25+ Fun and Festive Thanksgiving Activities For 3 Year Olds

Give young children a great way way to celebrate Thanksgiving with these fun ideas for Thanksgiving activities and Thanksgiving crafts that preschoolers love.

25 Thanksgiving Activities for 3 Year Olds featured on Kids Activities BlogLet’s have fun with Thanksgiving theme activities for preschoolers!

Thanksgiving is such a fun time for kids because the family spends time together.  We often think about Thanksgiving as one day with a Thanksgiving dinner. But it is about so much more than that! It is one of the few times of year that there is blocks of time devoted to spending with family. Kids love to be in the middle of baking, cooking, playing games and telling stories.

Thanksgiving Activities for 3-Year-Olds

If you have a 3-year-old, you know how “in the middle” feels!  They adore to touch, experience and participate no matter what the adventure and this collection of Thanksgiving activities, Thanksgiving crafts and Thanksgiving games for preschoolers is a great way to make memories as a family this holiday season.

Keep your little one busy with these awesome turkey crafts for 3 year olds. The best part is some of these Thanksgiving crafts will allow your little one be part of Thanksgiving dinner or the Thanksgiving dinner decorating.

Edible Preschool Thanksgiving Activities

1. Making Butter

I love this idea to get kids to expend some energy and make a delicious part of Thanksgiving dinner! Making butter is also an old skill that everyone should know!

2. Lollipop Turkeys 

This is a really creative use of left-over Halloween candy for Thanksgiving fun! And if you don’t have gourds to make the turkeys, you can transform the actual lollipops into turkeys!

3. M&M Turkey with Free Printable

This is a really cute coloring activity that uses some of that candy you have left from Halloween. Check out this cute M&M turkey free printable!

4. Share a Thanksgiving Treat

This is an amazing turkey treat that started with the book, The Firefighter’s Thanksgiving, and ended with the family visiting their local fire department.

Coloring Placemats For Toddlers

5. Make Thanksgiving Placecards

 Get the kids involved in making Thanksgiving placecards for Thanksgiving dinner. This is so simple that everyone can get involved.

6. Simple Printable Placemats

These are precious and the perfect size for chubby little fingers to color with big crayons! These simple printable placemats lets everyone say what they are thankful for.

7. Printable Game Placemats 

Thanksgiving dinner can be fun and games with this series of printable game placemats.

Thankful Activities For 3 Year Olds

8. Thankfulness Tree

Transform a window in your home into a tree full of thanks. I love the simplicity of this and how kids can really get involved…even at the age of 3.

9. Gratitude Basket

 This adorable turkey gratitude basket has a mission of thankfulness. It would make a really cute table decoration for dinner too!

10. Thankful Turkey Craft

Kids can color this free printable that creates the turkey using a tin can. They will need some help with assembly, but this thankful turkey craft is so cute and recycles.

11. Greeting Relatives

Holidays can be challenging for your average 3 year old because there may be a lot of activity around the house with people that they are “supposed” to know.  I love this article on how to help you child feel comfortable greeting relatives and being thankful to see family.

Thanksgiving Paper Crafts For Preschoolers

12. Fall Crown 

If you have a little queen or king in your house, then making a fall crown can be lots of fun.

13. Thanksgiving Coloring Pages 

These are some of my favorite Thanksgiving coloring pages of all time. They double as placemats to increase a child’s ability to help be a part of dinner prep.

14. Handprint Turkeys

Two versions of one of the favorite, time-tested, Thanksgiving activity of all time, handprint turkeys!

15. Thanksgiving Headband

Inspired by the Native Americans who made the first Thanksgiving possible these Thanksgiving headbands are respectful and cute.

16. Coffee Filter Turkey

  Using a salad spinner and some paint, this coffee filter turkey craft is sure to be a hit!

17. Paper Plate Pilgrims

This is absolutely the cutest set of pilgrims paper plate crafts…ever!

18. Handprint Turkey Puppets

 This super cute idea transforms a handprint turkey into a puppet in need of a fall stage.

19. Paper Bag Turkey 

Your 3 y/o may need a little help with this, but it is sure to be a family tradition after you make this paper bag turkey craft.

20. Paper Plate Boat 

The pilgrims would be proud to sail in such a fine paper plate boat.

21. Handprint Turkeys with Clothes Pin Legs

All I can say is these handprint turkeys with clothes pin legs are precious and I want to make them right now.

Easy Thanksgiving Crafts & Activities For Toddlers Ages 2-3

22. Play Dough Turkey

This couldn’t be cuter or more “doable”. Grab a few feathers, googly eyes and pipe cleaners and your play dough turkey might actually look like a turkey!

23. Pipe Cleaner Turkey 

A paper plate, a hole punch, and some pipe cleaners are a really fun way to create a pipe cleaner turkey.

24. Plastic Bag Turkey 

This Thanksgiving craft is easier than it looks because it up cycles plastic bags with the help of some pipe cleaners. It sounds simple, but this plastic bag turkey craft is super cute.

25. Thanksgiving-theme Sensory Bin 

The base of this Thanksgiving sensory bin is…corn! Add some other seasonably textured items and you have a fun sensory experience.

26. Leaf Garland Decor

Get everyone involved in gathering fall leaves to decorate for the holiday! Using nature for this leaf garland decor is such a great way to use things around us to create beautiful things. 


We have great things to do to celebrate Thanksgiving with kids of all ages:

What was your favorite preschool Thanksgiving activity or Thanksgiving craft? What does your 3 year old like to do at Thanksgiving?

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