Thanksgiving Art and Crafts


Use multi-colored feathers or feather shapes with toothpicks or craft stick attached to them. Make a turkey head and attach a stick. Insert the feathers and head into a large potato. Makes a cute centerpiece.


Multi-colored Turkey hand

Paint the child’s palm brown and then paint each finger using one color for each finger: red, green, yellow, and orange. Have child press hand on piece of paper. After the paint dries you can add the eye, beak, and that little red dangly thing under the beak.

Another version to Ricks is to paint the palm and thumb brown. Then across the fingers with red yellow and green. Instead of each finger a different. color- all fingers are three colors. I wish I could show you one, they are really cute!(teacher of toddlers)


“Spice Turkeys”–trace child’s hand. Let them “paint” glue on palm and fingers w/brush. Let them sprinkle on different Thanksgiving spices on fingers–nutmeg, salt, pepper, cinnamon, allspice, or the like. Let them smell the scents of a Thanksgiving dinner! (Good for teaching the 5 senses, too.)


With all the great painting ideas we use at this time of year. Always put a squirt of dish detergent in the paint. It helps with the clean up. The brushes, sponges and children’s hands clean up with ease. They do not need any extra soap.

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