I remember being a child and celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday with crafts in school and at home. These craft ideas are simple for any young child to do and they will have fun creating them.
The easiest Thanksgiving turkey for kids to create is one that is made by tracing their hands. After learning how to do this in school one year, I used to do it every year after and I would try to make the turkey look better and more unique each year. For a very young child, the simplest thing is to just to have them trace around the outside of their hand with a marker, crayon, or pencil onto a piece of construction paper. Then the child can color and decorate the turkey in any way that they want after adding a beak and some feet. The children can also add a nice decorative and colorful background.
Another way you could have children make a Thanksgiving craft turkey is to also start out with the tracing of the hand again. This time, have the children cut out the turkey shape. Then they could add things like felt wings and pipe cleaner feet.
Native American Thanksgiving Decorations
One of the easiest Thanksgiving decorations to make is a Native American vest. This can be done by taking a large brown paper bag and cutting holes in it. You want to make a large hole in the bottom for the child to fit their head through and one hole on each of the sides for them to slip their arms through. The child can then decorate it however they want with bright festive colors.
A simple way to make a Native American headdress decoration for Thanksgiving is to trace out a small strip of paper and measure it so that it fits around the child’s head. It can then be stapled or glued so that it is the perfect fit. Next, the child should trace out feather shapes onto construction paper in many different colors and cut those shapes out. These should be glued onto the strip of paper. When put on the head it should look just like a Native American headdress.
These Thanksgiving crafts are ideal for preschoolers, even though some might require a little assistance with a stapler or with measuring. Native American Thanksgiving crafts should definitely be made by preschoolers so that they learn the real reasons that this holiday is celebrated each year.