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10 Easy Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for Kids

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10 Easy Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for Kids

Calling all Pilgrims and Natives! 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 turkey crafts projects will keep your kids busy and brighten up your Thanksgiving decorations. Check out our easy, kid-friendly Thanksgiving craft ideas and art projects with supplies from Michaels, Amazon and Paper Source. Time to Plymouth Rock-out with some paper and scissors!

Mod Mayflower

 

Thanksgiving Craft Ideas 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.

 

BUY IT:

Shapenty Disposable Blank Paper Coffee Cup Sleeves ($8.50; amazon.com)

9 oz. Orange Paper Cups, 14 count  ($2; michaels.com)

Creatology 9″ x 12″ Construction Paper, White  ($2; michaels.com)

Birch Wood Coffee Stirrers 7″ 1000 pack ($13; michaels.com)

 

 

 

Tabletop Turkey Craft

 

Thanksgiving Craft Ideas 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.”

BUY IT:

1″ Pom Poms by Creatology ($1; michaels.com)

Creatology 9″ x 12″ Construction Paper, Assorted Colors ($3; michaels.com)

Creatology Assorted Wiggle Eyes Pack ($10; michaels.com)

 

 

 

Feather Place Mats

Thanksgiving Craft Ideas Place Mat

  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).

BUY IT:

Foundations Smooth Orange Cardstock ($7.25 for 25; michaels.com)

Neutral Feathers Pack by Creatology ($5.50; michaels.com)

 

 

 

Fun Idea: Hunt for Turkey Feathers

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.

 

BUY IT:

Creatology Feathers Value Pack, Quills  ($5.50; michaels.com)

 

 

 

Fun Idea: Mini Maracas Nature Craft

 

 

Thanksgiving Craft Ideas 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.

BUY IT:

Natural Wood Craft Sticks, 3.75″  ($8 for 6-pack of 60; michaels.com)

Liquitex BASICS Acrylic Paint 4oz. ($5; michaels.com)

Chenille Stems Value Pack by Creatology ($7; michaels.com)

 

 

Fun Idea: Easy Nature Place Card Crafts for Kids

 

 

Thanksgiving Craft Ideas 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 paper in half, and use 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!

 

BUY IT:

Eco White Card Stock 8.5″ x 11″, set of 10 ($5; papersource.com)

Liquitex BASICS® Acrylic Paint 4oz. ($5; michaels.com)

Princeton Select Artiste Series 3750 Round Brush ($5; michaels.com)

 

 

 

Fun Idea: Make Your Own Mats

 

Thanksgiving Craft Ideas Photo Place Mats

 

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.

 

 

BUY IT:

 

Duck Brand Peel & Stick Clear Adhesive Laminate, 12 sheets ($81; michaels.com)

 

 

 

Fun idea for Preschoolers or Toddlers: 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!

 

BUY IT:

 

Creatology 9″ x 12″ Construction Paper, 50 Sheets ($3; michaels.com)

Crayola® Boxed Crayons, 96 Count ($5; michaels.com)

 

 

Fun Idea: 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!

BUY IT:

Circle Label Stickers by Recollections ($2; michaels.com)

Tape It Masking Tape ($2; michaels.com)

Liquitex BASICS® Acrylic Paint 4oz. ($5; michaels.com)

 

 

Fun Idea: Easy Pinecone Turkey Craft for Kids

 

 

Thanksgiving Craft Ideas Turkey Pinecone

  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 googly 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.

 

BUY IT:

Creatology 9″ x 12″ Construction Paper, Assorted Colors ($3; michaels.com)

Creatology Assorted Wiggle Eyes Pack ($10; michaels.com)

Chenille Stems Value Pack by Creatology ($7; michaels.com)