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Free Printable Thanksgiving Word Search

This free printable Thanksgiving word search is a fun way to keep your family occupied while you prepare a holiday meal!

I’ve always thought of Thanksgiving as “my” holiday. My birthday never falls exactly on Thanksgiving, but it can be as close as the day before so sometimes I’d luck out and get early dismissal from school on my birthday. That’s a present pretty much any kid can enjoy!

I get excited about sharing printables for Thanksgiving, which is why there are four versions of this word search!

My mom’s family is Canadian, so I created both an American and a Canadian Thanksgiving version of the word search. 

Additionally, I know people like to conserve their colored ink, so there’s a full color version and a black and white coloring page version of both word searches. 


In case any Americans are curious and don’t know, Canadian Thanksgiving occurs on the second Monday in October, which means it lines up with Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day in the US.

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Tips for using your printable Thanksgiving word search

Word searches help reinforce vocabulary and spelling skills, plus they can help your child improve their concentration. (And, of course, they’re a fun way for adults to stay sharp, too.) 

I like laminating word searches so you can use the same printables year after year. It’s a good way to make the most of your ink! At home laminating machines are super affordable and pay for themselves in 10-20 uses. 

Just store the laminated work searches with your holiday decorations and pull them out again next year!

If you want an even more economical way to make your worksheets reusable, get a set of dry erase pockets. They’re basically super duty page protectors. You can swap out seasonal worksheets and coloring puzzles so you can use the same set of printables on multiple years/with different children.

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American and Canadian Thanksgiving word searches

The pictures below are low resolution previews. Please don’t print them – they’ll look terrible! Instead, use the download links to get the PDFs from Google Drive.

Please note that these printables are free for personal use. This means with your family, in your own classroom, with your scout troop, etc. You are not listened to redistribute the digital files. Please just refer your friends, family, and coworkers to this post so they can download their own copy.

The answer key is included in each PDF. Words can be hidden every which way – forwards, backwards, and diagonally. They can also share letters with other words in the search.

American Thanksgiving word search – full color


Canadian Thanksgiving word search – full color


American Thanksgiving word search – black and white/coloring page


Canadian Thanksgiving words search – black and white/coloring pageCanadian-Thanksgiving-black-and-white-word-search-preview

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