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Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids


Kids love to be involved in holiday task and festivities. However, let’s be honest, the kitchen during Thanksgiving can be a super hectic place for little ones to try and participate. This doesn’t mean that they can be a part of Thanksgiving though. I found some fun and simple crafts for kids to create to be involved in the Thanksgiving traditions and what better way to make them feel even more awesome then by displaying their art on the table or as decorations around the house!

Tabletop Turkey:

  1. Paint a paper cup brown. Turn the cup upside down and glue a pom-pom to the top of the cup for the head.
  2. Cut nine 4-inch leaf shapes from different colors of construction paper. Fold a 1-inch-square piece of orange construction paper in half; cut a triangle shape out of the folded paper for the beak. Using a 2-inch square of red paper folded in half, cut a heart shape to create the turkey’s wattle.
  3. Glue the beak and wattle to the pom-pom. Add googly eyes. Glue on the “feathers.”

Notecard Crafts:

  1. Scout the backyard for a round or oval leaf.
  2. Lightly paint one side with orange poster paint. Press onto the bottom half of a sheet of construction paper, then carefully remove.
  3. With a small paintbrush add a stem. Let dry. Fold paper in half, and use as notepaper.

Classic Hand Turkey:

Hand turkeys are an oldie but goodie. Tell everyone in the family to trace one of their hands and color in their gobbler. Pine-cone bird feeders slathered with peanut butter and rolled in birdseed are always a hit, too. Use string to tie them in a tree. Next up: touch football.

Painted Pumpkins:

  1. Press stick-on dots (or cut shapes out of masking tape) onto a pumpkin in any pattern you like.
  2. Paint the entire surface with black acrylic paint. Let dry.
  3. Carefully remove the tape, and behold your graphic art!

Turkey Pinecones:

  1. Cut a small diamond out of yellow construction paper and fold in half to create the beak.
  2. Cut a wattle (rectangle with a heart shape at one end) out of red construction paper.
  3. Glue beak, wattle and google eyes to pinecone.
  4. Twist dark pipe cleaner around pinecone base and poke into orange.
  5. Glue fall leaves to opposite side of orange to create tail feathers. (Or trace your child’s hand on two different color sheets of construction paper. Cut out and glue them together, overlapping.)
  6. Glue two acorn caps to bottom for feet.


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