23 FESTIVE Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids (2024)

Looking for Thanksgiving crafts for kids?

The holidays are so much fun to plan fun learning and play activities for your kids. These activities are PERFECT to get your kids excited for Thanksgiving!

Let’s dive into Thanksgiving crafts for kids!


#1: Sponge Painted Turkeys

This Thanksgiving craft for kids is perfect because it uses sponges! The kids love using different supplies to paint.

These turkeys were easy to create, and they are SUPER colorful and fun!

sponge painted turkeys

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

sponges

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B. Set-up

Make a turkey face using your construction/cardstock paper and googly eyes.  Lastly, cut sponges into stripes, so it’s easy for the kids to pick up and paint!

Create some feathers on white paper. Cut them out!

C. Activity

Dip the sponges into the paint and make prints on the feathers! Let them dry, then use a glue stick to glue them to the back of the turkey you created!


#2: Letter Collages

This Thanksgiving craft for kids is PERFECT because it involves Fruit Loops!

You’ll also be able to get some learning in by doing this craft. Creating letter collages like this is an excellent way to work on letter recognition.

letter t turkey collage

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

B. Set-up

Create a bubble letter T using brown paper! Then, add googly eyes, an orange beak, and a red snood (side note: I laugh every time I write this word).

Make the turkey’s feathers using colored paper!

C. Activity

You’ll first want the kids to glue down the feathers, so it’s in the back of the turkey. Then, paste the letter T on top of the feathers.

Grab some Fruit Loops and have the kids work on color matching skills! Then, they can glue the Fruit Loops onto the turkey, or they can place them on.


#3: Handprint Turkey Craft

Handprint crafts always get me. I just love seeing the kid’s little hands in their artwork. It makes for the perfect keepsake!

This Thanksgiving craft for kids is easy to create, and they will love seeing their hands all over the turkey.

handprint turkey craft

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

B. Set-up

Paint the paper plate brown and wait for it to dry. Next, create the turkey face using paper. Lastly, trace the kid’s hands and cut them out!

C. Activity

Have the kids glue on their hands all around the paper plate. Then, have them glue the turkey on!


#4: Thanksgiving Countdown Chain

This Thanksgiving activity for kids is a wonderful way to get your kids thinking about their thankful for.

Creating a chain is a fun way for the kids to count down to Thanksgiving!

thankful chain

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

constructions

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B. Set-up

Cut pieces of construction paper into strips. Create 30 strips for the entire month!

C. Activity

Discuss with your little one what it means to be thankful for something. You should give examples and talk about why those are important things to be grateful for. Then, have them brainstorm some ideas on their own.

If they are old enough to write, have them write their answers on the pieces of paper. You can also do this part if you have a younger child doing this activity!

*A parent should do the stapling part to this activity.*

Hang this up in your house somewhere and take off a piece of the chain every day to countdown to Thanksgiving. Talk about what was written on the paper for each day.

Don’t want to create the chain? I have a FREEBIE worksheet for you!

thankful turkey

FREE Thankful Turkey Download


#5: Name Turkey Craft

Kids love seeing their name in crafts! It’s also a great way for them to work on recognizing the letters in their name.

This turkey name craft is the perfect Thanksgiving craft for kids.

turkey name craft

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

B. Set-up

Create a turkey shape and feathers out of construction paper. You can either have the kids cut the parts out to work on scissor skills, or you can do this part for them.

C. Activity

Have the kids write the letters of their name on the feathers.

The kids can create the turkey’s face. Then, have them use a glue stick to glue the letters of the name in order on the back of the turkey.

When they are all done, they can paste the entire turkey to a white piece of paper!


#6: Leaf Turkeys

Getting the kids outside to grab and create with leaves is SO fun!

This Thanksgiving craft for kids is simple and exciting. Using nature in art is beautiful.

leaf turkey craft

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

B. Set-up

Paint a paper plate brown and let it dry.

Create a turkey face out of construction paper. Glue on the beak, the snood, and googly eyes!

C. Activity

Take the kids outside and have them search for some colored leaves! This time of year around Ohio, we have some beautifully colored leaves.

Don’t have colored leaves? You can paint them! Use acrylic paint to paint the leaves.

Have the kids paste the leaves to the paper plate all around. Then, they will glue the turkey’s face on top of the leaves!


#7: Salt-Painted Turkey

Salt painting is such a fantastic process art activity to try.

