Free Printable Thanksgiving I Spy Sheet (+ Answer Key!)

Published: November 7, 2022 · Updated: April 24, 2024 by Sacha — This post may contain affiliate links. Read our full disclosure.

Looking for an easy activity that will keep your kids busy while you cook Thanksgiving dinner? This free printable I Spy game is fun, low-prep, and perfect for kids of all ages—and the provided answer key makes it super easy for kids to do on their own!

Do your kids enjoy I Spy printables? I have found them to be a great way to keep my girls busy while I am cooking, cleaning or otherwise occupied with household tasks.

And if any holiday involves its fair share of cooking and cleaning, it’s Thanksgiving—not least of which because with four young kids at home, it’s usually simpler for us to host.

We love hosting family for Christmas and Thanksgiving, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. But on days when we’re having relatives over, it’s definitely helpful to have some activities on hand that we can print out for the kids while we prep our house to receive guests!

And whether you’re hosting this year or you’re preparing some dishes to bring to someone else’s house, you’re probably really busy too. So I hope this printable gives you back some of your time and allows you to get more things in the lead-up to Thanksgiving day!

How to Use This Printable

To use this printable, print it out on your home printer and encourage your child to count all of the matching Thanksgiving-themed items. Once they have found every instance of a particular image, have them write down the answer on the provided line.

This activity can be adapted for various age groups. If you are printing it out for younger children, have them cross out each item as they count it. To make it more challenging for older kids, encourage them to rely solely on their memory.

I have also provided an answer sheet to help them easily check whether they have counted the correct number of items.

How to Print This Activity

After you have downloaded the PDF file to your computer, simply print it on Letter-sized (8.5 x 11 inches) paper.

You can also print this activity on A4 paper, but you will need to adjust the “Scale to Fit” setting on your printer to ensure that none of the printable area is being cut off.

How to Make This Printable Reusable

To save paper and make this activity reusable, try laminating it using a thermal laminator or self-laminating sheets, or placing it inside a plastic page protector or dry erase pocket. This will allow your child complete the activity using dry erase markers, then wipe it clean and store it for future use.

How to Download Your Free I Spy Game

To download this free printable Thanksgiving I Spy activity, click the download link below the image (no sign-up required):

Thanksgiving I Spy game for kids.


Please note that this activity sheet is for school and personal use only, and that the file cannot be redistributed. When sharing this printable, please link to this article rather than directly to the file. You can read our full printables terms of use here.

Who Is This Activity For?

This fun game is perfect for both younger and older kids. Younger kids can cross out the images as they count them, while older kids can challenge themselves by relying on their memory.

Why Are I Spy Activities Beneficial for Kids?

I Spy printables are a great way to help kids practice their counting skills, build their working memory and enhance their visual discrimination skills. The ability to recognize visual details in pictures will help them distinguish between the different letters of the alphabet when they are learning to read.

Can I Use This Printable in My Classroom?

Absolutely! I love providing free educational resources to fellow teachers, so classroom use is allowed for almost all of my free printables.

Feel free to include this printable in your lesson plans or to use it during your next classroom party. You can even add some friendly competition by breaking up your class into smaller groups and offering a prize to the first team to complete it!

Mockup of 1-page Thanksgiving I Spy printable.

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