Celebrate the fall season in your classroom with Thanksgiving-themed activities and worksheets! 


To take at least a little off your crazy plate this holiday season, we’ve gathered free fall-themed printables and crafts.


Find coloring sheets, word searches, worksheets, and hands-on activities that keep kids engaged in STEM and Language Arts.


For online activities perfect for the virtual classroom, check out our other blog. Or if your students need a break from online learning, check out this blog for Thanksgiving class party ideas.


STEM activities


1) Pumpkin Volcano

This simple science activity is quick, accessible, and affordable but will enchant your class with its baking soda and vinegar eruption!


You’ll Need:

  • 1 small pumpkin
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Dish soap
  • Water

How To Make It:

  • Hollow out your pumpkin. You can keep the gooey stuff to make sensory bags for your kids to play with.
  • Put your pumpkin in a wide, shallow bowl.
  • Add the following to your pumpkin: warm water mixed with food coloring filled to be about ¾ full; 4-5 drops of dish soap; a few tablespoons of baking soda.
  • When you’re ready for an eruption, add ¼ cup of vinegar.

2) Flying Turkeys

Explore aerodynamics as you and your class fold paper airplanes with turkey tails!


You’ll Need:

  • Colored construction paper

How To Make It:

  • Cut your paper hamburger-style. Fold one half accordion-style across the width for the tail feathers.
  • Fold the other half into an airplane. Try folding different types of airplanes! Here’s a database of designs with easy to follow instructions.
  • Cut about 1 inch off of the accordion held perpendicular to the folds. Then fit the accordion into the back of the airplane. Tape the back of the airplane closed around the accordion tail-feathers. Then tape the edges of the accordion tail feathers to the wings of the airplane.
  • Cut a small slit about a paperclip’s length from the nose of the airplane (turkey beak). This is where the paperclip will slide in. Bend the outer end of a paperclip out about 30 degrees and slide the inside end through the slit you just made.
  • Hook a rubber band onto the paperclip, pull back your turkey, and let it fly!

3) Thanksgiving Math Worksheets

Explore a cornucopia of free math worksheets on this website that covers topics from cartesian graph art to ratios.


language arts activities

1) Thankful Turkey Worksheet

Upgrade the classic writing activity of brainstorming what you’re thankful for with this free Teachers Pay Teachers cut-out turkey.


Each student gets one turkey and a page of feathers where they write down one thing they’re thankful for on each feather. Color in the turkey and feathers, cut them out, and glue the feathers onto the turkey for a cute class decoration!


2) Pictionary Worksheet

This free pictionary helps students learn new vocabulary by matching keywords with images. 


It’s a fun, contextual activity for both young children and ESL students who are learning new terms associated with an American holiday. 


3) Thanksgiving Idioms & Context Clues Worksheets

Super easy and fun with minimal prep needed! 


These two, free Thanksgiving bump games help students practice using context clues to define tricky words and determine the meanings of idioms. 


This is another great activity that benefits ESL students! 


other free printables

1) Word Searches

Word searches are always great for those fast finishers in your class.


Keep them occupied with Thanksgiving word searches like this circular turkey! Or if it’s a little too hard, try this square turkey that kids can color in too.


2) Colorables

For more fall pictures to color in, give your children options from a cornucopia, autumn wreath, or a good ol’ turkeys



3) Thanksgiving-themed Writing Paper

Use this Thanksgiving-themed and lined paper for any of your writing activities to give it a holiday spin. 


From free coloring sheets and word searches to worksheets and hands-on activities that keep kids engaged in STEM and Language Arts, we hope you’ve found something that your students will love!


If you’re looking for online activities perfect for the virtual classroom, check out our other blog. Or check out this blog for Thanksgiving class party ideas.


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