Best Thanksgiving Apps for Kids [Updated for 2020]

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We Reviewed Dozens Of The Best Thanksgiving Apps for Kids So You Don’t Have To. Here Are Our Top Picks.

Thanksgiving conjures up images of huge meals, family get-togethers, and warm memories, as well as turkeys, pumpkins and cornucopias. Americans, Canadians, and some other countries celebrate it as a fall harvest festival.

The kids have time on their hands with their mini-break from school, and many families need ways to occupy children in the car or as they travel to see relatives. Give thanks for these apps, and enjoy!

Games and Activities

Hidden Objects Thanksgiving Fall Harvest Puzzle

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

This hide-and-seek game will occupy your child (or you!) for hours and hours, searching through fall and Thanksgiving-themed scenes for hidden items. It’s colorful and relaxing.  The app is perfect for destressing after a stressful day of cooking or cleaning this holiday season.

Users will enjoy over 30 different fall scenes. There are literally hundreds of items to find, too, including pumpkins, turkeys, scarecrows, and Indian corn. The game has three modes of play, and allows users to search based on picture, word, or collector. You can even personalize the experience by choosing details about timers and hints. This offers a great experience for an array of ability levels and ages. The app is free, and there is an in-app purchase option for more puzzles.

More Holiday Dinner!

iOS App Store

Wouldn’t it be nice to chow down on Thanksgiving without worrying about all those calories? This might be the next best thing. More Holiday Dinner! lets users create a fabulous virtual dinner from start to finish and then share the pretend feast with friends.

App developers have thought of every last detail. Users can pick the entire menu, prepare the foods by touching, shaking and swiping the device, then snap shots of the virtual meal and share them via email or Facebook.  There’s no shortages of dishes to combine in different ways; choose from over thirty foods, five different kinds of stuffing, and of course, lots of gravy. You can even take virtual bites of your food once it’s ready. The app costs $1.99.

Thanksgiving Coloring Book!

iOS App Store

Choose from over 60 colors to make holiday pictures come to life in this coloring book app. Zoom right in with handy controls and get those hard-to-reach tight corners, and use the handy color-in-the-lines feature to make your work look absolutely professional.

The app makes it easy to save your work to a gallery, send to friends and family, or share over social media. There’s even a feature that allows you to color your own photos! Easy and intuitive controls let you choose colors, erase, save, and share with just a tap or a shake. Even the youngest kids will love this package of Thanksgiving fun. It’s free and offers a ninety-nine cent option to remove ads.

Thanksgiving Puzzles – Fall Holiday Games for Kids

iOS App Store

This free sample offers 4 of the 12 available jigsaw puzzles suitable for preschoolers and young elementary students. The rest are available as an in-app purchase for $1.99. The puzzles feature lovely artwork and animations after they are complete.

Young players will enjoy the colorful holiday illustrations and the fun things that happen with the puzzles after they are finished. The puzzles increase in difficulty as players go through the set, so each becomes more challenging than the last.

The controls to the app are perfect for young children to use: intuitive and simple. The app does offer an in-app purchase, so parents may want to supervise youngsters as they play.

Thanksgiving Games for Kids

Google Play Store

Choose from a selection of sixteen classic children’s games with Thanksgiving themes designed to please and challenge preschoolers and young kids. Memory games, jigsaw puzzles, dot-to-dot activities and more will entertain young children in a holiday way.

Each game will help your preschooler develop important skills, such as eye-hand coordination, memory, and spatial skills. The Thanksgiving artwork gives everything a great seasonal touch. There are even some games to nurture creativity and imagination. Your youngsters are sure to enjoy this collection. Parents may wish to supervise young children, however, because this free app does contain ads.

Ebooks

The Turkey Who Forgot How to Gobble

iOS App Store

This adorable story has a seasonal focus on friendship and farm animals that will tickle young children. The young turkey, Joey, is having an awful problem: he has forgotten how to gobble! The farm animals try ever so hard to teach him how to make a turkey sound, with hilarious results. Preschoolers and young students will learn about animal sounds as well as enhancing their vocabulary. The story can be narrated in English or in Spanish, switching at the touch of a button, so parents can use it to introduce a new language if they wish.

This award winning app is correlated with Common Core Standards, and the developers have supplemental materials available on their website. It is also designed to be completely kid-friendly, so parents can let kids play without worry. The app costs $2.99.

Thanksgiving Jokes for Kids

iOS App Store

Tickle your child’s funny bone with this collection of jokes and riddles in an interactive ebook. The simple and clean jokes are perfect for sharing with family and friends. The book features hilarious illustrations, over 40 pages of nonsensical fun, holiday music, and narration by a child’s voice. The pages are interactive, too, which will really help hold youngsters’ attention.

