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13 Easy Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for Kids

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13 Easy Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for Kids

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and everyone’s favorite feasting holiday is also a joy for families who enjoy Thanksgiving activities like crafting and home decor. These adorable craft projects will keep your kids busy and brighten up your Thanksgiving decorations.

 

Check out these easy, kid-friendly Thanksgiving craft ideas and art projects with supplies from Michaels, Amazon, and Target. Time to Plymouth Rock-out with some paper and scissors!

 

Mod Mayflower

 

thanksgiving crafts for kids mayflower

 

 

  1. Cut off the bottom of a cup. Cut two slits with the tip of your scissors at the center edge of the cup. Place the cup, bottom side up, into the center of a cup holder.
  2. Cut two paper rectangles per boat to make sails. Cut two tiny slits at the center of each sail at the top and bottom. Push stirrers through the slits.
  3. Add a paper flag to the top of each mast. Push the sticks into the slits in the cup.

 

Supplies Needed:

 

  • To buy! Pantryware Essentials PE Coffee Sleeves($9.99; amazon.com)
  • To buy! 9 oz. Orange Paper Cups, 20-count  ($6.99; amazon.com)
  • To buy! SunWorks Construction Paper, 10 Assorted Colors  ($14.99; amazon.com)
  • To buy! Royal 7.5″ Wood Coffee Beverage Stirrers 500 pack ($13; amazon.com)

 

 

Tabletop Turkey Craft

 

thanksgiving crafts for kids turkey craft

 

  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.”

 

Supplies Needed:

 

  • To buy! 1-Inch Assorted Pompoms ($7.99; amazon.com)
  • To buy! SunWorks Construction Paper, 10 Assorted Colors  ($14.99; amazon.com)
  • To buy! 1000 Pcs Black Wiggle Googly ($5.99; amazon.com)

 

Feather Place Mats

thanksgiving crafts for kids feather placemat

  1. Trace the largest plate you’ll be using on pieces of scrapbook paper. Cut out circles.
  2. Glue feathers along edges, leaving paper centers blank (they’ll be covered by the plates).

 

Supplies Needed:

 

  • To buy! Tangerine 8.5″ x 11″ Cardstock Paper by Recollections ($5.99; michaels.com)
  • To buy! Neutral Feathers Pack by Creatology ($5.50; michaels.com)

 

 

Hunt for Turkey Feathers

12 Packs: 20 ct. (240 total) Feather Turkey Quill by Creatology

Buy a bunch of colorful quill feathers at a crafts store and hide them around the yard or house, then do a T-Day version of an Easter-egg hunt. Kids can use the feathers they collect to design a Native American headdress.

 

Supplies Needed:

 

  • To buy! Creatology Feathers Value Pack, Quills  ($5.50; michaels.com)

 

 Mini Maracas Nature Craft

 

thanksgiving crafts for kids pumpkin maracas

  1. Cut out a section (top and bottom) of an egg carton and fill one side with dried beans.
  2. Glue the sides together, with an ice-pop stick coming out of the middle.
  3. Paint with orange paint, let dry and push a green pipe cleaner into the top as a stem; slip on a green construction-paper “leaf” and bend pipe cleaner over in a loop.

 

Supplies Needed:

 

  • To buy! Natural Wood Popsicle Craft Sticks ($5.99; amazon.com)
  • To buy! Liquitex BASICS Acrylic Paint Set ($70.99; amazon.com)
  • To buy! Chenille Stems Value Pack by Creatology ($7; michaels.com)

 

 

Easy Nature Place Card Crafts for Kids

 

 

thanksgiving crafts for kids nature place cards

 

  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 notecard stock.
  3. With a small paintbrush add a stem. Let dry. Fold the paper in half, and use it as a place card.
  4. Make place cards for everyone who will be attending your feast. Then ask your child to think of one reason she’s thankful for each person and write it on the back. Guests can read them aloud!

 

Supplies Needed:

 

  • To buy! 50ct Premium Cardstock 65lb White ($3.99; target.com)
  • To buy! Liquitex BASICS Acrylic Paint Set ($70.99; amazon.com)
  • To buy! Princeton Select Artiste Series 3750 Round Brush ($5; michaels.com)

 

 

Make Your Own Mats

 

thanksgiving crafts for kids laminate roll

 

The weekend before (or anytime really!), have your kids create collages of all the things they’re thankful for on sheets of construction paper. Laminate their masterpieces at a copy store and use them as place mats. This is one of our favorite kids Thanksgiving crafts.

 

 

Supplies Needed:

 

 

 

Go Classic

 

Thanksgiving Craft Ideas Hand Turkey Craft

 

 

Hand turkeys are an oldie but goodie and a perfect Thanksgiving craft for toddlers or preschoolers. Tell everyone in the family to trace one of their hands on a piece of paper and color in their gobbler with crayons. Trot to it!

 

Supplies Needed:

 

  • To buy! Creatology 9″ x 12″ Construction Paper, 50 Sheets ($3; michaels.com)
  • To buy! Crayola Boxed Crayons, 96 Count ($5; michaels.com)

 

 

Cool Painted Pumpkin Designs

 

Thanksgiving Craft ideas 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!

 

Supplies Needed:

 

  • To buy! Circle Label Stickers by Recollections ($2; michaels.com)
  • To buy! Scotch General Use Masking Tape ($2; amazon.com)
  • To buy! Liquitex BASICS Acrylic Paint Set ($70.99; amazon.com)

 

 

Easy Pinecone Turkey Craft for Kids

 

 

thanksgiving crafts for kids

 

  1. Cut a small diamond out of yellow construction paper and fold it 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 googly eyes to the pinecone.
  4. Twist the dark pipe cleaner around the pinecone base and poke into orange.
  5. Glue fall leaves to the 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 the bottom for feet.

 

Supplies Needed:

 

  • To buy! Creatology 9″ x 12″ Construction Paper, Assorted Colors ($3; michaels.com)
  • To buy! Creatology Assorted Wiggle Eyes Pack ($9.99; michaels.com)
  • To buy! Chenille Stems Value Pack by Creatology ($6.99; michaels.com)

 

Thanksgiving Craft Kits for Kids

thanksgiving crafts for kids turkey headband

  • To buy! 10ct Thanksgiving Turkey Headband, $3; target.com

 

Turkey Paper Roll Craft Kit by Creatology Give Thanks

  • To buy! Turkey Paper Roll Craft Kit by Creatology Give Thanks, $7.99; michaels.com

 

thanksgiving crafts gratitude box

 

  • To buy! Gratitude Card Box Kit by Creatology Give Thanks, $4.99; michaels.com