This free printable Thanksgiving Shadow Matching Activity is a fun problem-solving task for the kiddos! The shadow match activities in this printable can be done at the dinner table and are a great way to have a little quiet time. To play, they have to look at the different Thanksgiving pictures and match them up with the shape that matches their shadow!
Here are 15+ Thanksgiving Free Printables and Crafts For All The Family for you to enjoy! Right-click and open a new tab to read next.
I have included affiliate links to useful products and services related to the topic of this post.
If you purchase via the links I may earn a commission.
As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Read Full Disclosure Policy
Thanksgiving Shadow Matching Activity
Parents and caregivers, make your Thanksgiving a little more fun by playing this shadow matching game with the kids! It is a great way for you and your little ones to spend time together while learning.
Young minds are always fascinated with shadows. They’re curious and inquisitive, so this project is perfect for encouraging healthy learning habits from an early age on up!
Shadows are fun and easy to make. They dance on the walls, change shape as they move around a light source.
Before starting this shadow matching activity, you might want to ask your children if they have noticed shadows before – maybe even their own – and if they understand what they are.
Why not close some curtains so that there is only one small lamp lit up in the room and make some shadows on the wall with your hands or different objects.
Once they have a firm understanding of how simple shadows work it’s time for them to put these skills into practice using the printable activity sheets where they will have to match up the colored objects (in this printable it is all about Thanksgiving!) to the shadow that they make. Simply draw a line from one to the other.
This Thanksgiving shadow match printable has three different sets of shadows to match, as well as the answers should you get stuck.
- You will find the download links further down this page surrounded by a purple box. Tap the purple download buttons to save the file(s) to your device.
- Printables are available in two paper sizes – A4 and US Letter (8.5″ x 11″). Download the size that is appropriate for your printer.
Benefits of Shadow Matching Activities
Shadow Matching is a great brain training puzzle for people of all ages.
It is a fun activity and it has some great benefits that can develop and improve:
- Visual discrimination, which prepares for more advance skills such as reading and math
- Attention to detail
- Focus and avoiding distractions
- Shape and size recognition
- Vocabulary, if you say the name of each item that is matched
- Problem-solving and attention
- Short-term memory
Matching and sorting activities help children to improve their coordination skills as well as develop a range of thinking skills.
Matching colors, shapes, numbers or pictures is an excellent way for kids to learn about the world around them while also developing important cognitive skills like counting and following directions.
More Printable for Kids
Looking for more word search printables to download? Right-click and open these ones in a new tab to check out next:
- Nine Free Printable Snowman Word Search Puzzles
- Free Printable Christmas Activity Sheets for Kids (Print at Home!)
- Free Printable Dinosaur Halloween Color By Number Coloring Pages
Over the years I’ve created a variety of printables – for crafts, parties, organisation, celebrations like Halloween, Christmas, and more! Here are 100+ Free Printables to download and use!
Download Thanksgiving Shadow Matching Activity
Click the download link to save the printable file(s) to your computer.
The Shop opens in a new tab/window.
Visit The Purple Pumpkin Shop for more awesome printables and products!
The free printable(s) is (are) a PDF and can be opened with Adobe Reader which is free to use. Printables designed and created by The Purple Pumpkin Blog and its Designers are for PERSONAL USE ONLY and NOT FOR RESALE under any circumstances. Please read the full Terms and Conditions. You are welcome to print these free printables at a print shop if you don’t have a printer at home, however, some print shops may not print licensed characters. Colours may vary slightly on printing due to different screen and printer settings. You may share this free printable blog post on social media, including Pinterest; as well as share it on your blog/website with a link back to this blog post. Please DO NOT share the PDF on social media or on your blog/website. If you use any of my printables it would be awesome to know about it! Post a picture on the social media platform that you hang out on, and follow me: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest! Use the hashtag #TPPBprintables so I can find you! I hope you enjoy these free printables!