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16 Simple Thanksgiving Crafts for Little Kids

by Rebecca Eanes

It’s time for Thanksgiving crafts! I love this time of year because it’s so rich in family traditions, togetherness, and the spirit of gratitude. I also happen to really love pumpkins, turkeys, and scarecrows, so I’ve wrangled together some of the best simple Thanksgiving crafts from around the World Wide Web. Have fun and Happy Thanksgiving!

1. Try this shapes turkey craft from DLTK’s Growing Together. This cute and simple craft will help your toddler with scissor skills, identifying shapes, counting, and color recognition.

2. Toddlers and preschoolers love handprint crafts, and they serve as a great keepsakes for parents and grandparents. This handprint turkey by Terrific Preschool Years makes a great placemat!

3. Speaking of handprint crafts, The Melrose Family has an adorable idea with this thankful handprint pumpkin. Each family member uses a different color paint to put their handprint on the white pumpkin, largest hand to smallest, and then write “thankful” underneath. What a great decoration!

4. Help your toddler learn to recognize and write his/her name with this feather letter turkey craft from Growing Book by Book. It’s so simple! All you need is a paper plate, markers, and construction paper.

5. I personally love this handprint and footprint turkey craft found at ABC Creative Learning. This would make a great annual keepsake craft!

6. Little kids enjoy paper bag puppets, so why not make this adorable turkey paper bag puppet this Thanksgiving? Hugs are Fun shows you everything you need to make it.

7. Look at this simple beaded pumpkin craft from Blissfully Domestic! All you need is a green pipe cleaner and some orange beads.

8. This festive tissue paper pumpkin craft from Bare Feet on the Dashboard looks like a great toddler activity. The best part? Letting your tot tear up the tissue paper!

9. Have you ever tried puffy paint? It’s a great sensory experience for kids because it’s squishy and super fun to finger paint with. Little Wonders’ Days shows us how to make a puffy paint Jack O’ Lantern using puffy paint and simple construction paper triangles.

10. How cute would this pumpkin suncatcher be in your window? Simple Fun for Kids has a tutorial on how to make this adorable craft.

11. Try making this teepee craft from DLTK’s Growing Together. You can even print the template to make it super simple.

12. Make a mini Mayflower craft from this tutorial at Raising Arizona Kids. As a bonus, read The Story of the Pilgrims before you do this craft.

13. If you have some bubble wrap lying around, this Indian corn craft from No Time for Flash Cards is a lot of fun for little ones.

14. Paper plate crafts are easy and fun for the littlest of kids, and this scarecrow craft from Finding Zest will look great hanging on your fridge.

15. Cutting Tiny Bites has a tutorial for a pretty and simple Native American pattern headband. This makes for a great learning activity on patterns!

16. One of my all-time favorites is this Thanksgiving tree craft found at Crafts by Amanda. It’s a simple craft you can do with very few materials and it drives home the meaning of Thanksgiving when your kids write what they are thankful for on their little handprints.

Tissue paper pumpkin craft image courtesy of Bare Feet on the Dashboard.

Rebecca Eanes is the bestselling author of multiple books including Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, The Positive Parenting Workbook, and The Gift of a Happy Mother. She is the grateful mom of two boys. 


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