15 Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Crafts

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For grownups, Thanksgiving is all about the food, but for your smaller guests (who may only be eating the starchy sides without anything green in them), Thanksgiving can be less appealing.

Add some fun for your kids, nieces, and nephews with one of these Thanksgiving crafts. Yes, there are the requisite hand turkeys, but there are plenty of ideas that will be new to you, too.

  • Turkey Snack Bags – That’s What Che Said: Use chocolate-covered sunflower seeds to make the festive turkey feathers in clear plastic gloves, then fill the body with popcorn or another simple snack.
  • Pilgrim and Native American Spoons – Be Crafty: Pick up a few wooden spoons at the dollar store or thrift store for this fun craft.
  • Fall Leaves Garland – A Beautiful Mess: Use paper or felt to make this simple seasonal garland.
  • Hand Turkey Placemat – Meaningful Mama: A bit of a twist on the traditional hand turkey, this burlap placemat is a great pre-Thanksgiving activity.
  • Ice Cream Cone Teepee Place Cards – Momtastic: These fun place cards use frosting as glue. It’s a sugary craft your kids are sure to love.
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  • Thanksgiving Puppets – Oh Happy Day: Use the templates to cut out all the pieces, and then let your kids glue and decorate the puppets. Even better? Have them make up a show for after-dinner entertainment.
  • Handprint Turkey Cookies – Somewhat Simple: Precut and bake the cookies so your kids can focus on decorating them. There’s no end to the kinds of sprinkles or candy that could fill in the feathers.
  • Neon Pine Cone Place Card Holder – Camille Styles: Give your kids some bright paints and brushes and let them decorate the pine cones that will adorn your table.
  • Candy-Filled Turkey Treats – Clean and Scentsible: These chocolate candy-filled turkeys are the perfect party favors for each of your guests, and fun for your kids to assemble and decorate.
  • Washi Tape Turkey – Craftaholics Anonymous: It wouldn’t be a DIY roundup without washi tape, and we think these turkeys will be pretty fun for everyone to make.
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  • Block-Printed Napkins – Imagine Gnats: This project is great for slightly older kids or tweens. Make the stamps ahead of time so they can focus on printing.
  • Thanksgiving Placemats – Ella Claire Inspired: If your kids and guests are less craft-inclined, a coloring placemat is always a good activity.
  • Thanks Banner – You Are My Fave: This felt banner can be done with spray adhesive (and adult supervision), or with the sewing machine.
  • Gold Pretzel Napkin Ring – Oh Happy Day: While not overly Thanksgiving-themed, we do love these fun, twisty napkin rings. Again, this is best done the day before when you might still have space in your oven.
  • Origami Pumpkin Garland – My Poppet: If the origami is too complicated, simply switch to making 2D paper pumpkins instead.
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