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Holiday Activities: Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids


Thanksgiving crafts for kids are a great way to learn more about the holiday and show off their creative flair at the same time. These crafts can be easily adapted to all ages and skill levels. They are also perfect to use as centerpieces for the Thanksgiving table! To get started, make sure to place newspaper on top of your crafting table to keep things neat and tidy, and encourage your kids to get creative!

Paper Cornucopias

Using a paper plate makes this craft easy and fun!


  • 9" paper plate
  • Masking tape
  • Coffee filters
  • Markers, crayons, paint, stickers, glitter--you name it!
  • Candy, fruit and nuts

To get started, roll the paper plate into a cone shape, securing with tape. Make sure you bend the end of the cone a little to make it look authentic. Have your kids decorate the outside of the cornucopia with markers, crayons, paint, and even stickers and glitter. Slip a coffee filter into the wide end, and have your kids fill it with candies, nuts and dried fruit.

Leaf Prints

Laminate these or cover with contact paper and turn them into lovely Thanksgiving placemats.


  • Paper (white computer paper works best)
  • A variety of leaves
  • Crayons

Go for a nature walk with your kids and have them pick out a variety of leaves. Make sure you steer clear of poison ivy, poison oak, and sumac.

Place a leaf under a sheet of paper--you may have to hold the paper and leaf steady if your child is too young to manage by herself.

Rub the crayon over the paper to bring out the leaf design. This technique is called a "rubbing" and can be used with a variety of objects that have interesting texture.

Pine Cone Turkeys

These are perfect for display on the holiday table!


  • Pine cones
  • Construction paper
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • "wiggly eyes" (optional)

If you get your pine cones by going on a nature walk, place them on a cookie sheet and bake them in the oven at 200 degrees for 45 minutes to kill any insects or mites.

Stack 3-4 pieces of construction paper, then trace your child's hand. Cut around your child's hand print, and fan the hands out slightly. This will work as the turkey's tail. Glue to the blunt end of the pine cone using craft glue.

On a piece of red construction paper, draw the turkey's head and cut out. Draw eyes and a beak on it. You can do this freehand, or find a pattern online. Glue the head to the front of the pine cone. You can also add wiggly eyes from a craft store if you prefer.

Handprint Turkeys


  • Paint
  • Paper
  • Markers

This is the simplest of Thanksgiving crafts, but it's a lot of fun to do!

Have your child dip his hand into brown paint. Place his hand on the piece of paper. Once the paint dries, you can draw a beak, eyes, and turkey legs using a marker.

These Thanksgiving crafts will keep your little ones occupied and provide a whimsical addition to your holiday d├ęcor! They also make excellent keepsakes for your guests.

Sarah Baker is a documentary filmmaker and writer currently living in New Bern, NC. Her first book, Lucky Stars: Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, will be published December 2009. Read more about her.

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