I know. There’s a lot to think about on Thanksgiving, especially if you’re hosting. Food…and beverages…and having enough actual dishes for everyone…and clean houses…and…on and on and on.
Thanksgiving crafts for kids are just one more thing to add to the pile.
But I think they can be a great addition to Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving crafts for kids keep them occupied while adults are cooking or chatting or doing other adult-y things. Crafts are also a great way to help kids warm up to relatives they haven’t seen in a while. Kids can’t usually make small talk and that sort of thing. But have everyone work together on a craft or activity and now they have common ground and something to talk about. Also? Many of these crafts double as napkin rings or placeholders and make the kids feel like they’ve contributed to the event. And they should — it’s their holiday, too.
So if it’s all too much — delegate! Put another family member in charge of kids’ crafts or activities and see what they come up with. Here are a few ideas to get everyone started:
–Coffee Filter Turkey from Buggy and Buddy — cute, fun, and requiring only a few supplies!
–Thanksgiving Tree from Mama Smiles — I’m always trying to make sure the kids don’t forget the real reason for Thanksgiving. This activity can help.
–Turkey Handprint Apron from Kids Activities Blog
–Easy Leaf Garland from Crystal & Co.
–Fall Napkin Rings from Happy Hooligans — painted with (expired…I hope) credit or gift cards! Genius
–Beaded Napkin Rings from Buggy and Buddy — beautiful and something everyone can use right away at dinner
–Oreo Turkeys from Kids Activities Blog — I’d make these up and send them home with the guests
–Reese’s Turkey Treats from Clean and Scentsible — or these.
–Pinecone Turkey from Juggling Act Mama — these are adorable and would make great placeholders for dinner
–Wine Cork Turkeys from Mamas Like Me — put all those bottles you’ve chugged to good use. Not that I’m judging. Anyway, now you have an excuse — “I’m helping the kids with craft supplies…”
–Fall Art Frame from Kids Activities Blog — go for a pre-dinner walk and collect items for these frames. Then everyone has a gift to take home after.
–Cornucopia Craft from JDaniel 4’s Mom — another craft reminding us to be thankful. So important.
–Activities for Kids on Thanksgiving Day from Edventures with Kids
–Candy Corn Turkey Craft from Crafty Morning
–Pipe Cleaner Turkey Glasses from Nina Says — these are hilarious, and there had better be at least one family photo with everyone wearing theirs…
–Turkey Place Cards from Mommy’s Bundle
–Thanksgiving Prayer Flags from Nurture Store
–Football Turkey Craft from Crafty Morning
–Thanksgiving Kids Turkey Craft from I Heart Crafty Things
–CD Turkeys from Happy Hooligans
–Pumpkin Turkey Craft from Mess for Less — make several of these for quirky centerpieces at the dinner table
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