Once Halloween is over, the weeks up to Thanksgiving fly by in a blur. If you’re looking for some festive Thanksgiving crafts to get the kids in the Turkey Day spirit — or to keep them happy and distracted while you cook the Thanksgiving meal — we’ve got you covered.
Some of these arts and crafts are perfect to use as decorations, and some can become great toys and activities for the kiddie table. With 40 Thanksgiving crafts to choose from, you’ll find a fun activity for every age group.
1. Scrap paper thankful pumpkins
Another Thanksgiving kids craft that’s super easy to make. These scrap paper thankful pumpkins from Inspiring Education are perfect for kids of any age, giving older ones the chance to reflect on what they’re most thankful for this time of year.
2. Feather pens
Inspired by nature and easy to make, these feather pens via Design Sponge are great to make in spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, so get creative with this beautiful craft.
Great for young kids, this simple turkey spoon craft from Ramblings of a Crazy Woman takes an old wooden spoon and transforms it into a happy turkey that you can use as a puppet or even a centerpiece for Thanksgiving dinner.
Surprise everyone at the table by adding a little note of thanks inside their dinner roll with this gratitude rolls idea from Christy Robbins. Grab some pre-made croissants or rolls to make things easier.
12. Pom pom turkeys
For an adorable Thanksgiving craft kids will love to make and love to play with even more, try your hand at these easy-to-make pom pom turkeys from Mom on Timeout.
13. Dry leaf turkey craft
Handprint turkeys may get all the glory this time of year, but let’s not overlook the beauty (and lack of mess!) of dry leaf turkeys. These cuties from Rupinder’s Elysian Tribe couldn’t be simpler to make.
14. 10 fat turkeys puppet
Little ones will enjoy helping you make this adorable turkey puppet from Reading Confetti, but they’ll love to see the finished product of 10 fat turkeys in a row.
15. Turkey vase
Great for young or older kids, this mod podge vase from Arts and Crafts Family only requires an old soda bottle, tissue paper and glue — a masterpiece every little turkey can be proud of.
16. Handprint turkey keepsake
For a thoughtful Thanksgiving keepsake for parents or the nanny, help them make a handprint turkey this year that’s great for little hands.
These easy-to-make pumpkin paintings from Prairie Mother are perfect for kids of all ages and require only a few supplies. They also make very little mess.
19. Pine cone woodland creatures
These cute little friends from Craft Box Girls are a great way to keep kids busy while you’re getting everything ready for Thanksgiving. Have them personalize placeholders with names to mark everyone’s spot at the table.
20. Advent turkey calendar
With some felt and a few googly eyes, you can make a festive Turkey Tom advent calendar from Project Naptime this season. And use a skinny dowel in the fabric to keep the calendar lying flat against the wall.
Thanksgiving is about showing gratitude for the ones you care about. So in light of this thankful time of year, help kids make this thoughtful Thanksgiving mobile from Twig and Toadstool.
24. Corn on the cob pencil holder
This pencil holder from Crafts by Amanda serves two purposes: One is to keep the kids creative with a fun craft, and the other is to keep the kids entertained during a long Thanksgiving dinner with colored pencils for their coloring books.
25. Gourd stamps
This gourd stamps craft from Kitchen Counter Chronicles is a fun one. Gather gourds of all shapes and sizes, and have a grown-up cut them in half. Dip them in as many colors as the kids would like! Each gourd will make its own, unique stamp.
This baby’s first Thanksgiving card from Pretty Prudent makes a fun celebratory craft. Stamp their little hand and create a cute turkey that’s perfect as a card to send to family or save as a keepsake in their baby book.
28. Painted rock cornucopia
Kids will love looking for the perfect rocks for this painted rock cornucopia from Make It Your Own. Find as many as you can and use markers, paint, stickers or anything you have on hand to decorate the ultimate Thanksgiving cornucopia.
Help kids find their inner chef and make a holiday play salad, via Inner Child Fun— it’s made out of craft foam and sponges. Pair this with the paper turkey, and you’ll have a Thanksgiving “dinner” that’s great for the kid’s table.
37. Turkey napkin ring
You probably already have everything to make this simple DIY napkin ring from Super Make It. Use empty toilet rolls and coffee filters to make festive turkeys for each place setting.
38. Geometrical turkey
For an easy craft for toddlers, gather some construction paper, glue and a few googly eyes and help little ones make this geometrical turkey via Fun Littles.