12 Adorable DIY Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

This Thanksgiving don’t forget to keep the kiddies entertained! While you are cooking that delicious turkey dinner, these Thanksgiving crafts for kids will keep your them happy and entertained while you get everything else ready.

From turkey crafts to pilgrim hats, you’ll find something for everyone on this list of adorable Thanksgiving crafts for kids.

Most use things you probably already have around the house. Some of these projects are quick and easy and some may take several hours (YAS!).

Either way, I’m sure the kids will enjoy getting crafty while you finish up with the rest of the holiday prep work.

Thankful Turkey Craft

Whether you use these projects for decoration or just a fun activity, they are sure to get your kids in the holiday spirit. 

What do you get when you combine Thanksgiving, craft-loving kids and a turkey? A thankful turkey craft for kids!

thankful turkey craft for kids

Watch the video tutorial to learn how to make this simple project – perfect for little hands and teaches children to be grateful.

What’s the best part? It doesn’t take long to make so it can be completed in time for dinner on Thursday night.

Here are the materials needed: construction paper, scissors, markers or crayons, glue stick, googly eyes (optional), and an empty toilet paper roll (you could skip the paint shown in the video and just make the roll from a brown piece of construction paper).

Make a Felt Turkey Plushie

It’s time to enjoy the season! What better way than by making a handmade craft with your children?

Follow along with us as we show you how to turn some simple felt into a cute and cuddly Thanksgiving turkey plushie.

how to make a plushie turkey DIY Thanksgiving crafts for kids

Make a Turkey from leaves and sticks

If you’re looking for a way to get your kids involved with the Thanksgiving celebrations this year, then here’s an idea from A Lovely Lark.

This will have them outside and having fun while doing it – make their own turkey from natural materials in the yard.

turkey craft from leaves and sticks

The best part about these turkeys is all of the creative possibilities!

You could use leaves as feathers or sticks as legs and so on. I love making new things out of what we already have lying around at home too.

Turn marshmallows into art

As you can see, the folks over at iVillage say kids CAN play with their food.

With some edible markers and marshmallows in different colors, the children create beautiful works of art on a stick that they themselves get to eat afterwards!

marshmallow art

Kids are allowed to make messes sometimes; there is absolutely no reason why it should be any different when drawing pictures or playing with your food at home.

What I like most about this project is how much fun they have while doing something so simple: turning plain old marshmallow into delicious masterpieces just by using colorful edible paint pens on them.

5. Everybody loves popcorn! Give the kids a light appetizer with this adorable popcorn turkey from Parents or serve it while you watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

6. Make festive holders to store the craft supplies for the kids table.  This design by Ask Anna is too cute!

7. Have your little ones help with dinner by creating specialized seating cards by Second Chance to Dream for everyone.  

8. Another great idea from Second Chance to Dream, celebrate the season by encouraging everyone to write down what they are thankful for and then turning the strips into decorative reminders.

9. Recreate the first Thanksgiving by making these miniatures from Second Chance to Dream.

10. This one by Second Chance to Dream, is probably my most favorite. Grab some pine cones and make these adorable little turkeys! 

11. Create these fun matching aprons for your favorite little chef with this design from Fave Crafts.

12. Instill a sense of appreciation with this project from iVillage. Have guests write down what they are thankful for this season and turn it into a beautiful tree of gratitude.  

What are you thankful for this year? Whether it’s a loved one, an amazing meal or the first snowfall of the season- take a few minutes to appreciate what makes your Thanksgiving that much more special.

But don’t forget about those little ones who will be too busy playing with their new toys and helping out in the kitchen! Take some time to make sure they have something fun to do while all that cooking is going on.

DIY Thanksgiving crafts for kids

We hope these fall crafts help get them into the holiday spirit just as much as cooking up Grandma’s famous pumpkin pie does!

Which project did you enjoy making most? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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