Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Chilling winds and baggy sweaters are being spotted everywhere and that can only mean one thing: November has arrived! And while it’s sad to think that the year is coming to an end, moms everywhere know that it’s time to look back and remember everything they’re thankful for.

The number one thing: They’re children.

Celebrate your little ones this November by crafting a few fun and easy decorations to stick up around the house! Even add a little interactive learning by helping them to name the different colors, words, and relating letters associated with this loving holiday!

 

Pinecone Turkeys

Adorable and fun, these pinecone turkeys will be your little ones’ favorite craft this Thanksgiving! Set them on a shelf for decoration or use them for make-believe play!

 

You will need:

  • Pinecones
  • 2 small pom-poms per pinecone
  • Googly eyes
  • Yellow or orange construction paper
  • Orange and red pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Glue

 

Directions:

Join your kids in a backyard hunt to locate their very own pinecones! Do a quick check for pesky bugs before bringing them inside and then set them aside. Glue one googly eye per pom-pom and then glue to pinecone to create eyes. Next, cut out a small beak out of either the orange or yellow construction paper and glue below eyes. Finally, cut pipe cleaners to create six one-inch toes. Glue three on each side of the bottom to create feet. Make sure to do the gluing yourself if you are planning on using hot glue.

HINT: If you are particularly nervous about sneaky bugs, bake your pinecones on a foil-lined baking sheet at 200 degrees for about a half an hour. Make sure to check them every so often so they do not burn. Once the pinecones have slightly opened and the sap begins to ooze they will be done and bug-free!

 

Thankful Hand Turkey

This craft will definitely come in handy to help remind your little ones what they’re thankful for! Hang them up on the fridge for years to come!

 

You will need:

  • Brown, red, yellow, and orange construction paper
  • A black permanent market
  • Safety-Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil

 

Directions:

Have your kids trace one of their hands on brown construction paper and (while your monitor) cut out with safety-scissors. Next, have them trace and cut out an assortment of feathers from the red, orange and yellow construction paper. Glue to the back of their hand tracing so the feathers stick out in-between the gaps of their fingers. Help them to trace and cut out a small beak and beard for the turkey’s face and glue accordingly. Finally, using the market, draw the turkey an eye and have them write down four things they are thankful four on their four finger tracings. In the turkey’s stomach write: “I am thankful for…” If your child is too young to write, help them out or enjoy their imaginative squiggles!

 

The Mayflower

Sail into some interactive learning by helping your child create a Mayflower painting out of their adorable handprint! Maybe brush up on some Mayflower fact to discuss while crafting, as well!

 

You will need:

  • Light blue and white construction paper
  • 3 paper plates
  • Brown, white, and blue finger paint
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Black or blue permanent marker

 

Directions:

Pour the brown paint onto one of the paper plates and the blue and white onto the remaining two. Have your little one stick their hand into the brown. Press their hand against the blue construction paper and wash hands. Next, have them use their hands (or paintbrushes if old enough) to paint in the blue under their handprint to create the sea. Wash hands. Have them press their hands or brushes into the white and paint in a few clouds! Next, help them to cut out three sales out of the white construction paper. Glue pieces onto their fingerprints to create the ship’s sales. Write “The Mayflower” on this new piece of art and allow to dry before hanging up.

 

During the fun, remember to date each craft and have your little one sign! Each and every creation they make is special and craft-time will be a wonderful reminder of just how thankful you are.