Jokes offer a fabulous vehicle to nurture reading comprehension and social skills, so be sure to include a great resource like this one in your holiday plans. This ebook costs $2.99.

 

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

Thanksgiving traditions are important in most households, and this one cuts across cultures and ages. Let  your child experience the fun and joy of this classic story featuring dialog, sound effects, and music from the classic television special. Adult controls are separated from children’s content, making this a perfect ebook for your child to enjoy independently. The pages feature interactive and playful illustrations, too.

The app offers read-to-me, read-to-myself, and autoplay features, so it is perfect for a wide range of age levels. Now you don’t need to wait for the networks to run the special; you can share it with your children anytime they want. The book costs $4.99.

The Berestain Bears Give Thanks

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

Thanksgiving is a wholesome, family holiday, and what could possibly be more wholesome than the classic Berenstain Bears family.  This ebook tells about the time when Brother and Sister Bear act out the first Thanksgiving.

The ebook offers many tools to help young children have fun and develop literacy skills at the same time. Words are highlighted as they are narrated to promote word recognition. Budding storytellers can record their own narration if they wish. Tap pictures on the interactive pages, and see the printed names. Designed with kids’ safety in mind, this ebook features separate parental controls and simple, intuitive navigation. Count your blessings as you enjoy this wholesome book. It costs $3.99.

Education

Starfall Turkey

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

Starfall, the well-known reading instruction website, has gone seasonal with this fun app to help beginning readers learn. Players can decorate turkeys and solve symmetry puzzles. Beginning readers will learn new words and enjoy some silly jokes.

Making connections to things that are happening in the real world makes reading come to life for beginners, so this app is a great addition to your holiday collection. Kids will happily play, and never even notice that they are learning. The app costs ninety-nine cents.

American Indian Magazine

iOS App Store

Thanksgiving season often means homework for older students related to understanding Native American cultures, since the story of the first Thanksgiving involves Native Americans. This beautiful magazine app from the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian offers factual information to help kids learn about culture and heritage.

The app includes digital versions of the quarterly issues dating back to 2010, and shares both historical and contemporary articles about Native American groups. It’s a great way to take the story of the first Thanksgiving and make it come alive while squelching stereotypical thinking. In addition to articles, the app includes some great photography, both of traditional and contemporary indigenous peoples. It offers a serious look at our country’s history of interaction with the various tribes. The magazine is free.

Card, Photo Booth and Editing Apps

Thanksgiving Day Photo Editor

iOS App Store

Choose pre-designed greeting cards or make your own to send off to loved ones near or far. Add stickers or photo frames, and use the text editor to customize your message. You can use your own photos or choose from a selection in their library.

The app is free. There is an in-app purchase to remove the advertisements for $2.99.

 

Thanksgiving Photo Frames

Google Play Store

Give thanks for friends and family, and share your creations by printing and sending or delivering electronically. This app offers dozens of holiday-themed frames to dress up your cards or pictures. Styles include turkeys, fall decorations, and foods.

The app is free to download and contains advertisements. There are in-app purchase options, as well.

 

Backgrounds, Wallpapers, and Ringtones

Thanksgiving Wallpapers & Thanksgiving Backgrounds

iOS App Store

Now you can decorate your iPhone or iPad’s screen with some great holiday backgrounds at your fingertips. Each is optimized to take advantage of iOS’s Retina Display, so they look fabulous on lock screen or as a background. Developers are constantly adding new designs, and you can download your favorites to your camera roll to use even when you are offline. You can also share your favorites over social media to show off a bit.

You can also enjoy the app’s images, icons, themes, styles, and pictures. It’s the perfect way to dress up your device for the holidays. This app is completely free, so enjoy!

Thanksgiving Wallpaper

Google Play Store

Looking for screen decorations for your Android device? This app might just be the ticket. It features tons of holiday-themed backgrounds that you can use on phone or tablet, on the lock screen or the home screen. Create and download a library of your favorites to use offline. The app features a quick and intuitive interface to make it easy to switch up the decor with just a few taps and swipes.

The app developers promise to update regularly, and there are no annoying pop-up ads. Now your mobile device can be as festive as the rest of your world! The app is free to download and use. It does contain advertisements.

Thanksgiving Ringtones Sounds

Google Play Store

Even your device can get festive with this collection of Thanksgiving sounds you can use for notifications, ring tones, and more. It includes all the sounds that will make you feel like the Thanksgiving celebration is happening right now. Some of the most interesting ones include a cat begging for turkey, a turkey gobble, a dog chowing down on a Thanksgiving feast, corks popping, and dishes clattering.

The app is free to download and does contain advertisements.