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Engaging Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids: Teach Gratitude with Art!

Written by Natasha Rentas - Team Village Connect

A child smiles at the camera as he creates a turkey craft!

Thanksgiving is a time for families to come together, share a delicious meal, and express gratitude for the blessings in our lives. It's also a wonderful opportunity to break out the craft supplies and make some turkey-themed crafts to help your kids understand the significance of this special holiday. In this blog post, we'll explore a variety of Thanksgiving crafts for kids (and adults!) that will help teach the importance of giving thanks.

1. Pinecone Turkeys

Take advantage of this beautiful weather and go on a nature scavenger hunt to find pinecones and acorns that you can turn into adorable pinecone turkeys. With some colored felt (or feathers!), googly eyes, and glue, you can transform these natural materials into a delightful table decoration for Thanksgiving dinner! Attach googly eyes, a beak, and a snood to the pinecone, and create the turkey's colorful feathers by attaching feathers or cut-out paper feathers to the back of the pinecone. Twist pipe cleaners to form the turkey's legs and feet. Let your child decorate the tail feathers with markers. Your kids will love giving each turkey its own unique personality.

2. Handprint Turkeys

Turkey handprints are a classic Thanksgiving craft that kids love making! All you need is construction paper (brown, red, yellow, and orange), googly eyes, glue, markers, and scissors! Have your child dip their hand in paint and make a handprint on a piece of paper (this is the turkey's body!). Then, use construction paper to cut out a turkey body, beak, snood, and googly eyes, which can be attached to the handprint. This craft is not only fun, but it is also a keepsake that you can cherish forever. Beware! This craft can be messy! You can embrace it, or you can opt to trace and cut out your child's handprint to avoid any spills!

3. Gratitude Wreath

A gratitude wreath is a meaningful craft that can help children reflect on what they're thankful for. Gather some cardboard, construction paper, and a pair of scissors to create a gratitude wreath. Cut the construction paper into strips, and have your child write down things that they are thankful for on each leaf. Then, glue the leaves to the cardboard in a circular shape to create a decorative wreath that can be hung on your front door or displayed indoors!

Engaging in these Thanksgiving crafts with your kids will not only keep them entertained, but they can also help foster an understanding of the true spirit of Thanksgiving: gratitude. These fun seasonal crafts also offer a wonderful opportunity to bond with your children while teaching them the values of thankfulness, creativity, and tradition. So, gather your craft supplies, get creative, and have a fantastic time with your kids this Thanksgiving season!


About Our Village Contributor


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Natasha Rentas

Team Village Connect- Marketing and Customer Care Specialist

natasha@villageconnect.life

Natasha Rentas is a writer, communicator, and multimodal content creator from Orlando, FL. She is currently finishing up her B.A. in writing and rhetoric at UCF, and she hopes to continue grad school under UCF's rhetoric and composition, M.A. program. She wants to research and work with science, public health, and crisis communications to connect and unite people through language. When she is not writing or studying, Tasha can be found behind a lens or hanging out with her dog, Mucca.

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