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Thanksgiving Scramble – A Fun Make-a-Word Activity

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and that usually means a smorgasbord of tasty treats shared with family and friends around the table! Cook up a bit of extra holiday fun with this delicious Thanksgiving-themed word scramble activity! Ready to dig in?

download Thanksgiving Scramble Activity

Preparing Your “Thanksgiving Scramble” Activity

  1. Download the Thanksgiving Scramble Reading and Spelling Activity.
  2. Select the Word Scramble you would like to complete and print one sheet for each player. Both color and black and white are available.
  3. Print the color or black and white letter squares.
  4. Cut out the letter squares that correspond with the Word Scrambles you plan to complete.
  5. Print the Word List Answer Key on page 14 and set aside. Don’t peek unless you get stuck and need some extra help!
cutting up letter squares for Thanksgiving Scramble

Playing “Thanksgiving Scramble”

Here we go…it’s time for a Thanksgiving word feast! Have each player place the letter squares face up on the table.

children play Thanksgiving Scramble

Now have each player scramble his letter squares, trying to form as many words as possible.

children work on creating words in Thanksgiving Scramble

For example, from the letter squares for the word Thanksgiving, a player might discover the words gang, ask, or skin.

Boy creates words in Thanksgiving Scramble

Have the players write each newly discovered word in a space on the word sheet.

girl writes words on Thanksgiving Scramble words sheet

Keep scrambling letters until each player has found as many words as he can. The player with the most words wins.

completed words sheets for Thanksgiving Scramble

Four More Ways to Play

Encourage teamwork. Playing with a wide variety of ages? Instead of each player playing independently, work as teams. Pair up an adult or older child with a younger child. Work together to unscramble letters and discover as many words as possible.

Make it a race. Depending on the reading level of the players, set a timer for 3-5 minutes and have individual children or teams see who can discover the most words in the allotted time. Older children and adults may have fun playing for longer periods of time.

Encourage vocabulary-building. Have children use the word they discover in a sentence before adding the word to their sheet.

Create a crossword puzzle. Scramble the letter squares for all four Thanksgiving Scrambles and place them face up on the table. Work as a group to create a crossword that uses as many of the letters as possible. All words should intersect with at least one other word in the crossword!

girls create an acrostic with Thanksgiving Scramble letters

Looking for more downloadable activities for family fun? Just click here … we’ve got you covered! Have a great Thanksgiving!

Photos by: Kristin Oleksinski

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Tara Pickrell

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I used this game with as a small group activity in third grade classroom. Playing with words is fun!

Simah

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Awesome! Thank you for always sharing cool ideas for spelling and reading practice!

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You’re welcome, Simah!

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Such fun activities for kids!

Rae

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Great idea!

Kristen

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Thank you for these little freebies! As a teacher, I send these to my homeschooling families to spice up their day. Many of them are using All About Reading, and if they aren’t using it yet, they learn about it from me. :)

Merry

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Thanks for sharing them with others, Kristen!

Kristie

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This looks fun. I like all the different ideas for games with the words. Thanks!

heather

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Such a great idea! Might try this with my young reader.

Lindsay Garcia

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This looks like such a fun activity for my 3 boys! Just downloaded it! Can’t wait to try it out this week!!

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I hope your boys have a lot of fun with this, Lindsay!

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Looking forward to doing this activity with my little ones.

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Thanks for the fun interactive activities!

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You’re welcome, Crystal! 😊

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Thank you so much for the creative resources!

Kaylynn

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This is a great project! We used it today in our school classroom and the kids had so much fun!

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I’m happy that your students enjoyed this, Kaylynn. Thanks for letting us know it went well!

Stephanie Wilcox

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Cute idea!

Susan Richmann

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This looks like a fun game and will share it with my granddaughter!

Jo Mckay

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Thanks for the great ideas!

Charissa Morris

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Our family is so doing this!! Thank you for all the help with spelling and reading fun!!

Robin E.

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You’re so welcome, Charissa! 😊

Helena

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This looks really fun! My kids have been asking about Thanksgiving fun and how to spell words. We’ll definitely give this a try.

Jolene

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We may have to try this. :)

Brandy

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This will be fun for our family to add to yearly traditions!

Thank YOU

Jann Price

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My grandchildren are already excited to do this!

Margie

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I love to find new, fun ways to encourage my struggling reader to play with words.

Lori Hannon

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My son has really enjoyed this activity! I hope that we are able to find more like this!

Margarita Rice

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Word games are always fun.

Patricia Fry

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So much fun! Awesome

Candace Leighton

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I love all your ideas and emails. Thank you for sharing the love of literacy!

Michelle

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So many fun learning activities!! Great resource!

Jenn A

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Thank you for making this activity so easy to prepare and play! It’s just what we need during the busy holidays.

Holly Arthur

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Yes! This is awesome! Thank you very much!!

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Looks fun

Stephanie

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Looks like fun! My kids love the activities. They think they’re just playing, but they are learning so much!

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That is the best kind of learning, Stephanie! 😊

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