Thanksgiving Art and Crafts


Send home a cut-out feather shape home for family and child to decorate together. You will be amazed at the creativity. I used to theme being thankful for family. I drew a bear-but turkey on the bulletin board and added each decorated turkey to make it’s tail. It was awesome! The title was “Feathers that have it All Together” The parents loved it.


Using an overhead projector, i traced a turkey on white paper. I painted the body brown (you could also have your kids do the painting). Using various colored tissue paper, The children then ball up the tissue paper and glue it down. Yellow for the beak, feet and a feather, blue for the eyes and a feather, red the the wattle and a feather. Don’t forget other colors for the feathers! (orange, green, black, brown, white, purple, etc)

I then cut out the finished turkey to hang on the door (or wall) It looks great! I did this 2 years ago, and I’m still getting compliments on it!


Give each of the children a piece of construction paper and a straw. In the middle of the paper put a small puddle of brown paint. Let the children use their straw to move the paint around, this will be the body of the turkey. You then put several small puddles of paint on the top edge of the brown splotch in different colors, green, orange, red, and yellow. These will form the tail feathers. Have the children blow these up and out. Give them each a beak, wattle, eyes and feet to glue on. Very cute.


One year, we did turkey magnets – I precut ( saves time! ) brown circles – large for body, small for head – & different colored feathers. The children glued the head on the body ( overlap them a little ) & the feathers on the back, behind the head. Don’t forget to have them make a face on their turkey! When dry, on each feather we wrote “I am thankful for” & then their answer. You could also write “I am thankful for” on the body & the answers on the feathers. Then on the back, glue a small magnet to go on the fridge!


Take a paper towel roll and glue popcorn packing peanuts on to the tube. Place the tube in a brown paper lunch sack with three strips cut down 3/4 of the way to represent the husk leaves. glue the top of the paper towel roll and bottom to the lunch bag. Have the kids paint the “peanuts” once everything is dry the Indian corn colors (brown, purple, yellow, orange). You can also glue in the top of the towel roll some yellow yarn or ribbon to represent the corn silk. Looks great.

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