the set-up and how-to help you need for activities your students are sure to gobble up this fall.
Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Projects
Gobble Gobble Globes
This project takes a simple baby food jar and construction paper and turns it into a heartwarming decorative piece for Thanksgiving. You’ll also need glue, glitter, tape, scissors, wiggly eyes, and felt. The sparkling globes are sure to be a hit with students PreK-8th grade.
Turkey Door Hanger
Put a Thanksgiving spin on any door knob with a Turkey Door Hanger made from construction paper and a little creativity. Students can make the door hanger their own using wiggly eyes, seed beads, glue, scissors, a black marker, and a pencil.
Colors and a grateful heart come together to make this turkey booklet a success for students of any age. Use construction paper, scissors, glue, a stapler, pencil, and a black marker to make a booklet for recording what each student is thankful for.
Using a tri-fold presentation board, you can create a pilgrim-themed photo booth. Use glue, construction paper, fall leaves, ribbon, tape, scissors, and creativity to create a faceless frame for a memorable Thanksgiving photo opportunity.
Make a personal Thanksgiving craft turkey using paint, construction paper, scissors, tape, and a toilet paper roll. Students make paint hand prints and cut them out for turkey feathers, while the toilet paper roll serves as the turkey’s body. All together, it makes one cute keepsake!
Thanksgiving Themed Games and Activities
Turkey, Pumpkin, Pilgrim Tag
Set the boundaries and a midfield line to prepare for this fun game. Students line up with a partner along the midline and choose either turkey, pumpkin or pilgrim (like rock, paper, scissors). Whichever partner wins is “it” and has to chase the other back to the end line. If they tag their partner before they cross the line, they get a point!
Capture the Turkey
Separate students into 2-3 groups of up to 10 students each. The game is set up like Capture the Flag with each team having a flag, or in this case a turkey, and a jail. Players from other teams attempt to steal the other teams’ turkeys without being tagged along the way.
Two players are “it” and they are called turkeys. The goal is to tag students by touching them or by tossing a rubber chicken (or other tossable item) at them. The rest of the students flee from being tagged. If tagged by a turkey, they must crouch down and flap their wings like a turkey until they are freed by another student tapping them on the shoulder.
Combine bowling and teamwork with this fun and challenging game. Students are put into groups of four and are given 3 spot markers and two bowling pins. The goal is to knock down both of the turkeys (pins), taking turns between the roles of bowler and ball retriever. See how quickly a team can score 50 points!
Partner students and each pair gets one rubber turkey (or other tossable item). Partners toss the turkey back and forth until the music stops. When the music stops, the partner holding the turkey flees and, the other partner is “it.” If the chaser tags their partner, the tagged person becomes “it” and must flap like a turkey before heading off as a tagger themselves!
More After School Program Activities and Games
If you are looking to find more Thanksgiving inspiration and activities to try with your after school group or class, be sure to stop by the Out of School category on our blog. It’s stuffed with a variety of themed games and activities for you to use.