It’s almost Thanksgiving! Get your kids involved with these fun Thanksgiving craft ideas!
My kids love making crafts! Every year we always end up making a lot of crafts for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is my favorite time of year! I’m always looking for new craft ideas, so I wanted to share with you my ideas for this year.
Handprint Thanksgiving Crafts
I like to go back to my childhood, remembering things that I enjoyed making for holidays. One of my favorites was a hand turkey. You know, you trace your hand and decorate it as a turkey? That was fun. As an alternative, I think I’m going to create a “family” version. Each one of us will trace our hand on either green, brown, yellow or orange construction paper. Then we will glue them all together to create a wonderfully varied turkey! Add googly eyes and the turkey body and you have a perfect Thanksgiving craft! Here’s the original post where I found this idea.
This next craft is supposed to be placing your family’s handprints on the wall…however, I don’t want to put my decorations on the wall. I want to be able to pack it away so I can bring it out again next year! With that in mind, my suggestion is to find another medium. Using some type of water based paint (for easy clean-up of course!), have everyone in your family make a handprint on the item of your choice. Here are some of my suggestions:
- Ceramic tiles
- Poster board
- Shadow Box
- Place Mats
Really, the list goes on and on…hopefully I have stirred up your creative juices, so that you can come up with a few ideas of your own! My point here is to make something that can last a lifetime (or at least a few years). Take it out in 5 or even 10 years and see how little your kids’ hands were!
Here you’ll find directions for a fun hand print turkey that includes Mom & Dad’s hand print! Using construction paper, glue and googly eyes, create a beautiful picture you can put on your refrigerator this holiday season. It contains all the beautiful colors of fall and the kids will love the googly eyes! There’s even a poem included:
To Mommy & Daddy with Love
From [insert kids’ names here]
We will never be this size again
keep this picture to remember when
Next, we have a really neat craft that you can save for years to come! Your child can create his or her hand print on a surface of your choice, and include a cute little poem!! Here’s the poem:
This isn’t just a turkey as you can plainly see.
I made it with my hand which is a part of me.
It comes with lots of love especially to say,
I hope you have a very, Happy Thanksgiving Day!
The poem and original idea for this craft can be found here, along with both color & black and white printable templates. Get creative! How about creating the hand print outline and cutting it out of vinyl? You can then add it to a ceramic tile and overlay the poem. That would make a wonderful Thanksgiving decoration for years to come!
Another idea is to place the hand print in a shadow box, and paint the words of the poem on the glass. Use the ideas to create your own special holiday memories. 🙂
“I am Thankful For” Crafts
Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks, right? Remembering all the good things that we have to be thankful for? Well here are some awesome ideas for crafts to show what we are all grateful for, to start teaching kids how to be grateful. 🙂
All of these involve having the children think about what they are thankful for, and write it down as a tangible reminder. I think this is an important, as we are told in many places in the Bible to be thankful. Here is one verse I feel is important:
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Without any further ado, here are some fun thankful crafts!
Use a toilet paper roll for the body of a turkey, use construction paper to create the beak and that dangly thing under the beak (sorry, I have no idea what it’s called!). Then cut out some “leaves” and have your children write down one thing they’re grateful for on each leaf. These leaves will then be glued to the paper plate, which is glued to the toilet paper roll turkey. It’s a beautiful, fun way for your kids to create a nice table top decoration that will remind them of everything they have to be grateful for!
I love the idea of having a “Thanksgiving Countdown” type of craft. Beginning on November 1st, your child will write one thing they are grateful for on a cutout of their hand print. You can use construction paper, cardstock, or whatever you have lying around your house. These can be hung on a sliding glass door if you have one, a wall of your choosing, or create a Thankful Collage on a poster board or science fair project board.
There are a few different ways to do this; first, you can have your child trace and cut out all of the handprints on one day, and write a new thing they are grateful for each day. You could also have your child create the entire hand print from start to finish each day. Whichever way works for you!
As an extension of this idea, you can create a Thankfulness Tree. Design a tree on your wall, poster board, a window or a glass door using either brown kraft paper, brown paper bags, cardstock or construction paper. You could also paint a tree if you chose (and if you have the talent, which I don’t…lol).
Once the tree is created, you can cut out some leaves for the tree. Continuing the idea above, each person can write one thing each day that they are grateful for. Or, if you’d rather, the entire family can write all the things they are grateful for all in one day. Your choice, whichever you’d rather do, and whichever option works best for you.
Doesn’t that look nice? I think it is a beautiful addition to any wall or door! 🙂
If you’re looking to get away from the turkey style, here’s an amazingly creative craft to illustrate gratefulness. It’s called an Overflowing Gratitude Box. See the picture below for an example. It’s such a neat concept; take the lid of the box, and it falls apart, because it’s overflowing with all of the things you’re grateful for! This craft may be best suited for older children, as the cutting and gluing may be a little difficult for little ones. See the link for full instructions on how to make this unique grateful project!
I like the box idea because it’s unique; everything else I’ve seen is all about turkeys! Not that anything is wrong with that, but it’s nice to see something different once in a while. 🙂 What are your thoughts? What types of crafts do you like to do for Thanksgiving? Please, if you make any of the crafts suggested above, share a link in the comments below! I’d love to see all of your creations (AKA your kids’ creations! LOL)