Thanksgiving Art and Crafts

Native American costumes: We made the usual vests from paper bags but this time we painted with sticks, evergreen bushes, dried flowers, and such. We went for a walk outside to collect our paint “brushes”.

Thanksgiving Quilt. This is a wonderful project to promote sharing and cooperative learning. Cut a piece of fadeless paper to fit snuggly on your art table. Have material and wallpaper samples cut into squares and rectangles. Have the children glue the pieces together to form a Thanksgiving Quilt for display outside of the classroom. Every so often draw a square with a marker and have the child write their name and what they are thankful for this holiday season. You can also join your quilt with quilts made in other classes to form one giant community quilt from your school. When the children fit all of these shapes together and see the end result, they are very proud of their accomplishments!! The parents particularly like their thankful squares. Have fun!

Have the children collect leaves and berries. Then they put them on contact paper, sprinkle it with glitter and then another sheet of contact paper on top. They make great Fall placemats.


Make a variety of circles on orange construction paper, let the children cut them out. I then let them “paint” glue on it and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice. If you cannot find pumpkin pie spice, you can pre-mix nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. This smells wonderful and parents will adore them.


I did this with my Mommy and Me class I teach. I got a bunch of pie tins donated from a local bakery. I then had the children dip their hand in glue and did a “hand-print” turkey in the pie tin. Next the children sprinkled the spices on their hand-print turkey made out of glue. They turned out awesome!!! Thanks, Jen for the GREAT idea 🙂


Take the students on a leaf hunt. Bring lots of leaves back to the classroom. Have a picture of a turkey for each child or one big one for the class. Let the students glue leaves on for the tail

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