Beyond the Pilgrims, turkeys, Native Americans, and food, Thanksgiving is all about sharing the day with our family and talking about what we are thankful for in our lives. What better holiday to prepare for by sharing time doing Thanksgiving crafts with your children! We have many different turkeys made from a variety of materials, headbands that can be used to help educate children about how it all started, and even ways to display and share the things we are thankful for. Thanksgiving is one of our favorite craft holidays, and we hope with the Thanksgiving crafts for kids below, that it will become one of yours as well. All of the crafts shown below were made in our own home, so we can ensure you that they are child-friendly and fun. Happy Thanksgiving!
This finger paint turkey craft is a fun Thanksgiving craft for preschoolers or even toddlers. This is a simple turkey craft, which turns out adorable every time. All you need is a little paint and a few wet wipes to create this adorable preschool Thanksgiving craft.
Children will love making our paper plate Pilgrims. This is an easy Thanksgiving's Day craft made from materials you most likely already have on hand. This pilgrim craft also makes a great Thanksgiving's Day decoration as well.
T is for t-t-turkey and in this cute alphabet craft the letter T is the turkey! This is a simple paper and glue craft that is a wonderful addition to letter of the week crafts, or a unique twist on a Thanksgiving Turkey craft.
This toilet paper roll turkey is a simple, but really cute Thanksgiving Day craft. Kids will enjoy cutting out the different color feathers of construction paper and putting the turkey together. A great additional touch to this craft is to have your family members all write something they are thankful for on one of the feathers, and then display it at Thanksgiving dinner for everyone to share!
What was it like to be a pilgrim? Making this paper Thanksgiving pilgrim hat will get kids into the holiday spirit and allow them to pretend to be a pilgrim. This craft is a simple and fun one that can be used in an educational context.
This adorable handprint turkey is one of our all-time favorite Thanksgiving crafts. The turkey is made by using your child's footprint as the turkey's body and your child's handprints as it's feathers. This is a great, easy craft for children of all ages. We always make a turkey for each member of the family and hang them on the door as a great Thanksgiving decoration.
Make this cute apple pie craft during the Thanksgiving holiday season. This apple pie craft is so cute and realistic that it actually has a fun surprise inside - apples!
Make some simple and cute place cards to go on the Thanksgiving table or even in a classroom. Kids will have fun helping to make these and writing their names. Then they will enjoy helping to set the table for Thanksgiving or putting on their desks in the classroom!
This paper plate turkey craft uses a small paper plate, some construction paper and paint to make an adorable decoration for the holiday. This turkey is simple enough for even young children, but can be altered to keep the attention of an older child by letting them add some fun accessories (how fun is a turkey with a pink crown, or one with a baseball hat and bat!).
Make your own cornucopia using our provided templates. Have your children color pictures of their favorite foods, cut them out and glue them into their cornucopia. To make it even more fun, encourage your kids to draw pictures of their favorite foods to put in the horn of plenty.
Use our provided corn template and a bowl full of dried beans to create this cute Indian corn craft for kids. Your younger kids will love the sensory aspect of playing in the beans as you make the craft. This craft is easy enough for a young child, but can be make more complex for an older crafter.
Glue together a few semi-circles, ovals and triangles to create this cute Shape Turkey Craft. This is a simple Thanksgiving craft for kids that is perfect for a toddler or a preschooler. Use our provided template to make this turkey craft even easier to do.
The smell of pumpkin pie in the air is one that lets you know Thanksgiving is getting closer. With this cute pumpkin pie craft, your kids can make their very own pumpkin pie – complete with the pumpkin pie spice! This is a great preschool Thanksgiving craft that is easy to do and uses materials you probably already have on hand.
Get your children in the mood for Thanksgiving with the creative Tom and Tammy Turkey Hand Puppets. These fun puppets are crafted from old gloves, scraps of cardstock or felt, wiggly eyes, and feathers. Once complete, children will delight in putting on their own puppet shows featuring Tom and Tammy Turkey!
