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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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Good game. Helps to build vocabulary. My learners enjoyed it.

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I’m glad to hear that your learners enjoyed it, Bongiwe!

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Such a fun and creative idea. I can’t wait to try it.

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My daughter loved playing this!

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Great way for us to do school on an off week.

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Fun activity. Thank you!

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We did this at Thanksgiving and had a blast. Even the older kids got into it when I told them it was a competition:) thank you for offering this!

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We did this at Thanksgiving with my kids and nieces who were in town. It was a lot of fun and adding a little competition to it really got the older kids involved. Thank you for offering this!

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Thank you for making free activities that are also a fun way to learn!

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I love these activities that make spelling and reading fun; bonus that it primes my child to playing scrabble with the family and involves words of things she’ll be encountering in the coming days!

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This activity is easy to prepare and my students love to see who can find the most words. Using words inspired by the season is both fun and useful!

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This was so much fun for my autistic son. We hope to see more activities like this soon! Thank you!

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My kiddos love games like this! How fun!

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You have so many fun games, thank you!

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This is a great idea. I like having the tiles to move around. Helps them see the words better

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My kids love these