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Kids Thanksgiving Crafts

Published November 02, 2015        by Matt

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Thanksgiving Craft Ideas for Kids

Thanksgiving Craft Resources & More

Kids Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite days of the year - right after Christmas and my birthday! Besides the delicious food and extra desserts, I loved making turkeys out of paper plates and pilgrim hats out of black construction paper when I was young. Now that I have children of my own I have a lot of fun finding craft projects for them to make as we're waiting for the turkey to cook. I'm not sure who has more fun with the projects - my kids, myself or my mom! We often find crafts from past years hanging around her house as we arrive to celebrate Thanksgiving.

This year while the men watch football and the women visit over coffee, give the kids a craft project. In this post, I've provided links to some of my favorite kids craft resources. There are so many great choices for Thanksgiving including pilgrim, turkey and tabletop crafts. I hope your kids enjoy them as much as mine did!

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Thanksgiving Craft Books From Amazon

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Thanksgiving Printables

  • DLTK Holidays
    Offers a wide range of printable items including bookmarks, games, jigsaw puzzles, books, recipe cards, and much more.
  • Printables 4 Kids
    Print coloring pages, word search and word scramble puzzles for the kids.
  • Thanksgiving Print Activities
    Lists resources for mazes, word puzzles, coloring pages and more.
  • ABC Teach
    Find Thanksgiving word puzzles, books, postcards and more.

General Thanksgiving Crafts

  • Free Kids Crafts
    Free Kids Crafts Find 4 pages of creative Thanksgiving crafts for kids like acorn napkin holders (shown in the photo), cereal turkeys, pilgrim hats, thankfulness wreaths and so much more!
  • Apples 4 The Teacher
    Find lots of craft projects for Thanksgiving including foam welcome signs, trees of thanks, turkey coasters, and more.
  • Better Homes & Gardens
    Offers a wide array of craft projects for kids including place mats, turkey crafts and flower pot place cards (shown in the photo), and decorations for Thanksgiving.
  • Dot Com Women
    Find Thanksgiving decorations, gifts, and tabletop items that the kids can make for Thanksgiving.
  • Celebrating Thanksgiving
    Fun craft ideas for kids including corn napkin rings, pilgrim serving spoons, and a thankful tree.

Stained Glass Window Designs

Tissue Paper Art

Creative art for all ages that lets the sun shine through!

Although not necessarily a Thanksgiving-related project, one of my favorite crafts as a kid was stained glass hangings created from tissue paper. Back when I was a kid we didn't think to use clear contact paper, so we used wax paper and Elmer's glue. Our projects weren't always as pretty as some of the designs I found recently, but it got the job done!

Here's what we used to create our stained glass artwork:

  • A Roll of Wax Paper (cut into roughly 10" lengths)
  • Colored Construction Paper
  • small pieces of tissue paper
  • glue/glue stick

1) After figuring out what design we wanted to make (star, flower, heart, etc), we would cut strips of colored construction paper and glue it on the wax paper to form a border. The older kids would also cut pieces for our younger cousins and glue the border on for them.

2) Using small scraps, we would glue many different colored pieces of tissue paper inside the border of the design. Tissue paper could overlap, making an entirely new color.

3) The finished artwork was then displayed on grandma's windows - and it was a good thing she had a large house because all of her windows were usually covered by the time we finished! Before we left, our moms would take the designs down and bring them home as a keepsake.

With the invention of clear (or even frosted) contact paper, this project would be much easier. Simply adhere the border and colored tissue paper to the sticky side, then cover the completed design with another piece to make the project last for years!

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Thanksgiving Tabletop Decorations

  • Martha Stewart Thanksgiving Table Crafts
    Instructions for 8 different table decoration crafts including pilgrim boats, feather napkin rings, tissue turkeys and more.
  • Artists Helping Children
    The widest selection of tabletop decor crafts that I found they have just about anything you could want to decorate the table.

Table Decorations

Thanksgiving Place Cards & Greeting Cards

  • Artists Helping Children
    Card and place card crafts for kids.
  • Craft Elf
    Instructions to create adorable pilgrim hat and Indian headdress place cards.
  • Turkey Place Cards
    Get the instructions for these gobblers.
  • LakeShore Learning
    Find instructions for creating the pine cone turkey place card holders shown in the photo.

Thanksgiving Napkin Rings

Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

Thanksgiving Turkey Crafts

  • DLTK Turkey Crafts
    Find turkey themed crafts for kids ages 2, 4+
  • Turkeys
    Offers a few fun turkey crafts for kids.
  • Artists Helping Children
    I LOVE this site because they have great photos of the turkey crafts and they have a huge selection of ideas. One of my favorite Thanksgiving craft sites!

Paper Turkeys

 Kids Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving Pilgrim Crafts

  • DLTK Pilgrims
    Instructions for plate crafts and doorknob hangers.
  • Artists Helping Children
    Links to tons of different pilgrim craft ideas. Find the instructions for creating the pilgrim and Indian cardboard tube craft shown in the photo.
  • Family Crafts
    Find instructions for about 15 different crafts including Pilgrim bonnets and hats.
  • Apples 4 The Teacher
    A paper Pilgrim hat craft project for kids.

Kids Thanksgiving Crafts

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