5 Simple Thanksgiving Activities for Families


Do you want to make this Thanksgiving more focused on being thankful?  Here are 5 simple, yet beautiful Thanksgiving activity ideas to promote thankfulness in your family this year.

5 Simple Thanksgiving Activies, and 5 Thanksgiving verses

Thankful Tree for Thanksgiving

Make a thankful tree!

Let the whole family, or group of Sunday school kids participate in showing their thankfulness with a an encouraging decoration.

I Thessalonians 5:18 — Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.



Make a Thankful Wreath!

I love this great idea to Encourage Sibling Thankfulness

with this Thankfulness wreath activity

from Minivan Ministries

Psalm 107: 1  “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!”


Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

Make a Thankful Turkey!

This very cute turkey centerpiece, from healthnutfoodie.com has a tail made of feathers expressing your families thankfulness.

Eph. 5:20 “Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,”

Write your thanks on a pumpkin!

Everyone can participate in this fun reminder of the many things we have to be thankful for with this great idea from


You could even take small pumpkins, and write a verse about giving thanks on each one to decorate your Thanksgiving table.

James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

Simple Thanksgiving Centerpiece with Fresh Fruit!

Make a beautiful, simple fruit and nut centerpiece, like this one from Momspark.net, and you can add little paper notes with things you are thankful for.

Phillipians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Does your family have a special tradition for remembering to give thanks at Thanksgiving?  I would love to hear about it! I hope that your family will enjoy these Thanksgiving activities.  Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

With Joy,


(all verses are from the ESV)

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5 thoughts on “5 Simple Thanksgiving Activities for Families”

  1. Thank you Kathleen!

    We have some families from the church – who don’t have family in the area – spending Thanksgiving with us. We’re going to be doing some crafts together, so perhaps we’ll come back to these.

  2. These are really good suggestions, Kathleen. Thanksgiving is all about appreciating all of the life’s positive turns. All of us have something to be thankful for this year, and we can do it in different ways. One is by making a thankful tree or wreath, or we can be more creative and do this Thankful Turkey, which is really cool. The pumpkin is a great idea too!

    Aside from promoting thankfulness, Thanksgiving is also a great opportunity to give back and to bond with all family members. You can give away goodie bags to nursing homes, play football bingo, take a walk with your family, relive memories, call a distant relative, watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and so on. I’ve created something similar, and it’s a list of 35+ fun and safe Thanksgiving activities for our senior loved ones. You can get more ideas here: http://www.altcp.org/weekly-digest-35-ways-thanksgiving/.

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