Thanksgiving crafts to keep the kids busy while you cook!

posted by on Nov 26, 2019

A slice of “pie”

(Appx. 20 min.) 

What you’ll need: 

A paper plate, Brown construction paper, Orange tissue paper, two cotton balls, scissors, and glue. 

What they’ll do: 

  1. Cut the paper plate into a triangle about the size of a slice of pie. 
  2. Cut the construction paper and the tissue paper into little 1/2 inch squares, enough to cover the surface of the triangle. 
  3. Glue the brown construction paper squares to the top of the triangle, these are the crust. 
  4. Glue the orange construction paper squares to the rest of the triangle, these are the pie. 
  5. Glue the two cotton balls to the middle of the triangle, these are the marshmallows.

A Grateful Turkey

(Appx. 15 min.)

What you’ll need: 

A piece of cream-colored construction paper, colored pencils, and scissors. 

What they’ll do: 

  1. Start with a good old fashioned hand turkey, tracing their hand and giving their turkey feet and a face. 
  2. Then decorate the background by thinking about where the turkey could be. Is he at the beach, the park, or at home? Where else could he be?
  3. On each of the turkey’s four feathers, have your child write the four things that they’re the most grateful for this year. 

A Turkey Hat

(Appx. 30 min.)

What you’ll need: 

A paper plate (or two), construction paper, crayons/colored pencils, a stapler

What they’ll do: 

  1. Begin by cutting the paper plate in half. If your child has a larger head, you might need two plates cut into 3/4s. These two pieces will be stapled together later to make the hat, so make sure they’re a good fit now. 
  2. Pick a side to be the “front” and a side to be the “back”. Decorate the front like a turkey face, whatever that means to your child. If they need ideas, you could suggest that they color it brown with eyes and an orange beak.
  3. Decorate the back like the back of a turkey, which could mean little legs, or maybe more brown feathers. Let them be creative!
  4. Cut the multi-colored construction paper into about 5 8-inch “water droplets”, round at the bottom and coming to a point at the top. You might need to trace the shape for them. 
  5. Lay the “back” of the turkey hat on the table, so that the undecorated side is facing up. Lay the 5 construction paper “feathers” on the round part of the semi-circle so that the pointed ends poke way up in the air. Lay the “front” of the turkey on top of the feathers, face up, so that the two pieces of plate are lined up with one another. 
  6. Staple the hat closed by adding a staple to the top of the round part of the plate, one staple for each “feather”.
  7. Wear and enjoy! 

Turkey Finger Puppets

(Appx. 15 min.)

What you’ll need: 

Multi-colored construction paper, scissors, glue, and crayons/colored pencils

What they’ll do: 

  1. Cut a brown piece of construction paper into two circles, one large (about the size of a hand) and one medium (about the size of the palm of a hand). Glue the medium circle to the top of the large circle, with a little but sticking up off the top. This is the puppet’s head!
  2. Cut feathers out of the other colors of construction paper, as many as you want, and clue them to the back of the big circle. 
  3. Color the face of the turkey with any expression you want!
  4. Cut two finger-sized holes near the bottom of the turkey, this is where his “legs” will go.
  5. Place your hand at the back of the turkey and stick your pointer and middle finger through the small holes, bending them at the knuckle. These are the puppet’s legs! 
  6. Put on a puppet show!