Fun Thanksgiving Recipes for Kids

Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks for your family and friends. And what better way to celebrate the holiday than spending extra time with your kids?  If you’re looking for easy Thanksgiving recipes, you’re sure to find lots of great kid-friendly Thanksgiving recipes here. These fun Thanksgiving recipes to make with kids are the perfect way to enjoy time with your family while celebrating the holiday this year. 

Best Thanksgiving recipes for kids

Thanksgiving Recipes Ideas Your Kids Will Gobble

For me, Thanksgiving is all about cooking as a family. And getting the kids involved in the kitchen, no matter what age they are, is one of our favorite traditions on Thanksgiving day. We love to make Thanksgiving crafts each year to decorate the table, go shopping for new recipes and get everything ready as a family.

turkey pumpkin craft

I love that all of these Thanksgiving recipes are easy and kid-friendly. You’re sure to enjoy making any of these fun Thanksgiving recipes with the kids. Cooking is a great way to bond with your kids and teach them the meaning of the holidays. You can even start new traditions that will last a lifetime. And making food that looks fun and tastes great is a sure way to make this year’s holiday a memorable one.

Fun Thanksgiving Recipes For Kids

I’ve included lots of our family’s own favorite Thanksgiving recipes to make with your kids, from pumpkin desserts to healthy Thanksgiving recipes. And even some vegetarian options like a fun turkey veggie platter. With so many fun ideas, you’ll have a hard time choosing which Thanksgiving recipe to make this year! 

Apple Pie Cookies – By FoodLove

Making a whole apple pie might be a little difficult for kids. But these simple apple pie cookies are easy enough, And your kids could make them all by themselves. With the combination of apple, cinnamon, caramel, and pie crust, this kid-friendly Thanksgiving idea smells heavenly and tastes even better!

Thanksgiving recipe for apple pie cookies
Apple pie cookies for Thanksgiving

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes – By Baking Beauty

Make a classic side dish with your kids this Thanksgiving dish with the help of your Instant Pot. This Instant Pot mashed potatoes recipe from Baking Beauty is so simple your kids can easily help make it. Using the instant pot is such a time saver, and they free up your stovetop for other dishes too! This easy Thanksgiving recipe requires only a few ingredients and comes out delightfully creamy every time.

Mashed potatoes, Thanksgiving recipe for kids
Instant pot mashed potatoes

Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies – By Dancing Through The Rain

Get your kids in on the dessert-making fun this Thanksgiving by letting them help make these cute turkey cookies. These no-bake cookies are an easy way for your kids to create a fun dessert all on their own. With only a few simple ingredients, you can decorate your Thanksgiving table with these cute cookies and wow your guests from all ages!

Thanksgiving Dessert for kids
Thanksgiving Dessert Turkeys

Turkey Veggie Tray – By On My Kids Plate

Recipes that don’t require any baking at all are a great choice for making with your kids. This cute turkey-shaped veggie tray is a fun way to get your kids involved in the preparation of the holiday dinner. Plus, This easy vegetable board is perfect for a crowd, especially if you have guests who are vegetarian, vegan, or have food allergies. 

Turkey Vegetable Platter With Hummus tall, easy Thanksgiving recipe
Turkey Vegetable Platter For Thanksgiving With Hummus tall

Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats – By Eating Richly

Making Rice Krispies treats with your kids is a fun way to spend time together in the kitchen. And these cute pumpkin Rice Krispies treats would make a delicious snack or dessert for Thanksgiving dinner. Or simply have them as a treat anytime throughout the day; they are that good!

Thanksgiving recipe ideas for kids
Pumpkin Rice Krispies treats

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples – By The Ashcroft Family Table

This simple four-ingredient dish makes a great side for your Thanksgiving dinner. And the recipe for roasted sweet potatoes and apples is so simple your kids can easily help out while you’re making it. This Thanksgiving recipe idea is so good it will become one of your family’s fall favorites.

roasted sweet potatoes and apples, kids' recipes for Thanksgiving
Roasted sweet potatoes and apples

Pumpkin Pudding – By Good Life Eats

If you’re looking for an easy dessert that your kids can help with, you’ll love this deliciously simple recipe for pumpkin pudding. This pumpkin dessert has all the flavors of pumpkin pie without all the hard work. It only takes blending a few ingredients to make a spectacular autumn treat that is super creamy and full of all your favorite fall spices!

