Thanksgiving is a special time of year when you join together with friends and family, and share in a meal that serves as a reminder to be thankful, not only for those joining you at the table but also the bountiful feast bestowed upon the Thanksgiving Day table. Most are happy to spend a few days with their family and loved ones; people travel great distances to reunite with long lost nieces, nephews, and cousins but there are also those who don’t necessarily enjoy the extreme togetherness of this holiday.

With families, comes kids and when kids don't have anything to occupy themselves with they tend to get a bit restless. To save your Thanksgiving, we have put together a foolproof guide to surviving Thanksgiving with kids, and it all begins with easy and free computer print out! So fire up those printers, grab the crayons and prepare to your enjoy your turkey day without cranky kid tears!

The first easy kid-friendly activity we propose is puzzles. They come in a variety of styles, and can be a bit more time consuming than other activities. Even better, for kids of varying ages, puzzles vary in difficulty, beginning with a simple complete the Picture puzzle for younger Thanksgiving guests, and ending with mazes, word searches and odd one out puzzles for older guests, still all Thanksgiving themed. Puzzles are a great Thanksgiving Day activity because you can give each child a pencil which can be erased or clean off of nearly any surface, no mess, no fuss, more fun on turkey day! Check out these links below for free printable Thanksgiving puzzles!

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Another easy table activity is coloring pages. While waiting for dinner to be served, place an array of free printable coloring pages on the kid’s table, have about 3-4 options and multiple copies of each, we don’t want kids fighting over pictures! Along with the coloring pages, spread out cups of crayons along the table, have a cup per child with an even amount of crayons in each. These should be spaced at an easy enough distance for each child to reach. Coloring pages and crayons are simple, and as mess free as it gets when it comes to kids. Check out the links below for free, printable Thanksgiving coloring pages!

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In addition to coloring and puzzles, there are a ton of easy kid-friendly activities for your Thanksgiving guests. However, most of these other activities require a bit more suppression and a tad bit more preparation than a simple click and print. Kids and maybe some of the less mature adults can enjoy the day crafting hand and foot cut out turkeys, kids can also make there own paper plate pilgrims, or they construct their own Indian paper tee-pees. Do note that all three of these easy kid friendly Thanksgiving crafts employ the use of scissors, glue and paint, so if you are not willing to fully supervise your smaller guests artistic process, you may want to stick with the coloring and puzzles! If you willing to hold an easy crafting session, check out the links below!

Paper Plate Harvest Basket

Indian Tee-Pee Paper Craft

Pilgrim Paper Plate Craft

Hand and Foot Turkey Craft