Thanksgiving for Kids


Some time ago, if you’d asked, I would’ve told you that
Thanksgiving isn’t one of my favorite holidays. Growing up, it just
seemed too focused on food and football. That’s why I’m thankful
for friends and family who’ve helped me find activities for
Thanksgiving that make it so much more for my kids. 

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My mother-in-law (who is a former teacher) taught my kids about
the “5 Kernels.” This is a great
activity we’ve used to teach our children about the true meaning of
Thanksgiving and the original Thanksgiving. You can find it here at 

Another wonderful idea from my creative mother-in-law is
yummy Thanksgiving Turkey
. Every year, one of my children makes a turkey for each
person’s place setting at our meal. This is a fun tradition for us!
You can find it here at 

This year, we’ll be sure to pull out our vinyl Thanksgiving
tablecloth and permanent markers. We started this many years ago so
it’s a record of every year’s blessings and our thankfulness. Each
family member will draw a picture or write on it what they’re
thankful for this year.

And, finally, I’m looking forward to using this idea from my
creative friend RoseAnne Sather. It’s a Tree of Thanks that’ll
make a meaningful centerpiece–and a new family tradition. You can
find it here at 

Kids love our Sunday School resources!

I hope you enjoy these Thanksgiving activities to make
Thanksgiving for kids meaningful in your home. 

Happy Thanksgiving!


About Author

Christine Yount Jones

Christine has more than 26 years of children’s ministry experience. She is the Executive Editor of Children’s Ministry Magazine, has authored many books and articles on children’s ministry, and serves as co-director of the KidMin Conference. She’s responsible for development and innovation of new resources. Follow Christine on Twitter @ChristineYJones

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