Thanksgiving Art and Crafts


Coffee Filter Turkeys

Materials needed: one regular coffee filter per child, regular crayola watercolor markers, brown construction paper, white construction paper, glue, water. Have each child color on the coffee filter using the crayola markers. Next, spray the coffee filters gently with water. The colors will bleed together to create a beautiful tail for your turkey. Next, cut large brown circles of construction paper for the turkey’s body. Cut another smaller brown circle for the head. Glue the dried coffee filter on the white paper, then the body, and finally the head. These turkeys are really something to look at!


Stained Glass Turkeys: Give the children construction paper feathers that have the inside cut out (just the outline of the feather is used). Glue 3 or 4 outlines of feathers on wax paper, then take tissue paper squares and glue them on the inside of the feather (this will be on the wax paper). After they dry, you will need to cut out the left over wax paper that surrounds the feathers. Attach a body (if you want a front view of a turkey, cut out a brown “potato” shape head/body and glue feathers on either side. If you want a side view, cut a large circle for the body and then an oval for the head. Glue eyes, feet, etc. as you desire. Hang them in the window for beautiful stained glass feathers on your turkeys. It takes some time to make, but they are so different and nice to look at, adding lots of color to your windows!


Create a Turkey with an apple, colored marshmallows and toothpicks. Take the apple and place it on a paper plate, take the colored marshmallows and place them on the toothpicks and stick them in the apple.


Cut a paper plate into eighths like a pie. Color or paint the edge brown. Paint the rest orange, while it is still wet, sprinkle pumpkin pie spice on. Finish with a cotton ball. Voila, a slice of spice (pumpkin pie)


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.

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