21 Easy Thanksgiving Crafts For Kids

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kids crafts Every time I’ve asked my kids what they wanted to make this week they both said ” Turkeys!” I warn you now that there may be a bunch of turkey crafts around here this year. Before I start posting too many new Thanksgiving crafts I wanted to make sure we shared our archives of easy Thanksgiving crafts . I have gathered simple crafts for Thanksgiving from years past for you to find easily all in one place. Also do not miss our Walk Through History . It will take your child from England , across the Atlantic on the Mayflower and finally to the table at the very first Thanksgiving. Check it out here.

Thankful Garland
Foam Turkey Magnet
Stuffed Football Craft
Mosaic Indian Corn
Turkey Baster Painting
Thank You Handprint Wreath
Shape Scarecrow
Bubble Wrap Indian Corn
Thankful Box
Counting Turkey
Turkey Craft For Toddlers
Pumpkin Printing
Thanksgiving Sensory Tub
Candy Corn Math Tray
Shape Turkey Craft
Paper Plate Scarecrow
Fine Motor Turkey Craft
Marshmallow Indian Corn
Potato Print Turkey
Pilgrim Hat Cookies
Confetti Corn Craft

 

Native American Headdress – this craft was removed after a fantastic discussion with an Native American educator who explained the sacredness of Headdresses and how even a well intentioned craft was not appropriate.I know many of us have created these crafts with children for may years with good intentions but when you know better you do better so I have removed it from my site.

Easter Relief Painting

I love Easter crafts and we usually make a ton for weeks before the holiday but this is our first Easter activity this year.  We were both so excited with how easy it was to make and how beautiful it turned out to be .  All week I will have even more Easter egg crafts over on FamilyEducation.com .

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a canvas ( the tape pulls off it like a dream! ), a roller sponge brush, painters tape, scissors, a plate, and paint.
  2. Start by making a frame in tape. Press hard.
  3. Now make the outline of the egg.  I did these steps, elementary aged kids should be encouraged to try though.
  4. Invite your child to come add the flair! Rip small pieces of painters tape and press them onto the canvas inside the egg.
  5. The ripping is fun and great for fine motor skills.
  6. When they have added all the tape pour some paint on the plate and roll!
  7. Add new colors as the mood strikes!
  8. Get the edges too.
  9. Set aside to dry. 
  10. When dry pull the tape off.

Groundhog Day Books and Crafts

You may have noticed I have never done a Groundhog Day post before. I forget about it every year. This year I remembered the books but our schedule was packed and a craft wasn’t in the cards. I will not force my son to do them and unless it was something I could do from a car in a ferry line up it simply wasn’t happening. Although that might make for an interesting post some day. Instead yesterday we had a wonderful playdate with dear friends and today I am linking to some great Groundhog Day crafts from other blogs to go with my books we read .

Groundhog Day Craft Links

I love this toilet paper roll Groundhog Day craft from Momstown

Preschool Playbook is a favorite blog of mine and she has many great ideas but this is my favorite . Check it out!


Another similar craft comes from Artists Helping Children


I just saw this one this morning – from Oopsey Daisy


Another similar one comes from Scribble n’ Splatter

Books

Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox by Susan Blackaby is a brand new book that was sent to me by the publisher to review. Although it’s a new release the art work by Carmen Segovia takes readers back to the 40s with the rich shades of blue, red and brown used. The story itself is sweet and although my son was a little worried that the fox was going to eat the groundhog it became obvious early on that the groundhog would find a way to outsmart the fox. Not only did the groundhog out smart the fox but they found a solution to both their problems without anyone getting eaten. Good book to talk about compromise and problem solving with young kids.

Groundhog Gets a Say by Pamela Curtis Swallow is such a great book about groundhogs , I can’t tell you how much I didn’t even know I didn’t know about the rodent.  Did you know they can run as fast as an average 4th grader? Yeah me neither.  The story itself is all about how the groundhog is sad that his holiday is only one day and no one seems to care about all the other great things about him beyond his shadow.  The book is long and honestly my son got fidgety but it’s the type of book that you can skip a page here or there and it won’t ruin the experience.  I admit I think groundhogs are pretty cool after reading this book.

