Thanksgiving Art and Crafts

For Thanksgiving, create your own tablecloth. Purchase plain white paper tablecloths and let the children sponge paint leaves, pumpkins, and fruit prints. You can use precut sponges and/or every day materials like , apples, leaves, pears, feathers…etc. Children will have lots of fun and parents will love to see what their kids made.

Pumpkin Turkeys

This is similar to the potato turkey, but we use the tiny gourd pumpkins. Have the children punch holes on one side of the pumpkin ( about 6 or 7)with a small nail. Push feathers in the holes. next, out of construction paper make a head shape, beak and waddle. Glue together and tape or staple to front of pumpkin (glue doesn’t work well). Attach wiggle eyes and poke one hole on each side and poke in feathers for wings. CUTE! We use them to decorate our table settings.

Using Model Magic make a ball the size of an orange. Add color to it by drawing on it with marker and mashing it in. This gives it a marbleized affect. Stick a small wooden spoon (found in craft stores) in one end of the ball and 5 colored feathers into the other end. Add detail to the spoon to make a face. This make a cute table decoration.

It’s a turkey!

Turkey Door Hangers

Using brown construction paper have children cut out Turkey shapes or provide them for the children. Cut a hole (the size of a door knob) in the turkey’s tummy. Provide feathers or feather cut outs to be glued onto the backside of the turkey. Provide facial features for the children to glue on. A cute saying printed on a small piece of paper glued to a toothpick (to make a sign) “I’ve lost my stuffing” (Glue or tape to side of turkey) For extra stability use Bristol board instead of construction paper.

i did this project with my toddlers and they loved it. Precut a yellow construction paper corn cob shape. have the children use do a dot markers aka bingo markers and create as many colored dots as they wish on the corn cob shape. I used blue, green, orange, red, and purple markers. When they finished i stapled on real corn husks. They looked so cute!

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