Thanksgiving Art and Crafts


Here is Washington we have a company called Kom-pan that makes outdoor big toys with pine logs. They drill a hole through the center of the logs. Anyway, they have 2-3 inch thick slice leftovers which they gave me free. I wrapped various colors of raffia around them. The kids would choose the color they wanted. Next they glued various colored die cut construction paper leaves on the rough bottom. On the tops they glued things I’d gathered outside like wheat heads, acorns, tiny pinecones, another tiny I think fir cone, Indian corn kernels, whatever. In the center hole we placed small glass votive candle holders I was able to get at the fabric section at Wal-Mart for 44 Cents each. I though about varying this by letting them paint the wood piece first one day or maybe let them paint coffee filter die cut leaves with water colors and then use those to glue on also. They were free to choose what and how they glued it on and it was a nice thanksgiving gift.


Thanksgiving placemats for ages 3-5

We cut out plates and Thanksgiving food from magazines and newspaper advertisements and glued them on the plates. (pumpkin pie, turkey, dressing, and even our drinks) etc. We glued these items onto a piece of regular sized construction paper the way that a place setting would be made. Then the child would write his/her name on the front or back. I took them and had them laminated and we used them for our Thanksgiving dinner and then they took them home.


I am going to have the children in our class make Turkey center pieces out of brown paper bags. First the will stuff the bag with paper then take a rubber band and divide a small section of the bag off for the head. Feathers (either real or construction paper) will be glued on the back and red felt will be used for the waddle. Children can color eyes with marker or crayons. The perfect center piece for the parents table.


For Thanksgiving, we purchased a bag of colorful ties from the local thrift shop. These ties were from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and some were quite psychedelic! We used them for the tail-feathers for the turkey. We then used Styrofoam and cut out the turkeys front and then painted it. Our them was ” Remember your family-ties at Thanksgiving”. Our school board loved the board so much that they now put it up at their office each year. WE also added paper leaves and pumpkins and stacks of hay in the back ground. It all looks 3-D.


Pine Cone Turkeys with colored feathers! I used pine cones I collected from my yard. I had seen this craft done with pipe cleaners and wanted to do feathers. When I got to JoAnn’s I found colorful feathers, pink, green, red, yellow, orange and so on. So I used them. Then I took orange pipe cleaners and made like duck feet (who will know). Then I used the red pipe cleaner to make the turkeys head, then turned it so is going flat and made the gobbler part! Just too cute – easy and fast!

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