This holiday season, create special memories that inspire children’s creativity and holiday spirit with these Thanksgiving crafts for kids and holiday printables listed below. These free and easy decorating projects are perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday. All that is needed are a few materials and some awesome creativity!
Free Thanksgiving Printable Craft Ideas for Kids
Fun and Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids
Thanksgiving is not just about the delicious turkey and the pies. It’s also a great time to indulge in some creative crafting fun with kids. Here are some delightful and easy-to-make crafts that will not only keep the little ones entertained but also help them understand and appreciate the essence of this special holiday:
1. Turkey Handprints
- Construction paper (various colors)
- Paint (brown, red, orange, yellow)
- Googly eyes
Instructions: Let kids dip their palm and fingers in paint and stamp it on the construction paper. Once dry, they can decorate it further by sticking on googly eyes and drawing the beak and legs. The fingers serve as colorful feathers of the turkey.
2. Thankful Tree
- Brown construction paper
- Colored paper or leaves
- Markers or crayons
Instructions: Cut out a tree trunk from brown construction paper and stick it onto a larger sheet. Have kids write or draw things they’re thankful for on leaves or colored paper and then attach them to form the tree’s canopy. As November progresses, watch the tree fill up with gratitude!
3. Pilgrim Hat Crayon Holders
- Black paper cups
- Black and gold construction paper
Instructions: Turn the black cup upside down and glue a circle of black construction paper on top to form the brim of the hat. Cut a strip of gold paper and glue it around the base of the cup as a buckle. Fill with crayons and place them on the kids’ table for a fun and functional decoration.
4. Corn Cob Craft
- Green and yellow construction paper
- Popcorn kernels
Instructions: Cut out an elongated oval shape from yellow paper (this will be the cob). Then, glue popcorn kernels onto it to represent the corn. Use the green paper to cut out husk shapes and glue them at the top and bottom of the cob.
5. Paper Plate Mayflower
- Paper plates
- Brown paint
- White construction paper
- Popsicle sticks
Instructions: Cut a paper plate in half and let kids paint it brown. This serves as the Mayflower ship. Once dry, they can glue the popsicle sticks vertically and then attach white paper as sails.
6. Autumn Leaf Wreaths
- Paper plates
- Fall leaves (real or crafted from paper)
Instructions: Cut the center out of a paper plate to leave just a ring. Children can then glue fall leaves around the plate, covering it entirely to create a beautiful autumn wreath. Attach a ribbon at the top to hang.
7. Feathered Headbands
- Construction paper or colored feathers
- Elastic string
- Glue or staples
Instructions: Cut strips of construction paper and measure them to fit around a child’s head. Attach the ends with glue or staples. Children can glue colorful paper feathers or actual craft feathers to their headbands, creating Native American-inspired headwear.
Engaging kids in these crafts not only provides them with a constructive outlet for their energy but also serves as a great bonding activity. Not to mention, their creations can serve as adorable decorations for the Thanksgiving festivities!
Thanksgiving is such a fun time for kids! It’s a fantastic time to teach them how to be grateful for things big and small, eat some delicious food (like these cheesy mashed potatoes – yum!) and even do fun things like stick these thanksgiving notes in their lunchboxes!
One of the cutest things do while watching the parade or watching football is take the time to craft with little ones. A lot of these easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids have minimal supplies and/or you can prepare in advance with a quick amazon order.
Do you love to craft during Thanksgiving?
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