12 Crafty Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

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Scott Little
Get your kids' creative juices flowing while spending quality time together with these easy, crafty activities that are all about giving thanks and showing gratitude.
Heather Weston
Heather Weston

Send Postcards of Thanks

Send a sentiment of thanks to friends and loved ones!

Make It: Buy cardstock postcards (or make your own). Cut Thanksgiving imagery or abstract patterns from various colors of construction paper and glue to the back of the cards. Cover collaged side of card with a self-adhesive laminating sheet to protect your collage in the mail. Draw a line down the center of the other side of the card, leaving space to include a message, the recipient's address, and a postage stamp.

Heather Weston
Heather Weston

Countdown with a Thanksgiving Calendar

Inspired by an advent calendar, your family can express gratitude every day leading up to Thanksgiving.

Make It: Cut flaps off of manila envelopes. Adhere number stickers or rub-ons to each envelope, one for each day leading up to and including Thanksgiving. Hang a piece of twine or string on your wall or mantel, and clip envelopes in numerical order to the line with mini clothespins. If you have four members in your family, cut four colors of paper into thin rectangles, assigning each family member a color. On each day leading up to Thanksgiving, encourage everyone to write something they are thankful for on their respective slip of paper and put into that day's envelope.

Heather Weston
Heather Weston

Create a Family Wall of Thanks

Divide a bulletin board into equal sections for each family member to tack up notes, images, and drawings of what they cherish this holiday season.

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Scott Little
Scott Little

Deliver Turkey Thank You Cards

Thanksgiving is a great time to send notes to anyone your child may be thankful for, including teachers, parents, friends, and even firefighters.

Make It: Ask your child to use a spiral-drawing toy to draw spirals with assorted colored pencils on several pieces of white paper. When they're finished, trim the art by cutting off the bottom portion of the designs and mounting each piece on a folded piece of colored card stock. Add a cut or punched circle face to each spiral and finish off the cards by embellishing the faces with googly eyes and card-stock beaks and wattles.

Scott Little
Scott Little

Gather Leaves for a Sun-Print Banner

It's always fun to gather fallen autumn leaves, but what can you do with them? Preserve the interesting shapes by placing them on sun-print paper (found readily at teacher-supply stores) and use the exposed leaf-shape prints to make a Thanksgiving banner.

Make It: Mat eight leaf prints onto colored card stock, then add a letter to each leaf using a marker or letter sticker to spell out the word "Thankful." Punch holes in the top corners of each piece and thread twine through the pieces before hanging.

Heather Weston
Heather Weston

Start an ABC Journal

Designate a small notebook as your ABC journal. Have your little ones practice writing the alphabet, and help them draw a picture of something they are thankful for that begins with each letter.

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Heather Weston
Heather Weston

Fill a Jar of Thanks

Have everyone in the family fill a glass jar with daily notes about what they are grateful for. When Thanksgiving Day arrives, turn your collection into a colorful garland to hang over your buffet table.

Courtesy of By Sun and Candlelight
Courtesy of By Sun and Candlelight

Plant Seeds of Gratitude

Plant the seed of thankfulness with this hanging acorn ornament. Just search for acorn clip art online, print, and add some silk leaves or real leaves for decoration to the bottom. Have your family write what everyone's grateful for, and hang from a branch in your house. Add a new acorn every week or every night in the countdown to Thanksgiving.

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Courtesy of Whipperberry
Courtesy of Whipperberry

Pin a Blessings Board

Count your blessings with this clip-on message board.

Make it: Find an open frame or remove the glass pane from a frame at least 24" x 18". Then, drill some holes about two inches apart inside the sides of the frame and install screw eyes in each of the holes. Using heavy weight hemp twine, thread each of the screws going back in forth. Cut a few notecards for your kids to write their blessings and then attach them with clothespins to your twine. Add a little "thanks" sign at the top using either cardstock or sticker letters.

Heather Weston
Heather Weston

Make a Pumpkin Pie Spinner

This pumpkin pie may look good enough to eat, but it's actually an interactive spinner that reveals things your child is thankful for.

Make It: Trim the edge of a paper plate rim with scallop-edge scissors, then paint the rim with a mixture of white and brown paint to resemble the color of crust. From rust-color card stock, cut a circle to fit the center of the plate and adhere it in place. Put the plate on top of a second paper plate and poke a hole through the centers, then insert a brad through the holes. Cut a slice out of the top plate (be careful to avoid the brad), add letter stickers to the top, and handwrite thankful items to the bottom plate.

Scott Little
Scott Little

Start a Daily Giving Thanks Tradition

Kids can write something they are thankful for -- and change it each day -- on the sticky notes that are attached to the front of this Indian corn door hanger.

Make It: Start with an unfinished wooden door hanger, then paint the entire hanger with yellow paint. Then use a flat-head pencil eraser to paint multicolor dots on the hanger for the corn kernels. When the paint is dry, glue a partial stack of sticky notes to the bottom of the hanger. Using your computer, print "Today I am thankful for..." onto white card stock, and glue it to the hanger above the notes. Complete the project with raffia tied to the top of the hanger.

Scott Little
Scott Little

Go on a Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt

Create a simple book out of sandwich-size zipper bags for a thankful scavenger hunt.

Make It: Start with the book header by cutting a strip of card stock that's the same width of the bags; staple it over the bottoms of 6-8 bags. Cut pieces of card stock to fit inside each bag and use a marker or sticker letters to spell out things your child is thankful for on each piece, as well as adding lettering on the header. Then have your child find items such as leaves, photos cut from magazines, etc., to place inside each bag.

Courtesy of Chica and Jo
Courtesy of Chica and Jo

More Thanksgiving Kid Crafts

From this sweet thankful wreath to fun turkey trees, keep the fun rolling with our favorite Thanksgiving crafts your little pilgrims will love to make!

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