Crafty Kids: Thanksgiving Edition


Will there be kids joining you this Thanksgiving holiday? If so, we’re sharing a few of the favorite activities and craft ideas we’ve found to keep them entertained. Their parents and your guests will thank you!

  1. Tabletop Turkey
  1. Paint a paper cup brown. Turn the cup upside down and glue apom-pom to the top of the cup for the head.
  2. Cut nine 4-inch leaf shapes from different colors of construction paper. Fold a 1-inch-square piece of orange construction paper in half; cut a triangle shape out of the folded paper for the beak. Using a 2-inch square of red paper folded in half, cut a heart shape to create the turkey’s wattle.
  3. Glue the beak and wattle to the pom-pom. Add googly eyes. Glue on the “feathers.”
  1. Native Necklace
  1. Remove the top ring of a paper cup. Punch 2 holes in the top of the ring and 1 hole in the bottom center. Paint the ring.
  2. Cut a 20-inch piece of cord. String 1 bead on each end. Make a loop and place one end through each top hole. String a fewwooden beads onto the cord, creating a “Y” shape. Push 2 cords through the center hole. Add a single bead to keep in place.
  3. Attach a feather and bead to each end of the cord to finish.
  1. Feather Place Mats
  1. Trace the largest plate you’ll be using on pieces of scrapbook paper. Cut out circles.
  2. Glue feathers along edges, leaving paper centers blank (they’ll be covered by the plates).
  1. Fun Idea: Hunt for Turkey Feathers
    Buy a bunch of colorful feathers at a crafts store and hide them around the yard or house, then do a T-Day version of an Easter-egg hunt. Kids can use the feathers they collect to design a Native American headdress.
  1. Fun Idea: Appreciate Your Guests
    Make place cards for everyone who will be attending your feast. Then ask your childto think of one reason she’s thankful for each person and write it on the back. Guests can read them aloud!


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