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38 Thanksgiving crafts kids can make

Nov. 1, 2019
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When the Halloween parties are over and the weeks until Thanksgiving fly by, the rush of the holidays can be a blur. Whether you’re planning and cooking for your own Thanksgiving dinner or trying to help the family you care for get their ducks (er … turkeys?) in a row, you still have to keep the little ones occupied and entertained.

That's where we come in. We've put together a list of fun and festive Thanksgiving crafts that'll get the kiddos in the Turkey Day mood and keep them distracted for hours. Some of these are perfect to use as decorations, and some can become great toys and activities for the kiddie table.

1. Pine cone woodland creatures

These cute little friends are a great way to keep kids busy while you’re getting the house ready for guests. Have them make placeholders with the names of everyone you’re expecting!

2. Mayflower handprint

Great for kids of all ages, this memorable Mayflower handprint can be framed or kept in a memory box for you to remember for years to come.

3. Thanksgiving turkey bowling

If you're looking for a craft that will keep the kids busy even after it's made, try out these turkey bowling pins and let the little ones loose for a great Thanksgiving game.

4. 10 fat turkeys puppet

Your little ones will enjoy helping you make this adorable turkey puppet, but they'll love to see the finished product of 10 fat turkeys in a row.

5. Handprint turkey keepsake

Image via The Creative Copycat

For a thoughtful Thanksgiving keepsake from your kids, help them make a handprint turkey this year that's great for little hands.

6. Feather pens

Inspired by nature and easy to make, feather pens are great to make in spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, so get creative with this beautiful craft.

7. Thankful heart turkey

Teach your kids to be thankful with a thankful heart turkey where they can write who or what they are grateful for this year.

8. Pumpkin paintings

These easy-to-make pumpkin paintings are perfect for kids of all ages and require only a few supplies. They also make very little mess.

9. Thanksgiving tree

Give thanks with your whole family and create a thanks and giving tree that you can display in your living room and add onto all season.

10. Pilgrim kids’ craft

Image via In the Bag Kids' Crafts

This is a great craft for the kids’ table, before or after dinner. With just a few supplies, each kid can create their own unique Pilgrim.

11. Gratitude mobile

Thanksgiving is about showing your gratitude to the ones you care about. So in light of this thankful time of year, help your kids make a thoughtful Thanksgiving mobile.

12. Fall leaf napkin tags

The perfect touch to a beautiful Thanksgiving spread, have your kids help make these fall leaf napkin tags out of modeling clay and paint.

15. Turkey lollipop treats

Image via Bluesky at Home

This fun project from Michelle @crafty_morning is great for you and your own little one to put together before all the other guests arrive. Give your youngest guests a special treat with Thanksgiving-themed lollipops

16. Baby's 1st Thanksgiving card

To celebrate your baby's first Thanksgiving, stamp their little hand and create a cute turkey that's perfect as a card to send to family or as a keepsake in their baby book.

17. Salt dough turkeys

Perfect for a day indoors and easy to make in the kitchen, your kids will love to craft this adorable Thanksgiving turkey out of salt dough.

18. Pilgrim hat cookies

For a delicious treat for your dinner guests, try out these chocolaty Pilgrim hat cookies that everyone will love.

19. Autumn fingerprint tree

Finger painting never fails to entertain the kids, so why not have them create an autumn tree that you can display every year?

20. Gourd stamps

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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.

21. Corn on the cob pencil holder

This pencil holder 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.

22. Advent turkey calendar

With some felt and a few googly eyes, you can make a festive Turkey Tom advent calendar this season. And use a skinny dowel in the fabric to keep your calendar lying flat against the wall.

23. Gratitude rolls

Surprise your dinner guests with a little note of thanks inside their dinner roll. Grab some pre-made croissants or rolls to make things easier.

24. Native American corn magnets

Work on your kids' fine motor skills with this beaded Native American corn magnet craft that will look great on your fridge during the fall months.

25. Painted rock cornucopia

Image via Make It Your Own

Kids will love looking for the perfect rocks to paint for this project. Find as many as you can and use markers, paint, stickers or anything you have on hand to decorate the ultimate Thanksgiving cornucopia. 

26. Turkey vase

Great for young or older kids, this mod podge vase only requires an old soda bottle, tissue paper and glue and your little turkey will create a masterpiece to be proud of.

27. Pom pom turkeys

For an adorable Thanksgiving craft your kids will love to make and love to play with even more, try your hand at these easy-to-make pom pom turkeys.

28. Be thankful garland

Hang this beautiful Thanksgiving garland across your favorite window and display your kids' thankful craft in celebration of the holiday.

29. Turkey spoon

Great for young kids, this simple craft 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.

30. Mini pumpkin turkeys

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Once Halloween is over, make these little pumpkins last a little longer by dressing them up. This is an easy craft for young kids, with just a little guidance from a grown-up.

31. Native American corn

Show your kids how the Native Americans taught the Pilgrims to grow corn with these handmade Native American corn cobs.

32. Stuffed glove turkeys

Give the kids a chance to stuff their own turkeys with this glove turkey craft, and watch them make a new fluffy friend to add to their toy collection.

33. Play dough turkey

For your little ones that love their play dough, this easy-to-make feathered turkey is a great craft to make in celebration of Thanksgiving.

34. Play salad

Help your kids find their inner chef and make a play salad 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.

35. Turkey napkin ring

Image via Super Make It

You probably already have everything to make this simple DIY napkin ring. Use empty toilet rolls and coffee filters to make festive turkeys for your guests.

36. Paper pumpkins

Easy and inexpensive, paper pumpkins are great for all ages and look wonderful as fall decorations in your home.

37. Geometrical turkey

For an easy craft for your toddler, gather some construction paper, glue and a few googly eyes and help your little ones make a geometrical turkey.

38. Turkey windsock

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Get some kid-safe plastic jars and your most colorful feathers for this outdoor DIY decor. It’s a fun, bright welcome for all your Thanksgiving guests. 

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