Thanksgiving Day Parade activities for kids

Nov 19, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. ET

Prepping your Thanksgiving feast is always a big production — but it's even more challenging with young kids under foot. Take the stress out of Thanksgiving morning and keep the little ones occupied (and fed!) with these great activities for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Thanksgiving Day Parade bingo

Thanksgiving Day Parade bingo cards

Keep kids tuned in to the parade's festivities with this fun game they can play while the parade marches by. Kids will have to keep an eye out for the floats and balloons throughout the parade as they compete to score the first BINGO!


  • Printable bingo cards
  • Markers or stamps


  1. Click each of the 4 bingo cards below to open the pdf files and print each one.
  2. Use markers or stamps to mark off the squares as you see each balloon or float that is listed.
  3. The first person to mark off 5 in a row wins the game! You can extend the fun by having a competition to see who can fill their entire board first.
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Create your own parade balloon

Mini Thanksgiving Day parade balloon

Most of us won't be watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in person, but that doesn't mean you have to miss out on the fun. Decorate your own turkey-themed parade balloon and bring the magic of the parade right into your living room.


  • Brown balloon
  • Red, orange and yellow paper
  • White paper
  • Black pen
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Orange crepe paper


  1. Inflate the balloon.
  2. Cut out feather shapes from the red, orange and yellow paper. Tape the feathers to the back of the balloon.
  3. Cut out 2 circles from the white paper. Draw a black dot in the center and tape the 2 circles to the front of the balloon to make the eyes.
  4. Cut a triangle from the orange paper and tape it below the eyes.
  5. Cut 2 pieces of crepe paper that are 8 inches long. Tape the piece of crepe paper to the bottom of the balloon.
  6. Cut 2 turkey feet from the orange construction paper, then tape the feet to the bottom of the crepe paper.

Mini breakfast buffet for kids

Thanksgiving Day breakfast buffet

The last thing busy parents need to worry about on Thanksgiving morning is what's for breakfast. Whip up this fast and easy breakfast that's baked in muffin cups for a bite-sized breakfast kids will love. Both of these ideas can be made ahead the night before for even faster breakfast prep on Thanksgiving morning.

Mini hash brown bites


  • 1 bag (20 ounces) of shredded hash browns, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the shredded hash browns, salt and pepper, and toss with 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Coat 12 muffin cups with non-stick cooking spray and divide the hash brown mixture evenly among the 12 muffin cups.
  4. Bake the hash browns in the oven at 350 degrees F for 1 hour on the bottom rack of the oven.
  5. Remove the hash browns from the oven and allow them to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the muffin tins. Transfer the hash browns to a plate and serve.

Mini casserole cups


  • 6 eggs
  • 3 green onions, sliced (white parts only)
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl, then add in the remaining ingredients and stir until all ingredients are well combined.
  3. Thoroughly coat a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray, then spoon the egg mixture into each muffin well, filling it about 3/4 full.
  4. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes, until the egg is firm. Allow to cool for 3 to 5 minutes, then remove from the muffin tins and serve.
Image credit: Amy Vowles

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