Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and it’s a time for family gatherings, delicious meals, gratitude, and Thanksgiving crafts for kids.
While the adults are busy preparing the Thanksgiving dinner, why not keep the little ones entertained with some fantastic Thanksgiving crafts?
These easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids are a great way to add a fun and creative touch to your holiday festivities.
Whether you’re a teacher looking for classroom activities or a parent planning some quality time with your children, we’ve got you covered.
Here, you’ll find a variety of fun Thanksgiving craft ideas that will keep kids of all ages engaged.
Let’s wobble into the world of turkey crafts and more!
Thanksgiving Turkey Crafts
1. Hand Turkeys
Hand turkeys are a classic and simple Thanksgiving craft that children of all ages love to make.
All you need is some construction paper and a marker. Have your child trace their hand on the paper, cut it out, and decorate it as a turkey.
It’s a fun way to create cute little turkeys to place on your Thanksgiving table or make adorable place cards for family members.
2. Paper Plate Turkey Wreath
Decorate your kid’s space for the holiday season with this easy Thanksgiving turkey craft.
The paper plate turkey wreath requires simple supplies and is great for the younger kids.
Getting your kids involved in arts and crafts at a young age will benefit them for years to come.
3. Paper Plate Turkey
Another favorite Thanksgiving craft is the paper plate turkey. For this, grab a few paper plates, construction paper, googly eyes, and some glue.
Cut out the feathers, beak, and wattle from the construction paper and attach them to the paper plate.
Add googly eyes and you’ve got a cute turkey craft that can even be used as festive napkin holders at your Thanksgiving dinner.
4. Pinecone Turkey
If you want to take your craft to the great outdoors, gather some pine cones and create pinecone turkeys.
Glue colorful feathers onto the back of the pinecone and add a beak and googly eyes to the front.
These little guys are a huge hit and can be a great addition to your Thanksgiving decor.
The picture below is from LiveCraftEat.com. She did an amazing job, and I thought it deserved to be added to our collection of Thanksgiving crafts for kids.
5. Coffee Filter Turkey Craft
Here’s a craft that’s perfect for younger kids. You’ll need coffee filters, markers, and a spray bottle of water.
Have your child color the coffee filter with different colors, then spray it with water to create a watercolor effect.
Once it’s dry, fold it to create the turkey’s feathers and add a beak and googly eyes.
This craft is a great addition to your Thanksgiving table or a fun activity at the kids’ table.
Simple Thanksgiving Crafts
1. Hand Print Turkeys
Similar to hand turkeys, but with a twist!
Dip your child’s hand in paint and have them create handprint turkeys on paper.
Add details like feathers and beaks once the handprint is dry. It’s a fun way to make personalized Thanksgiving art projects.
2. Corn Husk Dolls
For a nod to Native American culture, try making corn husk dolls.
All you need are corn husks, some twine, and markers. Your kids can create their own little dolls to place on the Thanksgiving table or use as decor.
3. Fall Leaves Turkey
Go outside and collect some beautiful fall leaves with your little ones. Then, glue them onto a piece of construction paper in the shape of a turkey.
Add a beak and googly eyes, and you’ve got a unique and colorful Thanksgiving decoration.
4. Little Turkey Popcorn Treat
These turkey popcorn treat bags are huge hit! They are a fun way for the whole family to get into the spirit of making Thanksgiving turkey crafts.
Both the older children and young children will have a great time putting together this simple turkey craft.
How to Make the Little Turkeys
- Fill each finger with different colored m&m’s. Making sure to put red in the thumb, which will become the turkey’s wattle. Don’t fill the thumb all the way.
- Fill the center with popcorn. Keep enough space to fold over and tape the glove shut. You could also use a twist-tie.
- Tape the glove closed
- Twist the thumb so it can hang down like the Turkey’s wattle.
- Tape or glue an orange triangle (beak) over the wattle’s twist.
- Glue on the googly eyes. If you don’t want to purchase wiggly eyes, the kids can use a black sharpie marker and draw the eye onto the turkey.
The finished product of these hand turkeys are the perfect way to spruce up the kid’s table on Thanksgiving day.
DIY Thanksgiving Crafts
1. Pumpkin Crafts
Pumpkins are a quintessential symbol of the season, so why not incorporate them into your crafts?
You can paint, decorate, or even carve mini pumpkins with your children.
These mini pumpkin crafts can be a great addition to your Thanksgiving decor.
2. Paper Bag Turkey Puppets
Grab some paper bags, construction paper, markers, and googly eyes.
Create paper bag turkey puppets that your kids can play with or use to entertain the family.
They’re a great way to keep kids engaged during the holiday preparations.
3. Construction Paper Place Mats
Set the kids to work on crafting their own Thanksgiving place mats.
They can use construction paper, markers, and stickers to create personalized place mats for the dinner table.
It’s a fun project that adds a personal touch to your Thanksgiving decor.
Remember, crafting with your children is not just about the finished product but about spending quality time together.
These easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids are a fantastic way to create lasting memories and keep the little ones busy while you prepare the main course.
So, gather your craft supplies, put on some music, and get ready for some creative fun this Thanksgiving!
4. Thanksgiving Slime
Children of all ages love making this fun craft for Thanksgiving.
If you are looking for things to keep the kids entertained, this slime is an easy way to keep them out of the kitchen!
Slime has been on the top learning toys for kids list for years.
Why is slime so popular? There is a psychology behind slime.
When kids make, play with, or watch slime videos, they enter a meditative state.
This mindfulness activity helps calm them down and forget about the stress of the day.
Simple Thanksgiving Slime Ingredients
- Airtight container
- 5oz Clear Glue
- 1/2 Cup Elmer’s Magical Liquid Activator
- Cinnamon essential oil
- Red and gold glitter
- Thanksgiving filler
How to Make Thanksgiving Slime
- In an airtight container, mix the 5oz clear glue with almost 1/2 cup of the Elmer’s magical liquid. This liquid replaces the contact solution, water, and baking soda. It’s wonderful, and I’m so glad I found some! The bottle says to only use 1/4 cup, but we found 1/2 cup to be the right consistency.
- Add 1-2 drops of essential oil to the mix. Do not use more than that, because the smell will be too overwhelming.
- Add 1/2 tablespoon of red glitter, and the same for gold. As you mix it up, you can add more if you’d like.
- Mix in the Thanksgiving filler. I found a Thanksgiving filler on amazon (see above), but if you’re looking for cheaper options, you can get colored beads from the dollar store. The Dollar Store beads aren’t Fall themed, but the kids have fun either way.
- Mix, knead, and stretch until you get the desired consistency.
Now that I have shared these fun ideas for cute turkey crafts, I hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving with your family and friends.
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