Thanksgiving is a fun and great time to help preschoolers grasp and appreciate the idea of giving thanks and being grateful for what they have in life. The following craft activities are light-hearted, simple, beautiful and engaging for preschoolers and will definitely put them in a Thanksgiving mindset.
Paper Plate Turkey:
Fake craft eyes that “move”
Assorted sizes of paper plates
Construction paper in Thanksgiving colors (red, yellow, orange, brown)
Color coordinated ribbon for hanging
Child safe paints in the color brown
Paint the paper plates in brown child safe paint and let them dry. Glue the smaller paper plate near the top of the larger paper plate. Make sure that all the decorations and gluing is done while the paper plates are face down. Glue the eyes in place. Cut out shapes in various Thanksgiving colors for the turkey’s feathers, beak, wings, and feet. You can have a “tracing guide” cut out of a sturdier cardboard or cardstock piece to have the children trace of the turkey’s parts. When all the turkey parts are cut out, glue them in the appropriate places: the feet near the bottom, the wings under the smaller plate and on the sides of the larger paper plate, the feathers behind the larger plate, and the beak with the “gobble gobble” (wattle) next to it. You can have the children trace the outline of the turkey in regular glue and sprinkle with color coordinate glitter. Allow to try, attach the ribbon near the top and hang.
Wreath of Thanks
Various construction paper in Thanksgiving Colors
Ribbon or Yarn to hang
Permanent, child safe markers
Craft bows in Thanksgiving colors/designs
Have the children trace their hands (splayed out) on various sheets of construction paper. After the tracing is done, cut out the hand shapes and arrange them in a circle made to resemble a wreath. Glue the hands together to keep the wreath shape intact. Glue the Thanksgiving bow near the bottom end of the wreath, and attach the yarn or ribbon near the top of the wreath, on the back. Have the children write a different reason they are thankful this season on each of the hands. This can be an individual project for the kids to take home, or a classroom project where one child writes on reason to be thankful for on their own cut out of their hand.