Thanksgiving is a time for families to gather and of course eat lots of yummy food. As the food is cooking, it’s also a great time to keep the little ones busy with some fun crafts to pass the time. Not only will the kiddos be entertained, they will also be creating keepsakes to capture this moment in time and look back on for years to come.
These turkey are a fun and easy way to engage the little ones while family may be in the kitchen, cleaning, or hanging out with a few drinks enjoying a football game or two. It’s a simple way to keep the young ones entertained while getting their hands a little dirty – what kid doesn’t love that?!
- Small canvas squares
- Craft Paint
- Magnetic tape
- Permanent Marker
1. Paint the first four fingers of your kiddos hand with craft paint, you can use whatever colors you’d like, but we used traditional fall colors. Press on the bottom of the canvas, and let dry for a few minutes. This will be the turkey feathers.
2. Paint the thumb brown and press in the middle of the feathers and let dry. This will be the turkey body.
3. Add a little phrase at the top “Mommy’s, Grandma’s (or whatever name you would like) little Turkey!” Don’t forget to add some little eyes and the nose to your little turkey’s face.
4. On the back, add a strip of magnetic tape and also add the name of the kiddo, their age, and the date.
Once everything is dry, hang on any magnetic surface.
Fall Tree Painting
Looking for a last minute craft? This one requires little to no planning as you might already have some of these things around the house! All you need is a printer, paint, and some kind of vegetable! For this craft, we used broccoli, but you can also cut a carrot in half and use it like a stamp.
- The steps are easy to follow, just choose your paint colors for a fall tree, dip your broccoli into the paint (be sure to dab off any excess on a paper plate or napkin, then stamp away on the tree printable!
This craft is a little more involved and could be good for older kiddos in the group. Although we’re using an embroidery hoop, there is no sewing, just a little use of hot glue or any kind of fabric glue you may have.
- Small embroidery hoop
- Flannel fabric
- 6 buttons
- Coordinating felt
- Twine or raffia
- Hot Glue
- Unscrew the outer hoop from the inner hoop. Add a piece of flannel around the smaller hoop, add the larger hoop around it and tighten the screw.
2. Cut off any extra fabric sticking out from the hoop.
3. Using the hot glue gun add two buttons for the eyes.
4. Using the coordinating felt fabric cut a small triangle, glue it with one of the points pointing up between the eyes leaving the flat part at the bottom.
5. Unravel the twine to give the appearance of hair and glue to the hoop.
6. Again using the coordinating felt, cut a little hat and glue on top of the hair.
7. Finish off the project by adding a little sunflower.
Toilet Paper Pumpkin
Last but not least, a paper pumpkin. This craft is perfect for adults to do too as it creates a super cute and affordable home decor for the holidays.
- Roll of toilet paper
- Flannel fabric
- Fake leaves
- Small stick or cinnamon stick
1.Cut a piece of fabric into a large square approximately 24” x 24” depending on the size of your roll of toilet paper.
2. Pick up a corner and stick inside the hole in the middle, working around the toilet paper roll until all of the material is tucked in.
3. Place a faux floral leaf in the middle and poke either a small stick or cinnamon stick in the middle.
If you’re looking for more ideas, have a coloring station with coloring books and crayons. Have the kiddos write a letter to Santa. (Not only keeps them busy, but could give be super helpful to the parents.) Make a thankful jar and have everyone write their favorite memory from the year or something that they’re thankful for and stick it inside. Then a year later pull it out and read through the messages. Having something fun to do not only passes time until it’s time to eat, but also creates even more memories with your loved ones. This year and always it’s important to take the time to slow down and enjoy our time together.