Thanksgiving Art and Crafts

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!

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.

For Thanksgiving, use a clear plastic glove as your turkey. Fill each of the fingers, except for the thumb, with fall colored tissue paper. Fill the thumb with brown tissue paper, The rest of the body can be filled with popcorn, or candy corn. Tie the bottom tightly with a twist tie. Glue two eyes on both sides of the thumb and a triangle construction paper nose. Send this home to be enjoyed with your child’s family!!

I do a variation of several of the placemat and turkey ideas I see on the site. I paint the child’s palm and thumb brown, the fingers different colors, and print it on a template of a dinner plate. After it dries, the child glues the plate in the middle of the placemat. Napkin, fork, knife, and spoon are placed in the proper place settings on either side. I put in the little rhyme about the turkey being special because it is the child’s hand, along with the child’s name and Thanksgiving 2001, or whatever year it is. Then I laminate it. The child uses the mat at our school Thanksgiving feast, and then takes it home. It provides a complete template for how to set the table. Parents love it!

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