Thanksgiving Art and Crafts


Thankful Turkey Have children paint small paper plate brown-cut out face and waddle of the turkey and the children can glue these on. Add feet and wiggle eyes. Give each child 4 colored feathers to cut out. After they have cut these out ask the child to tell you something she is thankful for and write them on the feathers. On the body of the turkey write I am thankful for….(It’s fun to hear their answers)!


Mr. Turkey
Cut a large pear shape out of brown construction paper. Staple to an empty bulletin board. Then, cut out construction paper feathers in various colors and sizes. Let the children use collage materials to decorate their feather. Staple the feathers to the turkey body and you have a group art project that is also a great Thanksgiving decoration for your classroom.


For Thanksgiving use Pinecones and construction paper in all colors to make feathers. Use some brown paper to make feet for your turkey. You will lay the pinecone on its side and glue the feet to the bottom. ( It will remain on its side) Have the children cut or you can precut feathers out of the construction paper. Glue the feathers to the pedals of the pinecones and make a beak. You now have a turkey.


We make cards for our parents for Thanksgiving. Paint the hand and thumb brown and the other fingers different colors; red, yellow, green, orange, etc. Place this on paper and after it dries, the children can use the thumb as the head and add a wiggle eye and color a red waddle. Add feet at the bottom. Make a copy of this poem and let them glue it onto their paper.

]Dear Mother and Father,
This isn’t just a turkey,
As anyone can 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!

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