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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Thanksgiving Favorites Made Gluten-Free!

Worried the holidays will wreck your gluten-free diet and leave you feeling deprived of all your favorite foods? Think again! It is so easy to transform Thanksgiving favorites into gluten-free delights. The best part is that everyone at your holiday table will devour these dishes! Use these simple tips, tricks, and recipes to make this your best Thanksgiving yet.

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The Easiest Thanksgiving Plan Ever

Here's how Maxwell Ryan of Apartment Therapy plans his own Thanksgiving day. If you apply his timeline (hint: invite guests over at 3:00), you'll have your best Thanksgiving yet.

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Fried Stuffing Balls

No one will complain about leftover stuffing when you ball it up and fry it.

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How to Make a Table Setting with Lettered Tiles

Guests won't have to guess where they're seat is when you spell out their name with lettered tiles. Creating the craft on a clothespin means you can clip their place setting directly on their napkin.

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Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Appetizers

Overwhelmed with Thanksgiving dinner preparations? Get a head start by making delicious and easy appetizer recipes now. By doing a little cooking ahead of time, you can avoid the hassle on Thanksgiving Day. Our make-ahead appetizers include recipes that can be prepared the day before or up to six months ahead of the holiday.

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Exclusive Thanksgiving Coloring Pages from BHG

Keep kids occupied while they wait for the Thanksgiving meal by letting them color these exclusive place mat designs from Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

What You'll Need

"About Me" Place Mat
  • Computer and printer
  • 8-1/2-x-11-inch paper
  • Crayons and/or markers

Download the "About Me" place mat design

Download the crossword-puzzle place mat design

How to Make It

  1. Download the pattern and print on regular 8-1/2-x-11-inch paper. White or light colors will work best for showing off your children's handiwork. (Note: Construction paper does not work well with most printers so we recommend regular paper.)
  2. Provide crayons and/or markers. Crayons may be the better choice if you actually want to use these place mats at dinner since markers are water-soluble and the place mats may bleed if splashed.

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