Making this colorful turkey is such a fun Thanksgiving craft for kids!

salt painted turkey craft

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

watercolor set

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B. Set-up

Make a turkey using construction paper and googly eyes! Don’t glue it on just yet.

Draw some feathers around the turkey using a pencil. Remove your turkey. Outline the pencil marks with glue. Dump salt all the glue and dump the extra out in the trash.

Wait for it to dry (this takes a while- I leave it overnight usually).

C. Activity

Have the kids use watercolors to color the feathers! We did the colors of the rainbow, but they can choose any color!

Watch how the colors flow through the salt! It’s such a relaxing and fun process for the kids.


#8: Fork-Printed Turkey

You can see I’m really into paper plate crafts! I love using them for kids’ crafts because they are easy for the kids to use, and there are SO many ways to create with them.

Making fork prints is one of our go-to activities. The prints turn out really cool.

fork printed turkey craft

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

plastic forks

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B. Set-up

Create the turkey’s face by creating a circle out of brown paper. Cut it out and make a beak, snood, and add on googly eyes!

Put paint in a paint tray.

C. Activity

The kids will dip their forks into the paint and make prints all over the paper plate. They should try to spread out the colors!

Once the paint dries, have the kids paste the turkey’s head at the bottom of the plate!

Such an easy and fun Thanksgiving craft for kids.


#9: Pasta Turkey Craft

I love working with sensory fillers like pasta, rice, and macaroni for crafts.

The kids always love using these supplies! They were perfect to create feathers for turkeys.

pasta turkey craft

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

acrylic paint set

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B. Set-up

Create a circle using a marker on a sponge and cut it out.

To create the colored pasta, add some to a ziplock bag. Dump some acrylic paint inside and shake it up. Then, on an art tray, place a piece of parchment paper down, dump out the noodles to dry. Repeat this process for all the colors!

Lastly, create the beaks, snoods, and grab some googly eyes!

C. Activity

Make the turkey by dipping the sponge in brown paint and placing it on cardboard. Then, wait for it to dry and add on the facial features for each turkey!

Once the pasta noodles are dry, the kids can either glue them down to be the feathers or they can place them on, so you can reuse the pasta for another activity.

This is a great pattern-learning activity for kids.


#10: Scissor Skills Turkey

This turkey-cutting craft is a perfect Thanksgiving activity for your kids!

They will also enjoy creating these turkeys together with you.

turkey cutting craft

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

kids scissors

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B. Set-up

Make a turkey face using your construction/cardstock paper and googly eyes.  Create some feathers on construction paper. Cut them out!

Use a marker to make different lines on the feathers (curvy, boxy, zig-zag, etc.).

C. Activity

Have the kids cut on the lines to give the turkey a “hair cut”! This is a fun way to work on cutting skills.

They should try to stay on the lines as much as possible.


#11: Thanksgiving Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

I’ve been really into crafting with toilet paper rolls lately! It’s so nice because you always have them on hand. These TP crafts are the perfect Thanksgiving activity for kids.

The kids love putting these characters together too! After making them, they can use them for pretend play, which is always so much fun.

Thanksgiving TP rolls

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

hot glue gun

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B. Set-up

Decide on which characters you want to create! We made a Pilgrim, a scarecrow, and a turkey! These are simple to create, which is important to me because I am not super crafty. 

C. Activity

1. Pilgrim– glue googly eyes and make a smiley face on the TP roll. Cut a piece of black construction paper to fit on the bottom part of the roll. Make a white bib with a white piece of paper (as you see above) and draw black buttons. Make a hat by creating a circle on black construction paper and glue on top. Cut another piece of black construction paper and make it into a circle and tape or glue together. You can add on a little white piece of paper and a yellow buckle as well! Glue that part of the hat onto the circle.

2. Scarecrow– glue on googly eyes and create a smiley face with a sharpie. Create whatever color shirt you want and cut the piece of construction paper to fit at the bottom of the roll. Add on a different patch color if you want! Stuff shredded paper in the roll and straighten it a bit so it looks like hair. Place a hat on top!

3. Turkey– glue on googly eyes and create the rest of the turkey face with construction paper. Cut a small paper plate in half. Cut little squares of different colored construction paper and glue them to the plate. Hot glue the plate to the toilet paper roll!


#12: Paper Bag Turkeys

It’s always fantastic to find an activity that you can do right away because you have all the materials already at home!

