Mashed potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie, green bean casserole… yes please! Thanksgiving in my house means the Macy’s day parade on TV, delicious smells, and my kids running around like little turkeys. Then comes the, “when do we eat? I’m hungry!” That’s when I break out the games for the kids and adults.

Our Thanksgiving Flip I Spy game printable is the perfect way to practice important motor and cognitive skills, such as visual discriminations – all while having a blast with family or friends! These adorable and colorful I spy pictures will have younger kids (and older kids) longing for a slice of pie (with extra whipped cream)!

Thanksgiving game for kids to practice visual scanning and visual discrimination.

Recommended Grade Level:

Materials for the Thanksgiving I Spy Game for Kids

  • Paper
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Paper Cutter

Learning About Memory Skills:

I SPY PRintable GAME

ASKING STUDENTS TO USE COGNITIVE (THINKING) SKILLS CAN HELP BUILD THEIR WORKING MEMORY. STUDENTS CAN ANSWER QUESTIONS LIKE:

  • Where is this object located?
  • What characteristics of the object will help me find it?
  • I remember seeing that picture before, how can I find it again?

It’s important for kids of all ages to practice using their memory and problem-solving skills in order to recognize visual details, enhance vocabulary, and follow multiple step directions.

Another great option for this activity is utilizing it for occupational therapy games. Therapy sessions can be a joy with visual scanning activities like I Spy Flip Thanksgiving fun games for kids.

These fun Thanksgiving I Spy printables can be used with an individual child, a pair of children, or a small group.

A few examples of the Thanksgiving I spy images included in this printable are: turkeys, trees, pumpkin pies, feathers, cranberries, owls, tables, squash, and mugs.

I spy can fit into any part of your child’s day-

  • While the food is being prepared
  • During a snow storm or rainy day
  • Speech therapy games
  • After a classroom activity or assignment was finished
  • On road trips
  • As a boredom buster when the whining begins (see above)!

In addition to exercising a child’s working memory, here are more concepts to explore using the I Spy board game:

  • What colors are in that object?
  • What shapes make up the object?
  • What letter does that object start with?
  • What other kind of objects might I find during the fall season?
Thanksgiving I spy pictures and game board.

What Social Skills Can Preschoolers Learn?

Practicing social skills with the game i spy

HAVING STUDENTS WORK TOGETHER TO PLAY THE I SPY FLIP MEMORY GAME CAN UTILIZE SOCIAL SKILLS LIKE:

  • Turn-taking and patience
  • Visual discrimination activities
  • Positive communication
  • Resilience after a loss
  • Cooperation
I spy game board with Thanksgiving themed pictures.

Why Is It Important For Kids To Practice Memory Skills?

Besides the fact that we all love playing Thanksgiving games for kids, there are so many other reasons you should work on problem-solving and memory activities with your child.

Develop a Child’s Focus

In order for children to be successful in finding matches, they must practice focusing on where objects are and concentrating on how to find them again.

Improving Short Term Memory

Processing data quickly is a product of short term memory. Practicing using your short term memory can also help strengthen long term memory and the ability to recall information at a later time.

Develop Visual Recognition

Children are using visuals and characteristics to quickly find a specific object. They will have to recognize colors, shapes and other distinctive features to locate the picture.

Cognitive Sorting

A child’s brain needs to be able to sort the information of the objects they are seeing in order to narrow down where the specific object is. If the child flips a card with a turkey on it, they must quickly sort which pictures are the color brown.

Colorful Thanksgiving I spy picture cards.

“My multi-aged group loved this even more than I thought they would! “

My kiddos love this! I use it for early finishers or in the morning while they are staggering in during breakfast. They are very engaged and enjoy playing!

How To Use These I Spy Printables

How to Use the Thanksgiving Activity

  • Choose your option below to get the printable pack.
  • Print, cut out, and laminate the activity for durability.

Using the “Flip” I Spy Game

Choose how many players will be participating in the game. Make sure to explain how the game is played and possibly model how to play it for them.

Once the posters are laminated, there are many learning activities you can use them for, including using dry erase markers.

How Do I Play the I Spy “Flip” Board Game?

Playing this I Spy Board game is simple.

  • Choose your I Spy game board.
  • Divide the cards evenly among the players.
  • Place the cards face down on the table.
  • All players flip their top cards at the same time.
  • Race to find the picture on your card first.
  • Whoever finds their picture first wins a token.
  • Play continues until the playing cards have all been used.
  • The player that has the most tokens at the end of the game is the winner.
Thanksgiving themed I spy game.

Sorting Cards

Use the image cards to practice sorting colors, shapes, living vs. nonliving, and food or drinks.

Challenging Words

Create word cards to challenge students with identifying the image with the corresponding word.

Creative Storytelling

Give your child the image cards from the I Spy Thanksgiving game and have them create a story using the pictures.

I Spy Game

Use the I Spy pages to play traditional I Spy. Start the classic game with “I Spy with my little eye…” and engage the children with verbal cues to find the matching picture. This is another great game for speech therapy.

Extend the I Spy Activity

Use the I Spy activity for kids with books about fall or Thanksgiving to locate the I Spy pictures.

Get I Spy Free Printables

In addition to our I Spy “Flip” Game series, we have 20+ I Spy Free Printables on Life Over C.s Get I Spy Worksheets, posters and games here.

Thanksgiving themed I spy game to practice visual scanning and visual discrimination.

Thanksgiving I Spy “Flip” Board Game

10 Game Boards

40 Playing Cards

Non-stop FUN!

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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