Thanksgiving Arts 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!


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 effect. 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!


Potato turkeys will make kids proud and parents smile. Very simple, but a little work on your part… each child gets a potato. cut out small colorful feathers from construction paper and have children glue two (facing each other) onto toothpicks. once dry, stick the other end of the toothpicks into the back of the potato. You can make a head with waddle the same way and have them put googly eyes on before they stick them in. These are really great and give kids a chance to feel artistic and successful.


This a great family project or preschoolers it love too!! Draw two corn cob shapes onto white construction paper. Have children cut out the shapes. Pop 2 cups of popcorn. (Children love to eat the popcorn, so make a little extra) Staple top of cobs together, spread bottom apart. Put red, yellow, and brown dry tempera paint into 3 different zip lock bags. Put small amount of popcorn into each bag, and shake until desired color. Put dots of glue all over the corn cobs and place popcorn onto the glue. Staple real corn husks to the top of corn cobs. These make beautiful table or window decorations!!


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 waddler. 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.


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 doorknob) in the turkey’s tummy. Provide feathers or feather cutouts 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.

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