Thanksgiving Art and Crafts

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Take the paper rolls from either toilet tissue or paper towels and cut them into smaller pieces. Have the children roll the tubes, (or paint on) colored glue (red, yellow, orange, brown) and then roll the tubes into a mixture of different types and colors of beans (corn, black, green pea, etc.) let dry and add a colorful, fall napkin. You have napkin holders for your class Thanksgiving Feast or celebration.


Start looking right now at your dollar stores, Walmarts, Michaels, Pic-n-Saves, etc. for Thanksgiving cookie cutters. Have the children dip them into fall colored paint and press them onto paper to create wonderful prints! You can also do this on butcher paper to create a neat background for a Thanksgiving bulletin board.


Take thoroughly cleaned and dried corn cobs and dip them into different fall colored paints. Let the children roll the corn cobs over white paper to make a very special print.


After explaining to your children how native Americans used roots, berries and vegetable liquids to dye their cloths, have the children experience the same thing. Boil up some beets, some blueberries, some broccoli, other dark green vegetables, and save the liquid that they boiled in. Make sure the liquid has cooled and then let the children use this colored liquid to paint on pieces of white cotton material. Explain to them that this is how colors were added to costumes.


Stained glass turkeys

You will need brown paint, a paper plate, 3 large sheets of brown construction paper, orange construction paper, red construction paper and various colors of tissue paper and glue.

To make the turkey you will need to cut five large feathers out of brown construction paper, then approximately 1 inch in from edge of feather, cut the center out. cut feather shapes out of tissue paper, glue to one side of feather. Paint the paper plate brown. Cut turkey head out and attach to paper plate. cut beak, and feet from the orange paper. red is for around the beak. These turkeys look very nice attached to a glass door so the sun can shine through.

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