Creative Thanksgiving Family Fun Ideas


Looking for some fun ideas to do with the family around Thanksgiving? Here are a few of my favorites as well as some great ideas from other Mom bloggers.

Get Active!
Our town hosts a Turkey Trot 1 Mile and 5K race every Thanksgiving morning. While we usually travel out of town to visit family on Thanksgiving so we have never been in town to participate, several of our neighbors run as a family every year. It’s a great way to burn the calories before you pack in the carbs!

cooking with the kids

Bake Up Memories.
We have a family tradition on Thanksgiving Day. After we gorge ourselves and the boys go watch football or take a nap on the couch, the women folk go back in the kitchen and make our favorite Holiday cookies. Each person brings their favorite recipe and we bake, bake, bake. (It keeps us awake and standing so we’re burning the Turkey dinner calories, right?)

When we started this tradition it was fun to see what Grandma’s favorite cookie recipe was when she was a kid. Now that she is gone, we still make those cookies to remember her by. The other benefits of this tradition are that everyone goes home with a plate of assorted cookies. Freeze them and pull them out for your Holiday parties. If that’s not a stress-bustin’ tip, I don’t know what is.

Make it a Tradition!
Here’s a post I wish I had written! Check out the great A to Z Thanksgiving Family Fun Ideas from Cindy Bultema at the SheSparkles Blog. also had some very cute ideas for Thanksgiving family activities. I love the Ornament Exchange idea!

Have your kids make these Thanks and Giving trees. Every night in November, they write down something they are thankful for on a leaf and paste it to the Thanks Tree. They also write something Giving they did on a leaf and paste it to the Giving tree. It’s a cute way to decorate for Thanksgiving and the whole family will love reading what the kids wrote. Download these cute templates from

Craft it up! If you want the kids to help make some fun decorations for the Thanksgiving dinner table or need an activity to keep the nieces and nephews amused on Thanksgiving Day, check out these kids craft ideas.

Turkey Bowling offers some fun ideas for Thanksgiving crafts and decorations. I really like the Turkey Bowling, Turkey Napkin Holders, and Turkey Bingo.

Paper Cup Turkeys had a cute idea for some Paper Cup Turkeys.

What fun activities does your family do on or around Thanksgiving?

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  1. Thanks for the great tips! As always, you have such great holiday ideas! I love Chocolate Cake Moments! I think we’ll try your Bake Up Memories idea. What a great way to get a jumpstart on our Christmas cookies.
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Cindy :)

    P.S. Thanks for the shout out too! :)

    Cindy Bultema

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