Child-friendly Thanksgiving crafts

22 Nov

Assist your children to be included in preparing for Thanksgiving this week. Let them create the Thanksgiving decorations for your home and/ or for homemade housewarming gifts for those you are planning to visit. These crafts will keep your children active while you accomplish your goals in preparing for this holiday.

Place mats

Lay down a large piece of construction paper along with crayons, colored pencils, markers, stickers, glitter, and other supplies. Have each child make a Thanksgiving themed picture, or older children could write what they are thankful for on a sheet of paper and glue it to the place mat. Include their names on their creation. Then laminate the drawings so each child has a personalized place mat to use during Thanksgiving dinner. Have children make extras for the adults in the family.

Turkey Apple

Turkey apples are a fun craft to make with the kids as well as a healthy snack. You will need an apple, 6 toothpicks, 1 large marshmallow and 5 miniature marshmallows as well as some raisins and one piece of candy corn for each turkey. Set the apple stem up on a flat surface. Stick a toothpick in the top part of one side of the apple. Add the large marshmallow to the top of the toothpick. Decorate the face of the turkey with two raisins as eyes and stick the candy corn in upside down into the marshmallow to make the beak. Thread each of the remaining toothpicks with 3 raisins, and then top it off with one of the miniature marshmallows. These will be the tail feathers of your turkey. Stick the 4 toothpicks evenly spaced on the opposite side of the top of the apple. Add guests name to use these crafts as a place card.

Pilgrim Hat

You need a large paper grocery bag and some construction paper in black and yellow for each child. Fold the rim of the bag over to make a brim for the hat. Then cut a large strip of black construction paper and tape or glue it around the hat. Cut a belt buckle shape out of the yellow construction paper and glue it to the belt in the front of the hat.

Turkey Hand Print Craft

First, outline your child’s foot once on a piece of brown construction paper. Then, outline her hands twice on red or yellow construction paper. Cut a beak out of orange construction paper.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Blessings & Giggles to you & yours,

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