Thanksgiving is almost here! Did it sneak up on you too? With all the fun holidays and events, fall seems to fly by, but don’t stress we have some fun and easy crafts to stimulate the kiddos! As a girly, lover-of-crafts mom of 3 boys, I started arts and crafts early with my kids and they still enjoy repeating some of these Thanksgiving crafts (we haven’t repeated the “bumkin” or pumpkin buns craft, but I’m sure they’d get a kick out of it if we did ;). Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays…family, friends, food, football, fun fun fun! It’s a fantastic time to reinforce gratitude with your kids as well as focus on family togetherness. Crafts can help your kids learn a little more about the holiday, while spending fun time with you! I also love kids crafts that can add to warm and lively Fall decor, enhancing your Thanksgiving dinner with a special heartfelt atmosphere.
Enjoy our Thanksgiving crafts, and we’d love to see your versions of them! We are especially grateful this Thanksgiving to be very close to sharing the MomCo App! We are excited to further meaningful friendships and valuable services amongst fellow moms! We’d love to hear from you in the comments section of any special Thanksgiving crafts or traditions you have or are looking forward to this year. Happy Thanksgiving!
1. Autumn Paper Plate Wreath: We love this craft for it’s simplicity, affordability and how it adds to our Fall decor!
Go on a nature walk and find some colorful leaves, acorns or seeds for your wreath. Start the craft by cutting out the center of your paper plate. Cutting is excellent fine motor practice, but assistance from an adult may be needed for younger kids. Have your child paint the plate the color of their choice, this will be the background of the wreath. Using your clear glue, place your leaves and other found items onto the wreath. After the wreath is dry, punch a hole at the top of the plate and tie a piece of yarn or ribbon onto it. It’s now ready to hang and serve as an adorable warm Thanksgiving welcome on your door!
2. Candy Corn Turkey: This adorable turkey will be fun for the kids to make, be sure to buy extra candy corn as some of them are likely to disappear while the kids are making the craft! Click below for the tutorial via Craftymorning.
3. Pilgrim Hat Crayon Holder: This is a great, useful decoration for the kids’ place setting at the Thanksgiving Table. During Thanksgiving dinner, or beforehand when you’re cooking, the kids can keep busy drawing or coloring Thanksgiving activity pages.
• Paper Cup
• Black Paint (optional)
• Chipboard Circle or Black Cardstock
• White Cardstock or Construction Paper
• Yellow Cardstock or Construction Paper
• Craft Knife or Scissors
• Hot Glue Gun
Cut out the bottom of a black paper cup (or just paint a regular white one like I’ve done here) with a Craft Knife. Hot glue upside down to a painted chipboard circle traced using an upside down glass. Add a strip of white paper for the headband and a yellow square for the buckle. Fill with crayons and place on the kids’ table. We used a large piece of white butcher paper and let the kids decorate it as a tablecover. You can also print out activity sheets to be used as placemats. Here is a link to a freebie:
4. Paper Feather Garland: We love this beautiful craft that looks fantastic as a backdrop for Thanksgiving buffet, on the mantle, in the window or anywhere else you can think of! Via iheartnaptime
5. Turkey Hands and Footprint: A kids favorite! Who doesn’t like handprint crafts? And with this they get to paint little ticklish toes too.
• White Cardstock or Construction Paper
• Paint: brown, red, orange, yellow, green
• Googly Eyes
• Red and Orange Construction Paper or scraps
• Clear Glue
Paint your child’s foot in brown and stamp it on the white paper to make the body of the turkey. While that’s drying, let your child swirl the colored paints on a paper plate. Have them press their hands onto the plate to coat their hands with paint and gently place them onto the white cardstock side by side. Once the footprint and handprints are dry, cut around them and glue the foot upside onto the hands as shown above. Glue google eyes on, and cut and glue an orange triangle beak and red wattle (the part that hangs from the chin).
6. Lego Stamped Indian Corn Craft: Got legos? Use them for this creative Indian Corn painting! Via Craftymorning
7. Turkey Handprint Placemat: More festive decoration with a purpose for your thanksgiving table!
• Paint: brown, orange, green, red, yellow Markers
• White Cardstock
• Construction paper: green, orange and yellow
• Glue Stick
• Contact Paper
• Free Printable Handprint Poem
• Optional: leaves, feathers, stickers
Help your child paint the palm of one hand brown and each finger a different color. Stamp their hand on the white cardstock, and let dry. Once dry, use markers to add eyes, mouth, and wattle to the head of the turkey. You can leave the craft like that, or you can turn it into a placemat. For the placemat, adhere the handprint turkey to a larger yellow rectangular matte cut from construction paper, then glue that to the larger piece of green construction paper on the right side. Matte and glue on the Free Printable Handprint Poem to the left side of the turkey handprint. Have your child add their choice of embellishments (stickers, feathers, leaves) and write their name and date. Laminate the placemat with contact paper and you have an easily wipeable and adorable place setting!
8. Football Turkey Craft: Hey little football fans, who knew footballs look adorable as turkey feathers? We do now! Via Craftymorning
9. “Bumkin” Craft: This is my favorite pumpkin craft for the little ones! It features an adorable stamping of–yep you guessed it–a baby or toddler’s bum!
• Large Circular Orange Stamp Pad
• Large Circular Green Stamp Pad
• White Cardstock
• Optional: Markers
Place your baby or toddler’s bare bottom onto the orange stamp pad and then place them onto the piece of white cardstock. Have them place their hands one at a time onto the green stamp pad and press them down on top of the “bumkin” to look like leaves. We used markers to outline our pumpkin shaped print, stem and leaves. You can also add “(your child’s name)’s bumkin” and the date at the top of the print. Tada a cute little fall inspired tush keepsake!
10. Grateful Tree Craft: Our last craft is my favorite because it symbolizes the meaning of Thanksgiving for our family…reflecting on all of our everyday blessings. Via love-the-day