Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids
Kids love to lend a helping hand when it comes to decorating the table with easy Thanksgiving crafts. These easy-to-make Thanksgiving crafts ideas keep the spirit of the season front and center for children of all ages (and help hungry kids stay occupied until dinner is on the table). With place cards, centerpieces, decor, and more, these easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids will get your home ready for the big day.
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Dress any mantel or doorway with this quick and easy Thanksgiving craft that's great for kids. Just cut leaves from our free template (available below), then glue to ribbon or string along with store-bought glitter letters.
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Cootie Catcher Kids' Game
Remember playing this as a kid? We've remade it, Thanksgiving-style. Instead of a fortune, receive a holiday-related question or suggestion. This is the perfect kid's craft to keep little ones entertained before the big meal.
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Downloadable Place Mats
These activity-filled printable Thanksgiving place mats feature a bracket-style vote-off of Thanksgiving favorites. Have the table shout out their favorite for each head-to-head. The winning food advances!
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Same Bingo rules, new Thanksgiving twist. Print this easy Thanksgiving game from the link below. Use candies or nuts for the kids to mark their spots.
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Thanksgiving is a great time to celebrate what you and your kids are grateful for, and an easy way to do so is with a do-it-yourself daily thanks calendar. Attach mini crafts envelopes to a painted piece of foam core and place it in an inexpensive picture frame. Each day, have each family member write a note detailing what they are thankful for. Place in that day's envelope, then open the envelopes during Thanksgiving dinner.
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Turkey Game and Place Mat
A great way to lure kids to their seats while Thanksgiving dinner is being prepared is to offer them a fun activity. To make this fun Thanksgiving craft, cut out two circles from construction paper for the body and head, and accent with paper to create the eyes, beak, and feet. Ask each child to create feathers and other details from paper scraps, googly eyes, chenille stems, and other small crafts items. Then use the decorated turkeys as charming place mats.
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Mayflower Napkin Clip
This cute pilgrim-theme Thanksgiving craft for kids will help keep in mind the history of the holiday. Print the pattern and assemble as shown. Transform the paper craft into a napkin clip by adhering a clothespin (clip side down) to the back of the crafts-stick mast. Clip the paper Mayflower to a bright blue cloth napkin to give the appearance that the ship is sailing.
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Glove "Talking" Turkey
The turkey on the table doesn't have to be the only bird present at Thanksgiving. Use markers to decorate white work gloves with turkey-feather designs. Cut out pieces of felt for the wings and beak. Glue the felt pieces and a button eye on the glove. Too many little ones to provide gloves for everyone? You can use the same technique on white paper turkeys!
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Tradition of Thanks
Ask kids to write down what they're thankful for on paper fall leaves. Then place them in a scrapbook and continue the tradition next Thanksgiving. As the compilation grows, this easy kid's craft will become a time capsule of memories to look back on year after year.
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Pilgrim Hat Place Card
This place card is an easy pilgrim craft for kids that offers adults the perfect opportunity to discuss the history of Thanksgiving. To make it, download and print the pattern. Cut a curved slit in the base of the hat and insert the top to give it dimension. Outline the hatband and buckle using a black pen, and use a silver gel pen to define the curve at the top of the hat. Use the black pen to write each guest's name.
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Wreath of Thanks
Kids will love creating a wreath that shows off their reasons to be thankful. Wrap a simple foam wreath with brown linen. Fray edges for a rustic tone and secure the linen ends to the back of the wreath with glue or a pin. Print out the leaf patterns on decorative paper. Add each family member's name to a leaf using a printer, rub-on letters from the crafts store, or a marker. Cut out the leaves. Ask the kids to write words of thanks, and attach each leaf to the wreath with a decorative pin or a dab of crafts glue.
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Turkey Place Card
Kids will love making this simple and cute Thanksgiving craft. Download and print the pattern and cut out and assemble as shown. Use dimensional foam for a 3-D effect and cut with decorative-edge scissors to create feathers with texture. This easy Thanksgiving craft for kids makes the perfect place card when you add the name of each guest on the turkey's banner.
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Cupcake Liner Turkeys
These cute kid's crafts are oh-so-easy! Use a mix of white and patterned cupcake liners to form the turkey's body, adding cut paper embellishments to finish off the paper bird. This cute craft also doubles as a quick place card idea!
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Paper Turkey Crayon Holder
Turn cut paper shapes and a festive paper cup into a cute-as-can-be crayon container for the kids table! Glue cut feathers to the back of the paper cup and add a circular face to complete the bird. Cover the kids table with kraft paper and add a few of these cups to keep the kids busy for hours.
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Keep the kids out of the kitchen by having them search for acorn tops outside. Then add multicolor pom-poms to the tops to make this easy and festive fall craft. Use these as decorations on the table, or get creative by gluing them to ribbons for an acorn necklace or a multicolor garland.
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