Holiday Gift Boxes

I stole this idea for a gift bag at Walmart – at first I was going to make a reindeer gift bag but decided that by making it a box you can avoid any other wrapping ( or tissue paper) at all. Pop treats in and your gifts are done!  My son made the Rudolph with me then during quiet time I played around and made the other two in about 5 minutes. So easy and you can use them year after year.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some 2 piece gift boxes, sticky back foam, crayons, scissors, painters tape and treats to fill the boxes with . We made fudge.
  2. For Rudolf start by tracing your kids hands on the black or brown foam. My son decided to do this solo after I showed him , he was pretty successful!
  3. Using painters tape make a v , you can skip this if your child will stay in the lines. Don’t press too hard, these boxes were cheap and as you can see later the tape ripped the finish off a little.
  4. Color with brown crayons.
  5. While they do that make eyes , cut out the hands and a red nose.
  6. Peel tape off.
  7. Add eyes,
  8. Add antlers- don’t peel the backing all the way off, just on the part that will touch the box.
  9. Add the nose
  10. Add fudge
  11. Go give it to someone special!

Christmas Books


Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo made me cry. It’s a simple story about children’s innocence and giving hearts. A little girl sees a homeless man, and that’s what she sees , a man in need, instead of the stranger her mother sees. When she leaves to go to her Christmas pageant she calls out to him to come, when he does the true meaning of her line in the pageant comes to life. Which is when I choked up. Beautiful illustrations by Bagram Ibatoulline accompany this simple tale.

Albert’s Christmas by Leslie Tryon is awesome. I love this book and so did my son. It’s such an original story about a troop of animals who act as a pit crew for Santa and his sleigh. They give the sleigh a tune up just the same way race car pit crews do. If your child has seen the movie Cars , they are sure to make the link. The rhyming text is wonderful the pictures are adorable and the feeling of everyone pitching in made me smile. In a genre of similar stories.

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Letter Christmas Ornaments

This recycled project is possibly the easiest custom ornament I’ve ever made. These easy letter ornaments are kid friendly Christmas decor ( or even gift tags) with a dash of learning in the mix as well . These big foam letters are part of a floor puzzle that we’d grown out of , but there are similar bath ones for much less available online , thrift stores or you can use small ones that you can find in the dollar section of Target and Walmart.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some foam letters, newspaper , markers, glue, glitter and ribbon.  You will also need something to poke the ribbon hole in your foam, we used a paintbrush.
  2. Start by covering your table with plenty of newspaper or something you can simply fold up and throw away. Glitter is awesome, I love it but it’s a drag to clean up , when you can simply fold and throw it’s much easier.
  3. Lay out your letters and color with markers. Be prepared for your kid’s hands to get covered in marker, the foam doesn’t absorb it easily and it will smudge. If this will frustrate your child, skip it and move onto the glitter. I am trying to do everything I can to get my son writing ,he has little interest in it, so I sneak it in everywhere.
  4. Add glue!
  5. Add glitter. Don’t be shy dump it on.
  6. Let dry. I let them dry for 2 days , then shook the extra glitter off . If your marker was still wet when you added the glitter , the glitter will have initially stuck to the wet marker but will now fall off. A few taps will take care of it.
  7. Poke a hole in the letter.
  8. Thread the ribbon through.
  9. Hang up!

Christmas Books

The Twelve Days of Christmas by Jan Brett is a great book to read whether your children are familiar with the song or not. I love that even though I think of it being a song, my son thinks of it as a math book, counting up the gifts on every page. In classic Jan Brett fashion the illustrations are incredibly detailed , in the side pictures you can follow a family trimming their tree and I particularly liked the holiday salutations on every page in different languages. Really my only complaint is the copy we got from the library was sticky.

It’s Christmas by Tina Burke is simple and brief but it’s not too simple to share with a wide range of ages. The story reads like a photo album with short descriptions of holiday preparations, traditions and celebrations. My favorite is the picture with Santa with a screaming baby. The heart of this book though is how it captures the feeling of having to wait forever for Santa to come.

Ho, Ho, Ho, Tucker! by Leslie McGuirk is a cute story about an adorable little dog Tucker who is crazy about Christmas. While getting into the holiday spirit he burns his nose on a cookie pan . When Santa sees his bright red nose he asks him to come a long for the fun on Christmas Eve. There is a lot of good natured humor that any young child will giggle at , Tucker peeing on a Christmas tree got some good giggles at our house.  I doubt this will be a Christmas classic to read on Christmas Eve but it a cute book your kids will enjoy.

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