I love this one specifically because the kids can play with it after they are done creating. It’s such a great Thanksgiving activity for kids.

paper bag turkey

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

brown paper bags

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B. Set-up

On construction paper, create eyes, a beak, and a snood. Layout the feathers for your little ones to pick from!

C. Activity

Before you begin the craft, talk to your child about what they are thankful for. Then, they will write some things they are thankful for on the front of their turkeys. If they are too young for this, you can do this step for them.

Let your little one create their turkey by adding on the face of the turkey you made. Then, have them add on the turkey feathers by gluing them on the back. After the feathers dry, they can use it as a puppet! They can stick their hand insider the bag and make the head move!

These are the cutest little keepsake to hold onto. We have my kids’ turkeys in the little boxes we have for each of them, and they love looking back at them to see what they wrote.


#13: Wine Cork Turkey Craft

Got some leftover wine corks? I have such a fun turkey activity for you to try with your kids!

They make such easy prints that can be turned into turkeys!

wine cork turkey craft

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

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B. Set-up

Dip a wine cork into brown paint. Make as many prints as you want on the paper. Let it dry.

Create some beaks for the turkeys using orange construction paper.

C. Activity

Make the feathers for the turkeys using markers. This can be a pattern activity, or they can just create the feathers whatever colors they want!

Add on googly eyes and glue on the beak to make your cute little turkeys!


#14: My Thankful Mini Book

This is the perfect Thanksgiving craft to make with your kids at home or in the classroom with your students.

I have a FREE thankful book for you to download and create with your kids!

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • crayons
  • markers
  • pencil
  • stapler
  • construction paper
  • glue stick
  • scissors
Click HERE for your FREE My Thankful Mini Book

B. Set-up

Print off the pages that you want to use. This is important because I have some blank pages at the end just in case people want to add extra pages of things that I didn’t include.

I also have feather templates at the end in case you want to create a turkey book! See below.

C. Activity

The kids will look at the pictures on each page and write down what goes along with it on the line.

Then, they will color each page. You can choose to just complete the book and then staple it together.

Or you can create a turkey book! To do this, paste each page on brown construction paper. I cut 1/4 of the pages on construction paper.

Add on googly eyes, paper beak, and waddle. You can also add on feathers by creating your own on use my template. Trace the feathers on colored paper or have the kids color in the feathers.

Paste the feathers to the back page on the back of the book!


#15: Turkey Color Matching

Whenever I mention that snacks are involved in an activity, the kids come running. Literally, running.

I love this turkey color match activity because kids work on color recognition, matching, sorting, and counting skills. It always makes me happy to have an activity that hits so many skills.

color matching turkeys

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

B. Set-up

Create a turkey and feathers using cardstock/construction paper. Add on the google eyes as well! Let your little ones help by gluing on the feathers to the back of the turkey.

C. Activity

Have your children sort the Fruit Loops in bowls by color. Then, glue the Fruit Loops on the correct colored paper of the feathers that you created! This is a fun color matching activity! You can also extend the learning by asking your little ones to count how many of each color there are.


#16: FREE Color by Code

I love color-by-code activities! This is such a fun art project to learn and create with your kids!

This FREE Thanksgiving printable is a great way to discuss a few different Thanksgiving images.

thanksgiving color by code

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

Click HERE to grab your FREE Thanksgiving Color by Code Printable. 

B. Set-up

Print off the sheets you want to do and grab your coloring materials.

C. Activity

Explain that your little ones need to look at the key at the top of the page to know what color to color each area of the picture. There is a number for each spot that needs to be colored a specific color.

Have them tell you the number and color they are supposed to use! See if they can identify the picture at the end.


#17: Handprint Turkey Card

Here’s another Thanksgiving handprint craft for you!

Using the feathers makes this a perfect Thanksgiving craft for kids.

handprint turkey card

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

feathers

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B. Set-up

Trace your child’s hand on a piece of brown construction paper and cut it out.

Get the hot glue gun ready to use!

C. Activity

Have your child create the turkey face using construction paper and googly eyes.

They will choose the feathers they want to use. You will be hot gluing these feathers onto the finger part of the craft.

Write a message in the center of the turkey, and you have a fun Thanksgiving card!


#18: Shape Scarecrows

I love it when you can combine learning and crafting together! It is one of my favorite things.

This Thanksgiving craft for kids is perfect for practicing some shapes.

shape scarecrow craft

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

colored buttons

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B. Set-up

You will be creating a bunch of shapes to make the scarecrow for your kids to put together. Follow along on the picture to help know how to make each step.

