8 Thanksgiving Crafts to Enjoy with Kids

Even though your children may get a break from school and activities, Thanksgiving is still a perfect time for you to engage their creative spirit by completing a variety of kids arts and crafts activities together. And with all of the inspiration that the beauty of nature gives off, it should be easy to fuel their imaginations each time you sit down. Here are eight fun Thanksgiving crafts that your children are sure to love.

1. Turkey Hands

A tried-and-true favorite, this is an easy activity to start the season. Have your kids trace an outline of one of their hands on a piece of construction paper, with their fingers spread as wide as possible. Once the outline is complete, have them decorate the hand like a small kids arts and crafts turkey. They can add colors, designs, and even glue on extra items – and once they are finished you can put it on the refrigerator for everyone to see!

2. Pressed Leaves

With all of the beautiful leaves on the ground outside, it would be a shame to let them go to waste. Collect a few of the prettiest options, preferably ones that are still moist, and put them inside of tissue paper in between two of the heaviest books you own. Depending on the size of the leaf, within a few days or even weeks you should have beautiful pressed leaves that you can use for decoration.

3. Thankful Leaves

This activity is all about showing thanks with your kids. Gather a few leaves from outside, and have your children trace their outline on paper – once finished, have them cut out the outlines with scissors. Then, on your new paper leaves, have your children write down things they are grateful for. You can put these in a jar on display, or use them as decorations around the house.

4. Leaf Chains

Similar to a snowflake chain, for this Thanksgiving craft you must fold a large piece of paper multiple times over, draw a leaf design in one spot (you can find these easily on the Internet), and cut out the design through the paper. Once you unfold it you should have a beautiful chain of paper leaves.

5. Decorate Pinecones

These are another natural wonder you can use for decorations. Gather as many pinecones as you can, and get some craft supplies. Have your children cover them in glitter, paint, or anything they’d like, and store them in a bowl on display in your home.

6. Make a Gratitude Book

To further support the thankful spirit, start a notebook with your children about all of the things they are thankful for. You can have them decorate the outsides with their favorite kids arts and crafts supplies, and best of all, you can continue filling the book with memories each year as they get older.

7. Make Pilgrim Hats

Because part of the Thanksgiving spirit is about remember the origins of this country, have your children celebrate this notion by making pilgrim hats together. For this you need black, white, and gold construction paper. Make a cone or cylinder out of a piece of black paper, and wrap the base in a thin strip of white paper to look like a belt. Then, in the center of the white paper, glue on a piece of gold paper that has been cut out to look like a belt buckle. Your children can wear these Thanksgiving crafts as they celebrate this wonderful holiday.

8. Make Food Together

While there are many other options available, food happens to be the greatest craft project of all. Proper food preparation requires a healthy amount of patience, imagination, and creative genius, things that your children surely possess. For a fun family craft project, pick one food that you will all prepare together, and have your kids participate in some part of the process. They will jump at the opportunity, and feel a sense of accomplishment when they sit down for dinner.

Have Fun with Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving is all about being thoughtful, sharing your love with others, and appreciating the beauty of nature. So this year, celebrate Thanksgiving with these kids arts and crafts projects that everyone is sure to love.


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