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These Thanksgiving Coloring Pages Will Keep Kids Busy ‘Til Turkey Time

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Thanksgiving may still look different this year — 80 percent of Americans ages 12 and older have received at least one COVID-19 shot and the vaccine is newly-authorized for emergency use for kids ages 5 to 11—  but despite the size of your gathering, the holiday is still one about gratitude, family, and most delightfully food.

But in order to prepare for all that pants-expanding deliciousness, you’ll need some kid-free time in the kitchen (because frankly, children tend to add ingredients that don’t exist in the recipes — or, you know, that aren’t edible at all). To the rescue: printable Thanksgiving coloring pages.

But let’s be honest — we all want to be that parent who always cooks with their kids and who isn’t bothered by their toddler pouring an entire bottle of vanilla in the lasagna in favor of a beautiful kitchen experiment. However, Thanksgiving is not that time, people.

And although the chances of you having even five minutes alone in the kitchen without hearing, “When is it going to be ready?”, “Can I taste that?”, or “But I want to put gummy bears in the stuffing!” are slim to none, don’t panic — we’ve rounded up the cutest Thanksgiving-themed coloring pages for your little turkeys to enjoy while you prep for the big day. These designs will keep kids occupied for hours so you can cook in peace, kick back with a beverage, or clean the house. (And if you need more ideas? Check out these easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids.)

A version of this article was originally published in March 2014. 

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