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21 Fun And Original Ways To Keep Your Kids Busy On Thanksgiving

There's a lot more to do than just crafts.

1. Let your kids make homemade butter.

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Kids often want to help prepare the Thanksgiving feast, but there isn't much they can safely do. They can, however, make โ€” er, shake โ€” homemade butter.

2. They can also make no-bake pumpkin pie.

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Find the easy, kid-approved recipe here.

3. Tell your kids some Thanksgiving jokes.

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Find this joke and 19 more here.

4. Download Thanksgiving props and have a fun photo shoot.

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Your kids' relatives can play paparazzi with their smartphones. Download the free props here.

5. Play Thanksgiving bingo.

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Download free printable Bingo cards here.

6. Have a turkey balloon rocket race.

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Set up two of these side by side and see which wins when your kids let go of the balloons. Learn more here.

7. Let them color, Thanksgiving style.

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Download Thanksgiving-themed coloring pages here.

8. Turn old (or new) socks into cute little turkeys.

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Find the how-to for this super cute craft here.

9. Make pumpkin spice playdough to play with.

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Learn how to make some here.

10. Print out this seasonally appropriate word search.

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You can award the first slice of pumpkin pie to the kid who finds all the words first. Download it here.

11. Let your kids make a football turkey.

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This craft is especially popular with kids when Thanksgiving football is on the TV. Find the how-to here.

12. Stream Free Birds on Netflix.

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This family-friendly comedy, featuring the voices of Amy Poehler, Owen Wilson, and Woody Harrelson, tells the story of a turkey named Reggie who goes back in time with plans to take turkey off the menu at the first Thanksgiving.

13. You can also stream Addams Family Values on Netflix.

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This comedy (rated PG-13) features a scene where Wednesday participates in a Thanksgiving show as only she could.

14. Ask your kids to perform a Thanksgiving song.

View this video on YouTube

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Ask your kids to perform after dinner and they'll spend the hours leading up to dinner practicing their song! "Ten Little Turkeys" is fun too.

15. Have a scavenger hunt.

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Download the free printable and learn how to print it on a paper bag here.

16. Play Turkey Tag.

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Your kids can also pass the time before playing by decorating the clothespin turkeys. Learn more here.

17. Kids love Minute To Win It games too.

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Why parents also love them: They're easy to set up and won't take much of your time. Find some good ones here.

18. Get your kids giggling with these Thanksgiving-themed mad libs.

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Download the incredibly _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ free printable here.

19. Give them restaurant-style activity place mats.

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Download the free printable here.

20. Play a few games of Thanksgiving turkey bowling.

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The pins can also be made with empty soda bottles. Find the tutorial here.

21. Read one of these Thanksgiving-themed books.

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Find a complete list of these 100 mom-recommended Thanksgiving books here.

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