Looking for a Thanksgiving I Spy free printable for your kiddos this year?
As we gear up for the holiday season, we all know that keeping kids entertained can be a bit of a challenge.
They’re super excited about everything coming up, so it’s a great idea to have a little something up your sleeve!
Preferably something that’s fun BUT also a fantastic way to sneak in learning amidst all the turkey and pie excitement.
In this article, we’ll dive into the classic game of I Spy, explore the educational benefits, and of course, I’ll share with you my specially crafted Thanksgiving-themed I Spy printable.
So, whether you’re a parent looking to keep your little ones engaged during Thanksgiving dinner prep, a teacher planning a fun classroom activity, or a homeschooler seeking a creative way to teach your kids about the Thanksgiving holiday, you’ve come to the right place!
**** Don’t stress! I know you’re busy. At the bottom of this post, you will find simple directions to get this fun activity in a PDF file to download today! No email address is needed! 🙂
Check Out Your Free Printable Thanksgiving I Spy Game!
This free printable worksheet is such a great way for kids of all ages to get in a festive mood AND learn about Thanksgiving.
Start by pointing out all the Thanksgiving-themed items at the bottom of the page:
- Pilgrim hat
- Maple Leaf
- Pumpkin Pie
- Dinner Plate
- Native American Headdress
Tell your kiddo to color each of these items a different color. This will make it much easier to count everything up later.
Tell the student to start hunting through the activity and coloring all the items as they find them.
Lastly, have the child record the correct number (or use tally marks) of items they found on the blank lines.
Young children may enjoy using a magnifying glass to feel like they are on a mini scavenger hunt!
Where To Use Your Thanksgiving I Spy Activity
1. Thanksgiving Day
We have all been there.
You are busy cooking a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner.
But your younger children are on the struggle bus trying to stay out of trouble and entertained.
This fun game is such an easy activity to whip out!
Give them some coloring materials and they’ll be all set.
2. Kids’ Table
You have slaved over an amazing dinner, but maybe it’s hard to enjoy it while you worry about what’s going on at the kids’ table.
This is a great activity to pull out for little kids!
Place a stack of them on the table with some crayons to keep their hands and little minds occupied.
It will definitely buy you a little bit of extra time to savor the meal.
3. Thanksgiving Break
Need a great boredom buster during this week off from school?
This printable is a great idea for younger kids who need some screen-free entertainment!
4. Class Parties
Whether it’s a homeschool co-op or a traditional classroom party, this fun Thanksgiving activity is just the thing to mix learning with fun!
While the kids are coloring each of the items, ask them why they are on the list.
What does a pilgrim hat, the Mayflower ship, and Native American headdress have to do with the big dinner we eat every year?
This is a fun way to go over some of the essential symbols of this holiday season with your kids.
****Explain that games were played at the original Thanksgiving. For many families, watching and playing football is now considered a classic game of the holiday season.
I Spy Game Learning Benefits
In case you didn’t know, there are some serious benefits to this type of activity.
First, they promote and enhance children’s observation skills. As kids search for specific items within a cluttered scene, they learn to focus, pay attention to detail, and develop their ability to spot subtle differences.
Second, fine motor skills are used to color all of those tiny items with crayons or colored pencils.
Third, it can be a challenge to correctly count all of those Thanksgiving items jumbled together! Your kid is going to have to put on their thinking cap to come up with an effective strategy to get the job done.
Those are all valuable skills that extend beyond the game into various aspects of their academic and everyday life.
Click the above text link/image link to get your Thanksgiving coloring page free download. A new window will open with your spy game in PDF format for easy printing.
Whether you use this free printable game as a fun boredom buster, time filler, or educational supplement, I hope it blesses your kids this season!
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