Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts
Have an outline of a turkey pre-traced on white construction paper. Next, have the children use markers to add ground and sky. They can also color in the turkey’s feet and an eye so he can see. Then use feather dusters dipped in yellow and brown paint to create a feathered look on the turkey. The feather dusters are great to use with little hands and they are very inexpensive. I usually ask my parents to donate a couple at the beginning of each year.
Placemats for Preschool Thanksgiving Feast. Have various Thanksgiving colored 8 1/2 x 11 construction paper. Using different colored paints ( red, green, yellow, brown, and orange) Dip a marble into the paint then roll the marble onto the paper inside a box to keep the marble from escaping. These make some beautiful, colorful, and unique placemats for the parents to eat on.
My four-year-old class made Placemats last year, they turned out so cute. I asked parents to send in a plain white, off-white, (or even light yellow would work) placemat. (Dollar General $1 ea.) Then the children used their hands to print turkeys, also, I had a leaf stamp and Thanksgiving stickers, and silk, fall leaves. After they dried, I covered the placemats with contact paper. The children used them for our Thanksgiving Luncheon, the parents thought they were wonderful!
AGE: any OBJECTIVE: Students will create a collage of leaves, berries, and ribbon for a decoration for Christmas or Thanksgiving. MATERIALS: Dried berries, leaves, ribbon, glue, and form wreath. DIRECTIONS: 1) Have children glue pieces of berries, ribbon, and leaves on the wreath. 2) Children should fill all areas that are opened. 3) After completing wreath, the child can give as a gift or the teacher could hang them around the room.
Name place-cards: Cut white or colored poster board into sizes approx. 3 x 2. Have the children write (or write for them) the name of each family member onto a card. When finished with each place card name have the children glue a BUGGEL brand chip (the kind that looks like triangles) at an angle with the pointed end towards the side-top and the opened end at the middle bottom. Then glue approx. 3-4 RUNTS fruit-shaped candies around the bottom of the opened Buggel chip. The shapes come in grapes, apples, banana, and oranges. They look really cute, were simple and fast plus the children will have added something to the Thanksgiving table.
Another Indian corn idea…use a corn shape cut out of tag board. Cut fall colors of tissue paper into small square an inch or so. The children wad up small squares of tissue paper and glue it on the shape. Add twisted paper craft ribbon untwisted) for the husks. An easy but great fine motor activity and pretty too!
For a terrific Thanksgiving display, create a large turkey outline in the center of the bulletin board. For the “feathers”, use different shoes dipped in paint making prints upwards from the turkey. Use bold colors-reds, purples, oranges. Finish the bulletin board by adding the gobbler, beak & face to your turkey. Add a pilgrim hat on top. Bulletin board reads: We’re in Step for Thanksgiving! This is adorable!
for a variation on the napkin ring idea, have children roll their cut down toilet paper or paper towel rolls in Indian corn.
For Thanksgiving, we made turkeys from small paper plates. We painted one plate brown. Then we staple half of another paper plate behind and toward the top of the painted plate. The children added small, crushed pieces of various colored tissue paper on the tail portion to give color. We then let them make their own head, waddle, feet with small scraps of construction paper. They then named their turkeys and we put them on our Turkey Farm. They were adorable.
Thanksgiving Table Cloth:
As many schools and classrooms prepare for their annual Thanksgiving Feast, add excitement to the big day by having the children decorate their very own tablecloth. Purchase a plain white paper tablecloth and the children can be creative using fall/Thanksgiving colors. As an idea, you can make turkey hands or just let the children have fun by inventing their own Thanksgiving creations!
Water down some tempera paints or use liquid watercolors. Sharpen the end of a large feather and dip it in the paint to write as the Pilgrims did, with a turkey feather!