40 Thanksgiving crafts and activities for kids

Simple Thanksgiving crafts

Photo credit “D Sharon Pruitt”

Thanksgiving is almost upon us and many of you have requested some ideas for Thanksgiving crafts. Here is a collection of  crafts and activities from around the web. Thank you to all of the bloggers who shared their ideas with me to create this fabulous round up. There are ideas for art, craft, sensory and fine motor play, cooking with kids, educational activities and ideas for teaching kids about gratitude. I hope you find a few ideas to do with your children or students this Thanksgiving season. Have fun!


Bake some super cute Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies (Play Dr Mom)

Create a cute (and edible!) centerpiece with this Thanksgiving Popcorn Turkey Craft (Two Big Two Little)

Be inspired by some yummy Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes (Living Life Intentionally)

Have fun creating a turkey with this math based turkey craft (Blog Me Mom)

Practise shape recognition with these adorable Shape Turkeys (Housing a Forest)

Use Thanksgiving symbols to create Thanksgiving stories (Teach Preschool)

More shape recognition with this colorful Geometric Turkey Toddler Craft (Blog Me Mom)

Here is a great round up of Montessori Inspired Thanksgiving Activities (Living Montessori Now)

This FREE printable Thanksgiving math pack will add some fun to learning Math (Royal Baloo)

Here is another FREE printable Thanksgiving pack for 2 – 8 year olds with over 120 pages of fun activities. (3Dinosaurs)

Get the kids thinking about gratitude with this lovely Thankful Thanksgiving Tree (Mama Smiles)

Here is another beautiful Thankfulness Tree. I love the creative way that Megan displayed her tree (Coffe Cups and Crayons)

Love this gorgeous (and simple) Fall Leaf Gratitude Chain (Mama Smiles)

Short on time? How about this beautiful, simple and thoughtful craft Thankful Hands (Mama Smiles)

Teach kids about gratitude with this adorable Thankful Turkey Craft (Train Up A Child As We Grow)

Another idea for teaching gratitude is this cute and simple to make Thankful Heart Turkey (Craft to Art)

Remember what you are grateful for with this elegant Thankful Tree (Make: Craft)

Help kids learn the meaning of gratitude with a Journey To The Gratitude Garden (All Done Monkey)

This beautiful post is full of ideas for teaching kids about gratitude through acts of kindess. (Kindergarten and Preschool for Parents and Teachers)

Decorate a pumpkin with Indian corn (Craft to Art)

Make your own Indian corn (Boy Mama Teach Mama)

There are lots of ideas in this post from The Educator’s Spin On It. I particularly adore the turkey finger puppets and the Coffee Filter Turkeys.

Adorable, simple, and quick – just my type of craft! Paper Roll Turkey (Mess For Less)

Go on a nature walk and use fall leaves to make a turkey (Domestic Goddesque)

Make a bright and colorful Paper Plate Turkey (My Buddies and I)

Make this adorable Turkey Handprint Apron (Kids Activities Blog)

Get the whole family involved with a Turkey Hand Print Family Portrait (Blog Me Mom)

Why stop at hand prints? Get your kids’ feet involved too! Turkey Hand and Foot Print Craft (Two Big Two Little)

Another oh-so-cute and colorful Turkey Footprint Craft (Royal Baloo)

Here’s a classic Hand Print Turkey with feathers for the tail. (Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails)

Have fun mixing fall colors with this Spin Art Thanksgiving Turkey (Two Big Two Little)

Recycle your water bottles and make this Bottled Turkey Craft (The Iowa Farmer’s Wife)

Make a turkey using play dough and a pumpkin (Craft to Art)

Get your craft on and make this gorgeous Turkey Hand Print T-Shirt (See Vanessa Craft)

I love the tissue paper turkey in this Thanksgiving Preschool Crafts post (Mama Smiles)

If you have some do-a-dot markers, download and color these Thanksgiving Mosaics (This Reading Mama)

Make a Handprint Turkey using Thanksgiving spices. (Two Big Two Little)

Make a Thanksgiving sensory tub (Counting Coconuts)

Dye some pasta in fall colors and have some Sensory Fall Pasta Play (Living Life Intentionally)

Have fun creating and learning with Corn Fun Crafts and Sensory Play (We Can Do All Things)

Make a batch of Pumpkin Pie Playdough (Two Big Two Little)

More play dough fun with Turkey and Stuff’n Play Dough (My Buddies and I)

I hope you find something here to inspire you. If that’s not enough to keep you busy this Thanksgiving, Two Big Two Little has another brilliant round up of Thanksgiving ideas. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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20 thoughts on “40 Thanksgiving crafts and activities for kids”

    1. Thank you for your kind words and thank you for being part of this round up. My son saw this post for the first time yesterday and he was so excited. Do you know which picture he chose from the collage that he said he wants to make first? Your bottle turkey! Popping over now to link up to the Sunday Showcase.

  1. Okay, here’s my problem. I LOVE the idea of all these cool projects but my daughter doesn’t!

    I tried the colored pastas…she wrinkled her nose when I tried to show her you PLAY with them.
    I tried homemade play-dough…who doesn’t like play-dough?!! Rachel, THAT’S who.
    I’ve made her several different sensory bins. She takes the large items out and puts them aside…then leaves.
    I made her a batch of colored rice and gave her spoons, etc. (like the girl with the popcorn)…she dumped it out and walked off banging two of the bowls together, then came back later for a big spoon to bang on the bowls like drums (I secretly called THAT one a success because she, at LEAST, played with a part of it!!!)!
    She’ll play in a sandbox. She’ll play with dirt, rocks & sticks. Even when she’s turning purple & shivering…I can’t get her away from a water source!!!
    How, how, HOW do I get her interested in something ELSE?!!

    P.S. – Water beads were a success until she insisted on eating them…no matter WHAT I said or did. But that’s been about it, aside from markers & pens…NOT crayons or pencils though!

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