Thanksgiving themed crafts are a great way to get your children engaged in the celebrations and learn about some of the traditions.
We have put together some easy craft ideas for your toddler that can mostly be done with paper, glue, and a little bit of paint. You may need to help out with some of the cutting, and assembly of these various turkeys.
But there is plenty in here that a toddler can be self sufficient with and possibly keep them busy while you are running back and forth to the kitchen preparing the real-life turkey!
You will also find some video tutorials to help get you started with some of the craft projects.
6 Thanksgiving Crafts for Toddlers
1. Handprint Turkey
- Assorted colored Paper
While there is a little bit of precision cutting involved in this hand turkey, you get a lot of mileage for your work when you cut multiple layers of paper at a time. Just trace around a hand, cut around the trace with the paper 4-5 layers deep if you have decent scissors.
Similar process with the wings. Depending on how many turkeys you plan to make you will have enough for 3-4 turkeys in one cut doing the same thing.
Your toddler can pick out their favorite turkey colors to create a vibrant mix of feathers that will really pop.
2. Footprint Turkey
- Bond paper
- Acrylic paint
This Turkey Footprint was a fun but messy project!
Kids love getting their hands and feet painted up so they can leave their own stamp on things. With this thanksgiving turkey comprising entirely of hand and footprints they will have a strong sense of ownership of the finished product.
They also make a nice keepsake for years to come. You get a snapshot in time of those little feet that will never be the same again.
With the decoration being able to be stored flat, you can store them easily and pull them out in subsequent years.
3. Painted Handprint Turkey
This handprint turkey wasn’t actually part of our preschool week, but was was our invitation to Thanksgiving dinner for our families.
I painted Reid’s hand and then he stamped them onto the foam.
On the back I invited everyone to Thanksgiving with all the details and such.
4. Paper Plate Turkey
- Paper Plate
- Brown, Red and Yellow Colored Paper
- Acrylic Paint
- Paint Brush
While the list of materials is a bit longer for the paper plate turkey project, it is a very simple one to put together.
Your toddler can get as creative as they please in their color selection and after some basic cutting it is a fun session of broad painting of the various pieces before assembly.
The resulting turkey face looks a little bit weird, but that is half the fun.
It may not keep as well as other projects on this list due to the paint, and because it’s not flat. But it will brighten up your thanksgiving celebration for sure.
5. Thanksgiving Turkey Hat
- Assorted Colored Paper
This is a very practical addition to your thanksgiving dinner. Your children can take great pride in preparing these quirky hats that everyone can wear at the table (or maybe just for dessert).
While they look complicated, they are actually very simple to make, and is almost entirely paper and glue.
The tutorial below will walk you through each step.
6. Tissue Paper Fall Wreaths
We also made these fall wreaths this week. I cut the middle circle out of paper plates and cut colored tissue paper into large squares.
Reid crinkled the tissue paper and then used a glue stick to add it to the paper plate wreath.
Just a few simple toddler crafts that we did in preparation for Thanksgiving. Besides the cutting and tacky glue Reid did pretty much everything by himself.
This is a more polished addition to your front door and will definitely get a few smiles from your guests as they arrive for Thanksgiving dinner.
It is relatively simple to make with some foam and felt being the main materials needed. You can then paint to suit the colors that you want.
It is a quirky addition to your household decorations this year.
So there is our list of thanksgiving craft ideas for toddlers. We hope that you had fun working through the tutorials and preparing these decorations for your thanksgiving dinner.
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