Thanksgiving Crafts for Toddlers
It’s almost time to gather with family and friends to give thanks and share one of the best meals of the year. Thanksgiving is a festive holiday, so it’s an excellent excuse to get a little crafty to decorate and celebrate.
Here are a few easy Thanksgiving projects even the smallest members of your household will love doing.
Toddler-Friendly Thanksgiving Crafts
These sweet turkeys make colorful centerpieces or mantle decorations. First, paint a paper cup brown. When it’s dry, turn it upside down and glue a brown pom-pom to the flat surface (this will be the turkey’s head). Cut a bunch of leaf shapes out of red, orange and brown construction paper, and glue them to one side of the cup for the feathers. Cut out the turkey’s beak and wattle out of colored paper, and glue them both on. Add googly eyes to the pom-pom, and let all of the glue set.
Create simple but elegant place cards for your Thanksgiving table with help from your little ones. Fold small notecards in half so they can stand up by themselves, then write each person’s name on a card. Give your kids a variety of seasonal stamps – leaves, turkeys, cornucopias, pumpkins, etc. – and have them add a stamp to each card. If you’re feeling creative, you could also swap the cards out for natural objects such as leaves, stones or feathers.
Make thankfulness a central part of your home with this hands-on Thanksgiving craft. On a large sheet of paper or poster board, draw a large tree trunk (or cut one out of construction paper and glue it on). Help your kids trace their hands on colored paper, and cut them out to form the tree’s “leaves.” Write one thing your children are thankful for on each leaf – anything from “my best friend” to “chocolate chip cookies.” Glue the leaves on the tree, and display it in the living or dining room.
The cornucopia symbolizes abundance and is the perfect centerpiece for a Thanksgiving feast. Make one with your kids out of an everyday paper bag. Cut the bottom of a large paper bag in a “+” shape. Gather the corners of the bottom of the bag, and twist them together to form the horn of your cornucopia. Hold them securely together with rubber bands. Roll over the open top of the bag several times to create a lip. Fill it with colorful fruit – or, if you’re feeling indulgent, some candy for dessert!
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