Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and of course, FOOD! But what about the kids? What are they going to do while everyone else is prepping dinner and catching up on conversation? Why not get them some fun Thanksgiving gifts for kids that will keep them entertained all day long? In this blog post, we will discuss some perfect gift ideas for your young children this Thanksgiving. From puzzles to games to books, we have you covered!
The Best Thanksgiving Gifts for Kids￼
Puzzles are always a great option for kids. They can be challenging and stimulating, while also being a lot of fun. This is a fun way to get multiple family members involved in an activity together. We like to do thanksgiving puzzles on thanksgiving day before we eat dinner while the turkey is still in the oven. This is a great activity for kids 8 years and older, little ones tend to lose a puzzle piece… Traditional fall-themed puzzles are fun, but you could also choose one your kids are more interested in- like a tv show favorite or some imagery that is fun for them.
Here are our free printable Thanksgiving mad libs you can print out and do at home. These mad libs also make thanksgiving gift ideas. I remember doing these as a kid and having way too much fun giggling about the final results. Kids are so creative and they come up with the funniest things. Have them play this with their cousins and aunts and uncles that come over.
Let Them Help
Another great way to get your kids to participate in the holiday season is to have them help you with dinner preparation tasks. These kids aprons make adorable and unique gifts that get them excited to be in the kitchen. Give them their own mixing spoons and let them help you measure ingredients, stir the pot, or set the Thanksgiving table. This is a great way to teach them some life skills in the kitchen.
My kids love helping with tasks that relate to their favorite part of the meal! My girls love helping with the pies and my son was eager to help with mashed potatoes. No matter what their skill level, there is a task that your child can help with. Unique Thanksgiving gifts for kids could involve putting them in charge of choosing and making a thanksgiving treat. We made this collection of kid-friendly Thanksgiving treat recipes your kids can help with! There is one to make a little turkey, and one to make a cornucopia.
If you have younger kids something that they will love is being read a thanksgiving book! I think it’s important to teach our kids about the history of the united states and how the pilgrims and native Americans worked together to help each other. I love the little lessons that books can teach. There are so many great thanksgiving books for kids! One of our favorites is The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh. This one has great pictures and tells the story in a memorable way.
Set the Kids’ Table
Last Thanksgiving dinner I gave my kids an art set and put them in charge of making decorations for the tables. It was so much fun to see their creativity shine through! We set up a disposable plastic tablecloth and let them go to town. They had construction paper, glitter, and stickers so they could make a unique tag for each family member coming over to find their spot at the dinner table. The best thing about using a tablecloth is that it made cleanup a breeze because we didn’t have to worry about cleaning up big messes on a busy day. Here are some of our ideas and how they came out!
Hit up the Dollar Store
If you are looking for even more great gift ideas, dollar tree has some fun plush animals and other decorations. My girls like decorating their rooms to match whatever decorations I put up around the house. I let them choose a few items for their rooms! They picked mini pumpkins, and fake fall leaves. It’s fun getting them excited about the holidays. You could also pick up items from our other post that is all about fun Thanksgiving activities your kids are sure to love.
Do you have any other great Thanksgiving gifts for kids ideas? Share them with us in the comments below! And Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!