Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt for Kids
Updated: Nov 15
Thanksgiving Activity for Kids
Free Printable Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt for Kids
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Thanksgiving is one of America's most beloved holidays. It is celebrated each November with friends, family, and the traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings. We start the day with Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade before heading to grandma and grandpa’s house, car loaded with pies and side dishes.
After the feast people fall asleep on the couch watching football while the kids run wild and are looking for something fun to play. I always encourage my kids to take a toy or book along when visiting people without children so they have something to entertain themselves with. And this year we will also do a Thanksgiving scavenger hunt.
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Although Thanksgiving is observed across the World, it is a significant holiday in the US and involves more than thanking God for a plentiful harvest. The first American Thanksgiving dates back to 1621 when the pilgrims of Plymouth celebrated with the Wampanoag people.
Here is a great video for kids that tells the story: https://youtu.be/VvzMp5WUjls
For those who prefer books, you might like those:
Lets be thankfull:
What is a scavenger hunt?
A scavenger hunt is a game in which players compete to see who can hunt down the most items from a list, either relating to a certain topic or the area in which it takes place.
For example, an outdoor treasure hunt while hiking in the woods, or finding ocean-related items while visiting the aquarium.
All items on the list are free and should not require a special skill set. The winner is the player or team with the most findings in the end.
It is believed that the scavenger hunt was created by Elsa Maxwell, a gossip columnist, as a party game in the 1930s. The hunt for strange or useless objects compares to raccoons or vultures (scavengers) rummaging through garbage cans or picking on plants for food. This is how the game got it's name.
To keep kids busy while waiting for dinner or some fun entertainment throughout the day, I designed two Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt printables. One for smaller kids including in- and outdoor search, and a Selfie Scavenger Hunt for older children who have access to a phone or camera.
Here is what you will need for the thanksgiving scavenger hunt:
scavenger hunt printable
phone or camera for the selfie thanksgiving scavenger hunt
But let's take a look at this super easy step by step tutorial:
Step 1: Get your free printable
Print out your Thanksgiving scavenger hunt. Make sure each participant receives a printout. You can download your free printable here.
Step 2: Happy hunting
Just grab a pen and you are ready to go hunting. Mark off each item you found until you hunt them all down.
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Set a time to make it more interesting
If you are doing the selfie challenge try to take funny pictures or be extra creative. Whoever has the best selfies wins.
Get some cute little prizes to make the kids smile and be occupied even after they are done hunting.
If you are choosing the general scavenger hunt without a phone, the player who found the most items on the list wins.
Make sure to take an adult with you when you go outside!
About the Author
This guest post is written by Wiebke Wiebel from Beary Sweet Home.
Wiebke lives in Nashville, TN with her husband and two kids. She teaches preschool, owns a creative business, and a craft and activities blog for children.
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I hope you enjoy Wiebkes creative Thanksgiving scavenger hunt on Thanksgiving day. We definitily will give it a try. Please let me know how your kids liked it and post a photo of your funniest selfie picture below. I love to hear from you! Stay safe Lil Tigers!
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