Thanksgiving Art and Crafts

We gave each child a pattern of an empty cornucopia and a stack of grocery adds. Children cut out pictures of their favorites foods and glued them into the opening in the cornucopia. We hung these up on our bulletin board and are really cute. The children recognize their own and are always pointing to it. Fun! Email me for pattern if you need it, I just googled and found it.

Fall Wreaths-

You will need:

* Small white paper plates with the middle cut out.

* Brown tempera paint

* glue or paste (glue stick will not work)

* natural colored raffia

* Various fall items

* Hole punch

Start out by taking your class out for a nature walk and talking about autumn while you gather leaves in various colors and shapes, berries, tiny pine cones and nuts.

I give each child a small bag to gather their goodies in so they can take them home. I gather a separate bag to use for our project .

Next let them paint the paper plate .

When it’s dry punch a hole in the top, tie on a piece of the raffia in a bow and let them glue on the items from the nature walk. Dry flat. They’re VERY cute when they’re done!!

Indian Corn- Draw and copy a picture of a piece of corn on the cob w/ squares drawn in for the piece of corn. Cut small square pieces of fall color paper, or have child cut. Glue on cob. Add 2 brown corn husks, one on each side. For toddlers, I put on the dots of glue. Both ages, you could add color coded marker dots to cob squares for 1:1 matching.

Indian Corn


Paper towel roll

Paper Lunch bag

Styrofoam popcorn (or peanuts)



Yellow Ribbon


Put glue around the bottom 2 inches of the paper towel roll and going up the “back” of the roll. Put glue around 2 inches on the top too leaving a small section in the front glue free. Stick the roll into the paper bag and squish the bag to the roll on the bottom and the top and to the “back”. Use scissors to cut husks that fold down to expose the kernels. I cut three husks. Put glue all over the open part of the “cob” and glue cut up pieces of the Styrofoam popcorn to the cob. When it dries have the children paint the kernels red, purple, yellow, orange, brown to make it Indian corn for Thanksgiving or all yellow for regular corn. We left the paper bag brown for the Indian corn but I’d have them paint or color it green for “fresh” or regular corn. I then took yellow ribbon (curling ribbon) and taped a few pieces in the top inside of the tube and tore them each into about 3 pieces (lengthwise) to make them curl a bit and it is the corn silk. I wish I could submit a picture it is so cute. We used counting to count the kernels, sensory to feel the popcorn and crinkle the bag, and colors for the different color kernels.

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