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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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Lynette Williams

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Great fun! Thanks for this game. Games sure helps keep us motivated.

Andrea Pepich

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What a great activity! Thank you for sharing this idea!

Rachel

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This is so fun. Such a great idea!

Sue

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I love this idea!

Janae

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Thank you!

In-shaallah

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Thanks so much

Marie Knupp

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My kids will enjoy these! Thank you.

Cathy D

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This is a great idea! We had a long family tradition of finding words from thanksgiving but I never thought to use the letter tiles. It makes it much better for children!

Robin E.

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What a great family tradition, Cathy! I love such traditions of playing games together. 😊

Teresa

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Thank you for this fun activity.

Breanna

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what fun ideas for learning!

Catherine M.

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This looks like so much fun!

Victoria Scott

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What a cute idea! My daughter loves scrambles!

Amber Wood

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Thank you for all your great resources to make learning fun.

Jenn L.

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My girls LOVED this! They are upper elementary , but it was a great activity. They almost felt like they weren’t “doing school”!

Robin E.

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I love that it didn’t feel like school, Jenn! 🙂

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We love our all about reading!!

Tara B

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Fun! Thanks for sharing!!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Tara! I hope your students have a lot of fun with it!

Heather

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Looks like fun!

Megan

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Great game! Thanks for sharing!!

Renee

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This is such a cute game! I love the fun ways to learn!

Laura

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This looks fun! Thanks!

Robin

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This looks like fun

Danielle

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I love this! It’s a great holiday activity!

Danielle

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I love this! Fun holiday activity!

Tara Morris

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This looks like fun! Thanks!

Carly

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This is so much fun! My kids are going to love playing Thanksgiving Scramble!

Robin E.

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I’d love to hear if your kids enjoyed the game as much as you think they will, Carly. 😊

Sara McKinney

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Awesome. Thank you

Charissa Graham

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Yay I think my kids will have fun with this

Heather

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Will definitely be using this!

Thea

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This looks like so much fun. I wonder how it could work in a class of 26 busy grade 1 learners? I’m sure they would enjoy it!

Robin E.

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Oh, I think this activity would work well with a classroomful of children, Thea! You could have everyone working on their own set of letters and finding as many words as she or he can in the allotted time (maybe 3 minutes for grade 1). Then you ask the class what words they found and start writing them up on the board. If someone found “sag”, write it down on the board and ask who else found “sag” too, allowing everyone to raise their hands if they found it. I think it would be a lot of fun!

Zoe

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This was so much fun. My kids loved it & my struggling speller/reader was encouraged by this activity.

Robin E.

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Thank you for letting us know you had fun with this activity, Zoe! I’m especially pleased to hear it encouraged your child. 😊

Derek Miller

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This looks great. I home school my kids and activities like this sure do help. You can really never have enough activities for your kids, even if you don’t home school they can be great educational pass times as well.

Rosanna

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what fun for all ages :)

Heather Pope

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What a fun activity. Thank you.

Hedwig

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very much enjoy full, kids will enjoy their holiday with letters while they rusting. Thank very much.

elizabeth lampbhere

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these products look like they would help my son alot with his numbers and letters!!

Katy

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This looks great for my son who likes puzzle type activities.

Marie Coleman

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Imy kiddo struggle with writing and spelling. That will be awesome to have those.

Hollie

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I’m downloading this right now! Looks like a fun activity to celebrate the holiday:)

Ann Caccese

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Love this thanks for sharing :)

Susan

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Looks adorable, but having difficulty downloading this. Any suggestions?

Robin E.

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Are you still having difficulties, Susan? I just downloaded it myself with no problem. Please let me know if you still cannot download it.

Jamey

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I remember doing something similar to this in third grade and loving it. Can’t wait to try it with my kiddos.

Robin E.

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How fun that you did a similar activity when you were learning to read and spell, Jamey! And now you get to enjoy it with your children. 😊

EDGAR R GUNN JR

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Looks like fun.

Jillian

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Looks like fun!

Jamie

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Exciting to see all the variety & resources available for children needing a little extra help in reading/writing!

Lori

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great learning resources! Thank you for sharing :)

Margarita Diaz

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I love this. My son loves when we make games like this with our school work. He loves trying new thing and just having fun learning!

Kari

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A sneaky idea for fun spelling practice! Lots of fun

Stacy L White

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This sounds like a fun family activity. Thank you!

Sherri

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Thank you so much for putting this together!

Mrs Cruz

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Thank you for your freebies – my girls really do love these activities and games! All I need to say is “this is another Ziggy game” and they can’t wait to begin!

Robin E.

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Awww, that’s so cute that they love “Ziggy games” so much, Mrs. Cruz! 😊

Jodie Moss

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What an awesome game. We don’t do thanksgiving in Australia but we are going to do this game
Thankyoub

Robin E.

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You could easily make a version on this game with any word or phrase, Jodie!

Jodie Moss

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Already have :) thanks again

April

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Great freebie! Thanks!

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