Thanksgiving Word Search

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Wondering what to do to keep the kids entertained while waiting for dinner on Thanksgiving? How about a Thanksgiving Word Search game in addition to other Thanksgiving-themed games? This free 3-page printable is the perfect activity for many different situations.

top image - colorful leaves hanging from twine, bottom image - 3 pages of Thanksgiving word search with title text reading Thanksgiving Word Search

The months of October, November and December are such exciting months with all the holidays and festivities. It’s often difficult for children to contain their excitement. Adults need children to focus and be entertained many times during these months.

I find that while I’m extremely busy on Thanksgiving, often the children get restless waiting for dinner and then again for dessert. The adults are all either working, visiting, watching football or the parade. I have always planned activities for my children so that they are entertained and not causing trouble on Thanksgiving and the busy week prior.

This Thanksgiving word search, in addition to the Thanksgiving scavenger hunt and other activity ideas shared below, is an ideal way to keep children focused.

Most children enjoy the challenge of hunting and the thrill of finding words in a word search game in similarly to the excitement of a scavenger hunt.

Word search games also have many educational benefits:

  • Recognizing words
  • Building vocabulary
  • Recognizing patterns
  • Developing spelling
  • Learning to differentiate between similar words or letter patterns
  • Developing problem solving and reasoning strategies
  • Experiencing feelings of success in finding words and in completing the word search
  • Having fun doing it, too!

Thanksgiving Word Search

3 autumn colored Thanksgiving word search pages

Words to Find

  • Blessing
  • Family
  • Gather
  • Pilgrims
  • Gratitude
  • Prayer
  • Freedom
  • Friends
  • Thankful
  • Sharing
  • Feast
  • Praise
  • Fall
  • Apple
  • Autumn
  • Harvest
  • Squash
  • Leaves
  • Turkey
  • Cranberry
  • Thanks
  • Tradition
  • Stuffing
  • Yams
  • Bounty
  • Parade
  • Table
  • Cook
  • Pumpkin
  • Pie
  • Maize
  • Gobble
  • Gravy
  • Corn

How to Print the Word Search Printable

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  • Save the pdf to your computer or print directly with the “print” option.
  • Print the word search sheets on your home printer.
  • Or you can choose to print the template at your local office store or printer.
  • You can print the game boards on regular computer paper or, as I prefer, print them on heavier card stock paper. Using heavier paper allows the game boards to hold up better to enthusiastic and energetic word hunters.

Expert Tips for Printables

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How do I print the pdf file?

The pdf usually opens right up when you click on the link in the VIP Resources Library. When that happens, simply right click on the pdf and either print or save the document to your device.

If the pdf does not pop up for you, you’ll most likely find it in your computer’s Downloads folder. You can also select “Downloads” in your browser menu to see a list of your downloads, then select “Show in folder” below the file name to see where it is located on your computer.

I’m worried about wasting printer ink – what can I do?

Most printers offer you the option to print in greyscale which is in black and white.

You can also look for the option to print in draft or economy mode. This usually means that the sheet is printed out with less ink. It still looks great and is a good way to print in color but use less ink.

How can I use the printable (what restrictions are there on use)?

You can print these pdf files as many times as you’d like for your personal or classroom use. Please do not share the file with family, friends or coworkers. Please do share the link to this post so they can access their own copy of the printable. All printables are copyrighted.

More Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

More Word Search and Learning Resources

Don’t forget to pin for later so that you can always find this Thanksgiving word search resource year after year.

For my favorite Thanksgiving crafts, tips, printables and recipes, check out the table below. You can scroll though the table and look for ideas or search for specific ideas with the magnifying glass in the upper right-hand corner (on desktop). Click on the topic and then click through the specific article.

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