Thanksgiving is a great time for crafts. The seasons have changed and families are coming together. Here are a few simple crafts to help celebrate the season. These crafts require few supplies and are appropriate for small children.
Tree of thankfulness
It is important for children to express thankfulness. This activity can be completed by the entire family. Materials: construction paper, pen or pencil, tape, and scissors.
Draw a tree without leaves, or you can find one here. Using various fall colors, cut small ovals from construction paper. These will be the leaves. Have the kids write down one thing or person, for which they are thankful. One per leaf. If they are too small to write, have them say what they are thankful for and you write it down. Attach the leaves with double stick tape. Hang the tree in a prominent place.
These are great. Materials: 1 pine cone per child, glue, scissors, and construction paper. You will use the construction paper to make feathers and a head for the turkey. The turkey body is the pine cone. Draw thin ovals on the construction paper and cut them out. Glue them on the bottom end of the pine cone. Only go halfway around the pine cone. Draw and cut out the head of the turkey. Draw the eyes. Then glue this onto the front of the pine cone. Allow to dry. These look great on the table during Thanksgiving dinner. If you can’t draw here’s a turkey.
These can be made a few days before Thanksgiving. Materials: large pieces of art paper or paper bags cut to size, crayons, markers, stamps, and stamp pad. Before you begin, explain to the kids that these will be used during Thanksgiving dinner. It may get dirty. If they know this in advance they may not cry when Uncle Joe drops gravy on it. Write Happy Thanksgiving in the center. Then allow the kids to draw pictures of Thanksgiving. They can make stick figure pilgrims, hand turkeys, or thumb pumpkins. Let them be creative. Allow for plenty of drying time. On Thanksgiving Day allow the kids to help set the table. They will be so proud of their placemats on the table.
Beaded napkin rings
These are simple and can be made in a variety of ways. Materials: 18 yellow and orange pony beads, 10 inches of elastic cord, and scissors. Pony beads can be placed on the cord and then knotted. They can also be woven on and then knotted. Chose the easiest way for your age group. Trim the extra cord off. If you plan on keeping these for next year, you may want to add a dab of glue over the knots.
These are easy activities to help the kids get ready for Thanksgiving. They are fun, simple, and require few supplies. Try one today.