Thanksgiving Art and Crafts

Turkey Sweatshirts: Each child brings in a sweatshirt. Their hand-print is placed on the center of shirt . Paint palm and thumb brown, remaining fingers with assorted bright colors for feathers. Orange feet and red “gobbler” can be added by child with fine brushes.

Potato turkeys will make kids proud and parents smile. Very simple, but a little work on your part… each child gets a potato. cut out small colorful feathers from construction paper and have children glue two (facing each other) onto toothpicks. once dry, stick the other end of the toothpicks into the back of the potato. You can make a head with waddle the same way and have them put googly eyes on before they stick them in. These are really great and give kids a chance to feel artistic and successful.

Cut a paper plate into eighths like a pie. Color or paint the edge brown. Paint the rest orange, while it is still wet, sprinkle pumpkin pie spice on. Finish with a cotton ball. Voila, a slice of spice (pumpkin pie)

Have each child bring a potato to school. Cut feather shapes out and glue them to tooth picks. Allow the children to stick the feathers into the potato to make a turkey. Add wiggly eyes and other shapes from foam. My kids loved this activity.

This a great family project or preschoolers it love too!! Draw two corn cob shapes onto white construction paper. Have children cut out the shapes. Pop 2 cups of popcorn. (Children love to eat the popcorn, so make a little extra) Staple top of cobs together, spread bottom apart. Put red, yellow, and brown dry tempra paint into 3 different zip lock bags. Put small amount of popcorn into each bag, and shake until desired color. Put dots of glue all over the corn cobs and place popcorn onto the glue. Staple real corn husks to the top of corn cobs. These make beautiful table or window decorations!!

Share an idea you have used in your classroom or at home that pertains to this theme.