This coffee filter turkey craft is a different kind of turkey craft for Thanksgiving. Use markers to color a coffee filter and then spray it with water to watch the colors all swirl together. This preschool Thanksgiving craft is a great mix of new textures and materials to make a familiar turkey craft.
Here is a simple paper turkey craft for Thanksgiving. Use our provided template to makes this great thanksgiving craft even easier to do. This turkey is made entirely from paper and glue, so it’s an easy craft to throw together on a cold November afternoon.
This simple craft involves making a Native American headband out of construction paper. This Thanksgiving craft is a simple and fun one that can be used in an educational context along with our Pilgrim Hat Craft above.
This very simple looking triangle teepee craft is an easy way to introduce Native Americans to young children around Thanksgiving time. In addition it is a shape craft, a letter craft and a scissor skills craft all in one. This is a wonderful teaching craft for preschoolers on so many topics and it is so easy to do that you most likely already have all of the supplies on hand.
This Thanksgiving styrofoam turkey craft is definitely unique and makes a fantastic Thanksgiving decoration! The different textures of the styrofoam egg and the pipe cleaners are great for keeping your children's attention. This is a great craft for older children, as younger children don't usually have the patience and ability to deal with the pipe cleaners.
This is a simple food craft for Thanksgiving. Fill a sugar cone with your child’s favorite snack and you have an instant cornucopia! Our daughter really enjoyed this one and it would be a great addition to Thanksgiving dinner as a fun appetizer or snack.
Turn a small box and some straws into the Mayflower. This is a fun Thanksgiving craft that is a great way to teach your kids about Pilgrims and their long journey. Our Mayflower craft would also make a great Thanksgiving decoration for your dinner table.
This handprint turkey craft is a classic Thanksgiving Day craft, and our daughter showed us that this old craft is still a good one. We had such a great time with this craft that our whole family made a turkey. This turkey handprint craft is a simple craft for kids of all ages.
The bountiful thanks greeting card is so cute, it is sure to be almost as good as the sweet words your child pens inside the card. Crafted from markers, glue, scissors, and cardstock, this fun craft is sure to remind children about the importance of being thankful. Once complete, children can write a thank you note to a loved one or friend.
Enjoy the wonderful Thanksgiving Feast year round with the Heaping Platefuls Thanksgiving Game. A great craft for children of all ages, you can create this game from colored paper, crayons, and glue. Once your craft is complete, challenge friends to see who can fill up their Thanksgiving plate first!
Sometimes the craft is less about what you make and more about the time you spend together making it. This pudding turkey craft is perfect for even very, very young toddlers. Help them explore the squishy texture of pudding as they mush it around the paper and then add eyes, feathers and a beak when they are done and show them their turkey. Older children will get a kick out of this craft as well – our preschooler thought it was hysterical. Beware – this is one of our messier crafts!
This pasta necklace is a great wearable craft for Thanksgiving. Dye your own pasta Thanksgiving colors and then thread the noodles onto a necklace. Kids will love this great craft made with a fun new material. We’ve included a few tips so that even a young preschooler can make this fun craft.
Turning your child’s hand into a turkey is a classic Thanksgiving craft, so this year switch things up a bit by turning their handprint into a pilgrim or a Native American! This is a fantastic Thanksgiving craft for an older child and a great way for them to use their imaginations.
Putting accordion legs on a turkey craft turn an ordinary turkey into a dancing turkey! This craft was a big hit with our preschooler and it was so simple to do. All you need is construction paper, glue and our printable template. This craft looks fantastic hanging on the wall as a homemade decoration.
Making place cards for the Thanksgiving feast can be a fun and rewarding activity for kids. All you need to create these cute Thanksgiving place cards is a little paint and a few little fingerprints.
Fall is all about leaves and turkeys and this cute Thanksgiving craft uses both! Use leaves as the feathers on this cute turkey. Our provided template makes this fun preschool Thanksgiving craft even easier to do.