Thanksgiving writing activities for kids

From silly stories to sensory descriptions, these fun Thanksgiving writing activities will occupy restless children during Thanksgiving week.

Looking for a few last-minute Thanksgiving writing activities to occupy your antsy children? Try some of these!


Make a list of things you’re thankful for.

Thank-you Note

Think of a special person in your life. Write a thank-you letter and tell him or her why you value your relationship.

Silly Story

Pretend you are a turkey who does not want to end up on someone’s Thanksgiving table. Write a plan for how to escape.

Sensory Description

At first glance, a leaf is just a leaf. But when you study it closely, you can discover many small details that make it one-of-a-kind. Choose a colorful autumn leaf and brainstorm a list of phrases or sentences describing its unique features—including colors, shape, size, texture, veins, blemishes, or spots. Older students can then write a paragraph describing their leaf.

Explain a Process

Write a paragraph explaining a simple process, such as how to make mashed potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce, or pumpkin pie. If possible, have someone take pictures of you during each step of preparing the food so you can decorate the pages with photos.

Build a Story

Write a story using as many of these words as possible: turkey, feast, chimney, pajamas, taxi, elevator, feathers, pencil, pennies, city, alarm clock

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1 Comment

  • Posted December 16, 2008

    Deb W

    I love the strategy of using what is going on in life to tie into stimulating ideas for writing prompts. I think I’ll even use these ideas in December but modify for Christmas. Thank you!

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