Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and what better way to get into the holiday spirit than by making some fun and easy crafts with your kids? Not only do these crafts provide a great bonding opportunity, but they also allow children to express their creativity while learning about the traditions and history of the holiday. In this article, we’ll go over some Thanksgiving craft ideas that are perfect for kids to make at home.
1. Handprint Turkey
This classic Thanksgiving craft is always a hit with kids. All you need is some construction paper, paint, and a pair of little hands! Have your child dip their hand in brown paint and press it onto the paper. Then, use different colors to add feathers, a beak, and eyes to make it look like a turkey. This craft is not only fun, but it also helps children develop their fine motor skills.
2. Thankful Tree
Teach your kids about gratitude with this fun and meaningful Thanksgiving craft. Cut out a tree trunk and branches from brown paper, and glue them onto a larger piece of paper. Then, cut out different colored leaves and have your child write what they are thankful for on each leaf. Glue the leaves onto the branches to create a beautiful and personal Thankful Tree.
3. Paper Plate Pilgrims
This easy and cute craft is perfect for younger kids. All you need are some paper plates, construction paper, and markers. Cut out a pilgrim hat and collar from construction paper, and glue it onto the paper plate. Then, draw a face and clothes onto the plate to create a paper plate pilgrim. This craft is a great way to introduce children to the history of Thanksgiving.
4. Cornucopia Centerpiece
Get your kids involved in decorating the Thanksgiving table with this fun and festive craft. Cut out a cornucopia shape from brown paper and have your child fill it with different colored paper fruits and vegetables. Then, fold the cornucopia shape and staple it together to create a 3D centerpiece that your child will be proud to show off.
5. Leaf Wreath
Create a beautiful fall wreath with your kids using colorful leaves. First, collect a variety of leaves from outside. Then, have your child glue the leaves onto a cardboard circle to create a wreath. You can also add acorns, pinecones, or other natural materials to make it even more festive.
6. Pinecone Turkeys
Gather some pinecones from your backyard and turn them into adorable turkeys! All you need are some construction paper, googly eyes, and feathers. Cut out a turkey head and legs from brown construction paper and glue them onto the pinecone. Then, glue on the googly eyes and feathers to complete the turkey look.
7. Handprint Corn on the Cob
Get messy with this fun and unique Thanksgiving craft. Have your child dip their hand in yellow and green paint and press it onto paper to create the shape of corn on the cob. Then, use brown paint to add the husk and silk. This craft is perfect for younger kids and is a great way to teach them about different types of food.
8. Pumpkin Pie Playdough
Combine a classic Thanksgiving dessert with a fun sensory activity with this pumpkin pie playdough. Mix together some flour, salt, cream of tartar, pumpkin pie spice, and orange food coloring to create the dough. Then, let your child mold and shape the dough into mini pumpkin pies or other Thanksgiving-inspired shapes.
9. Leaf Turkey Craft
Create a colorful turkey using leaves of different shapes and colors. Have your child glue the leaves onto paper to create the turkey’s feathers. Then, cut out a turkey head and legs from construction paper and glue them onto the leaves. This craft is a great way to get outside and explore nature while creating a fun and festive decoration.
10. Gratitude Jar
Teach your child the importance of gratitude with this simple craft. All you need is a mason jar and some slips of paper. Have your child write down something they are grateful for each day and place it in the jar. At the end of the month, read through all the slips of paper together to reflect on all the things you have to be thankful for.
This fun and easy Thanksgiving crafts are a great way to spend quality time with your kids while teaching them about the traditions and history of the holiday. Whether it’s a handprint turkey or a thankful tree, these crafts are sure to bring joy to your family and create lasting memories. Happy Thanksgiving!