Pretty much, you will be making a ton of rectangles, triangles, circles, and squares. It’s not too bad, I promise!

One tip is to make sure you fold the paper half, so it’ll make double of each shape you need (this will save you time).

C. Activity

Have the kids create their scarecrows! They should place the pieces and parts in the correct spots to form a scarecrow! Talk about the different shapes as they are building this craft.

Add on some googly eyes, buttons, and details with markers at the end!


#19: Fall Tree Craft

Thanksgiving around Ohio can either be beautiful and colorful or potentially snowy.

This Thanksgiving craft for kids is a huge hit because your kids will be collecting some leaves outside to make this.

fall tree craft for kids

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

art trays

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B. Set-up

Draw a tree trunk using a brown marker on paper.

Get your paint dumped out on an art tray and have the kids grab the leaves!

C. Activity

Your kids will be using a paintbrush to paint a leaf. Then, they will place the leaf down on the paper to make prints around the trunk.

I would have them make one print, then repaint the leaf before they make another print. Repeat this process until you have a tree shape!


#20: Coffee Filter Turkey Craft

Coffee filter crafts are so fun and easy for kids of all ages to do!

It’s the perfect Thanksgiving craft for kids because they have to scribble on the filter, and it turns out amazing!

coffee filter turkeys

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

spray bottles

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B. Set-up

Have the kids color on some coffee filters using markers. Then, use a spray bottle to spray the filters on an art tray.

Tip: Have one coffee filter on an art tray (the colors can bleed into each other).

Cut a TP roll in half and create a turkey face using construction paper and googly eyes!

C. Activity

When the coffee filters are dry (this will take an hour or two), cut the filter in half.

You will hot glue the filter to the back of the TP roll you created!

These make the cutest Thanksgiving decorations or even centerpieces at your Thanksgiving dinner.


#21: Free Thanksgiving Learning Pack

I have a free Thanksgiving-themed learning pack for you!

Inside this learning pack, the kids will work on tracing, cutting, sight words, coloring, patterns, and labeling a turkey!

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • crayons
  • markers
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • pencil

Click HERE for your FREE Thanksgiving Learning Pack

B. Set-up

Print off the activities that you want to do at home or in the classroom.

C. Activity

These worksheets are great to use in October or November to get the kids excited for Thanksgiving. These will go great with any other themed Thanksgiving lessons too.


#22: Thanksgiving Craft Hats

What an adorable Thanksgiving craft! This would be so fun to do at Thanksgiving dinner with the family.

It’s also wonderful for a classroom Thanksgiving celebration. I have two free options of hats for you.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • markers
  • crayons
  • stapler
  • scissors
  • googly eyes (optional)
Click HERE to get your Free Thanksgiving Hat Crafts

B. Set-up

Print off the hats that you want to create. I have a bunch of different choices. Three have the same turkey image but different things at the bottom of the hat.

The other option is to print off the one to build their own turkey hat.

C. Activity

Color in hats and cut them out! If you choose to write on the hats, do this part first before coloring.

If you want to create the build a turkey hat, color all the parts before cutting them out. Paste the head, beak, and snood on the front. Then, paste the feathers on the back.

Use cardstock paper for best results! The feathers will stand up better in the back if it’s cardstock paper.

Once done with the hats, measure the child’s head and staple the back on both ends so it can fit them to wear!


#23: Free My Thankful Tree Craft

What a fun Thanksgiving craft to talk about why the kids are thankful. I have two ways that you can create this thankful tree.

Grab my free templates to create these at home or in the classroom.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • markers
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • crayons
Click HERE to get your FREE My Thankful Tree Craft

B. Set-up

Print off the templates that you want to use.

C. Activity

You can either choose to use my template that has the tree and the border on it. Or, you can choose to have the kids cut out the tree and paste it onto another sheet of paper.

There are leaves provided for the kids to write on, color, and cut out to place on the tree.

Discuss reasons why we are thankful and what thankfulness means. The kids should try to come up with reasons on their own for what they are thankful for!

This is such a wonderful keepsake for Thanksgiving.


Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Creating crafts together with your kids will create wonderful memories for both of you!

These Thanksgiving crafts for kids are a way for kids to show their creativity! They will love the process of doing each activity with you.

Do you have a favorite activity that you love to do during the Thanksgiving season? Our community would love to hear about it! Please let us know in the comments about what special traditions you have!

Happy Thanksgiving

Deena

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