Easy Pumpkin Pudding, kid-friendly Thanksgiving recipe
Easy Pumpkin Pudding

Turkey Pizza – By Growing Up Bilingual

This turkey pizza is as fun to make as it is to eat. The kids are sure to have a blast creating their own turkey pizzas using their favorite pizza toppings. Check out this kid-friendly Thanksgiving recipe and get creative!

turkey pizza food art, kid-friendly Thanksgiving recipes
Turkey pizza food art Thanksgiving

Pumpkin Dump Cake – By Spaceships and Laser Beams

Dump cake is a great choice when you have your kids helping out in the kitchen. All you have to do to make this pumpkin dump cake from Spaceships and Laser Beams is to dump all the ingredients into the pan and bake. This kid-friendly Thanksgiving recipe is a heavenly dessert full of autumn flavor, best served warm and bubbly. Don’t forget to finish it off with some whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe, Thanksgiving recipe ideas
Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe

Cute Owl Snacks – By Growing Up Bilingual

These super cute owl snacks are easy to make and perfect as a small Thanksgiving treat or a fall snack. To make these adorable mini bites, you only need five ingredients, and yes, they come together in just a few minutes! They are a fun Thanksgiving recipe for kids to make while the turkey is in the oven!

Easy owl snack fall activity

Baked Apple Slices – By Little Sunny Kitchen

These delicious apple slices would be a great dessert or side dish for Thanksgiving dinner. It is a great twist to traditional baked apples that everyone loves. Better if you serve them with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or vanilla custard; I promise your tummy will be very happy! And since the recipe is so easy, your kids can have fun helping make them for this year’s Thanksgiving.

Baked apple slices, easy Thanksgiving recipes for kids
Baked apple slices

Pumpkin Pie Twists – By Deliciously Sprinkled

Instead of doing all the hard work of trying to make traditional pumpkin pie with your kids this year, why not make things easier on yourself? These easy pumpkin pie twists have all the flavors of pumpkin pie, but they’re easy for little hands to make. They’re light enough to enjoy and don’t have a heavy feeling in your tummy.  And this easy Thanksgiving recipe is simple enough that literally, anyone can make them.

Pumpkin Pie Twists, fun thanksgiving recipes
Pumpkin Pie Twists

More Creative Thanksgiving Ideas You’ll Love

Cute Thanksgiving Desserts And Treats

This Thanksgiving, dress up your holiday table with a few cute Thanksgiving desserts and treats for kids. These adorable, sweet treats are a great way to celebrate with your family this holiday season. From turkey cupcakes to cute brownie owls, these great Thanksgiving desserts are easy to make, kid-friendly, and fun to create. They are a great way to get kids excited about Thanksgiving and make it extra fun for the little ones.

turkey pie dessert for Thanksgiving

Fun Thanksgiving Crafts For Kids

If you’re looking for fun Thanksgiving activities with kids, check out these super cute Thanksgiving crafts. Whether you’re looking for a way to keep the kids occupied during Thanksgiving dinner or a cute activity for your kids to do before the holiday, you’re going to love all these adorable kids’ crafts.

best thanksgiving craft for kids

Easy Snacks For The Thanksgiving Holiday

Inspired by fall and Thanksgiving, we decided to give our Hot Pockets a festive makeover. How do you ask? Well, we turned these warm pockets of delicious goodness into fun birds! These turkey and owl Hot Pockets are a fun way to make snack time more festive during the holiday season. They are also a great option to entertain all those primos and sobrinos that show up unexpectedly or for feeding the hungry munchkins after a playdate. 

turkey food art sandwich

Latino Thanksgiving Recipes You’ll Gobble Up!

Give your Thanksgiving dinner a touch of Sabor with these delicious Latino Thanksgiving recipes! These Spanish-themed Thanksgiving recipes honor our culture and introduce our kids to new and old traditions. So, here are some of my favorite Latino Thanksgiving recipes that will add a mouthful of Sabor to your menu!

Turkey chipotle cranberry sopes
Turkey chipotle cranberry sopes

This year, try one of these super cute and easy Thanksgiving recipes for kids that will have everyone gushing about them! Preparing for a feast is a great opportunity to get your kids to help out. If they help in the kitchen, it will give them a sense that they are part of this special holiday. And If you are invited to a Thanksgiving dinner, bring one of these kid-friendly Thanksgiving recipes that will surely please any picky eater in the house!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

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