Fun and easy Thanksgiving DIY crafts to do with your kids
Every parent loves a hand turkey. You know, the classic Thanksgiving decoration made by tracing your kids’ hands on construction paper and turning their fingers into crafty turkey feathers.
But while hand turkeys have been adorning refrigerators in November for decades, there are so many other seasonal projects to whip up with the kiddos this month, too. Here are three of our other favorite, fun Thanksgiving DIY crafts to do with your kids—in addition to the classic hand turkey. You gotta do the hand turkey.
The leaf turkey, a not-so-distant cousin of the hand turkey, is a craft collaboration between your kids and Mother Nature. Head outside and collect colorful leaves (different shaped leaves will yield different turkey tails) and glue them to your construction paper bird torso. We love these tips from the blog Crafty Morning.
Who can do this? Kids of all ages—even toddlers can collect leaves. Older kids can decorate the turkey face and cut out the body, too.
What you need: Glue, construction paper, scissors. Googly eyes, buttons or other adornments optional. Get a variety of shapes of googly eyes for super cheap at Walmart, and, oh, by the way, while you’re there, check out the book, 101 Things to Make and Do with Googly Eyes.
Who can do this? All ages. You could even guide a new baby’s hand to add her tiny fingerprints to the craft. Older kids will enjoy the freedom to get messy and creative.
What you’ll need: Paper, a tree outline (Lacking artistic skills? Check out these free printable trees for thumb-print projects courtesy of One Fab Day), a few ink pads in red, orange, yellow and brown. Or simply use finger paint.
A thankful tree
This craft is not only adorable, but it’s also a good practice in the purpose of Thanksgiving. The premise: Write down things you are thankful for on little construction paper leaves and hang them on a tree—either a real tree, some dead branches from a tree outside or a tree that you draw. There are so many variations for this tree that your kids can really flex their creative muscles. It can be as simple or elaborate as you wish. It’s sort of a Thanksgiving Christmas tree.
Who can do this? Younger kids can tell you what they’re thankful for and you can write it (or help them write it) on the leaves. Let older kids have a goal to fill a certain number of leaves—or even a friendly competition.
What you’ll need: Depends on how you want your tree to look. At the very least, you’ll need construction paper and a pen. Hang the leaves via tape, yarn or ornament hooks. Ideas:
A tree with a branch from the yard placed in a silver pail.
A floor-to-ceiling tree made out of newspaper.
A tree using tiny chalkboard ornaments instead of paper leaves.
A repurposed Christmas tree.