Thanksgiving Word Puzzles

14 Free Thanksgiving Word Puzzles for Kids

I always think that getting ready for Thanksgiving will be the calm before the storm of the holiday season. Then somehow the month of November whizzes past me and I wonder what the heck happened to my supposedly calm month? This year should be even crazier with everything I have on my plate, but I honestly wouldn’t change a thing. I don’t need Thanksgiving to be grateful for all the wonderful things in my life!

These word worksheets are a great addition to a busy family gathering, especially if you need a smart activity for the kids to do while they are waiting for the big meal. You’ve already got a “kids’ table” anyway, right? Might as well throw some crayons and printables out to keep the kids busy while the adults are cooking, visiting, or watching football. Some are challenging enough to stump the parents, too!

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 Word Puzzles

Below are two word scrambles and a cryptogram. Of course, these sheets can also double as coloring pages. I love the idea of hanging them up around the dining room throughout the day so the kids have a hand in helping with the festivities. Answers to the word scramble and cryptogram are the same words in the same order: Pilgrims, Mayflower, Turkey, Indians, November, Harvest, Corn, Plymouth, Feast and Gratitude.

New this year are an additional double word scramble and cryptogram using just T words associated with November and Thanksgiving. The answers to these two word puzzles are also the same words in the same order: Turkey, Thanksgiving, Thankful, Thursday, Tradition, Treat, Table, Tummy, Together, Topaz, Thyme, and Trivet. There’s also a fun Scrabble-style word game printable to challenge your Thanksgiving dinner guests to see how many words they can come up with using the letters in the word “Thanksgiving”!

Also check out: Thanksgiving Ad Libs, Thanksgiving Activity Sheets

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Thanksgiving Word Searches

You might also like our printable Thanksgiving mazes!

Thanksgiving Word Ladders

Also new for this year are 6 word ladder puzzles!

Of course, you probably don’t want to forget the traditional “what I’m thankful for” activity where everyone shares something they’re grateful for in honor of Thanksgiving. It can be pretty entertaining to hear the things that some of the smaller family members come up with. The adults tend to see the bigger picture and say things like, “I’m thankful for my family’s health” or “I’m thankful to be employed.” Kids, on the other hand, are more likely to be thankful for things like the existence of candy or their toys or…whatever they happen to see out the window the moment their turn comes around!

Check out all of the Thanksgiving activities from Woo! Jr. Network sites! Whether you’re looking for crafts, writing prompts, Thanksgiving templates, or just about any other kids activity for Thanksgiving, there’s a decent chance you’ll find something that fits the bill here on our site!

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Founder and CEO of Woo! Jr. Kids Activities, Wendy loves creating crafts, activities and printables that help teachers educate and give parents creative ways to spend time with their children.

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    1. Post author
      Wendy Piersall

      Hi Carey – this information is up there in the introduction to the page. Answers to the word scramble and cryptogram are the same words in the same order: Pilgrims, Mayflower, Turkey, Indians, November, Harvest, Corn, Plymouth, Feast and Gratitude.

  1. Corissa Freeman

    Here are the answers to the cryptogram.

    1.) Pilgrims
    2.) Mayflower
    3.) Turkey
    4.) Indians
    5.) November
    6.) Harvest
    7.) Corn
    8.) Plymouth
    9.) Feast
    10.) Gratitude

  2. Susan Matovich

    The answer key for the cryptogram is the answers to the Double Word Scramble. pilgrim, mayflower,turkey,indians, November, harvest, corn, Plymouth,feast, and gratitude. This took 3 adults to figure out! lol

  3. Lisa Peterka

    we can’t seem to figure out the last and the third to the last scramble on the first sheet. Also looking for answer key.

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