Thanksgiving Craft Ideas
Potato Turkeys by Susan
Potato turkeys will make kids proud and parents smile. Very simple, but a little work on your part... each child gets a potato. cut out small colorful feathers from construction paper and have children glue two (facing each other) onto toothpicks. once dry, stick the other end of the toothpicks into the back of the potato. You can make a head with waddle the same way and have them put googly eyes on before they stick them in. These are really great and give kids a chance to feel artistic and successful.
Paper Plate Pumpkin Pie by Patti Ley
Cut a paper plate into eighths like a pie. Color or paint the edge brown. Paint the rest orange, while it is still wet, sprinkle pumpkin pie spice on. Finish with a cotton ball. Voila, a slice of spice (pumpkin pie)
Indian Corn by Lori
Draw two corn cob shapes onto white construction paper. Have children cut out the shapes. Pop 2 cups of popcorn. (Children love to eat the popcorn, so make a little extra) Staple top of cobs together, spread bottom apart. Put red, yellow, and brown dry tempra paint into 3 different zip lock bags. Put small amount of popcorn into each bag, and shake until desired color. Put dots of glue all over the corn cobs and place popcorn onto the glue. Staple real corn husks to the top of corn cobs. These make beautiful table or window decorations!!
Thanksgiving Table Cloth by Adnaloy Rodriguez
Purchase plain white paper tablecloths and let the children sponge paint leaves, pumpkins, and fruit prints. You can use precut sponges and/or every day materials like , apples, leaves, pears, feathers...etc. Children will have lots of fun and parents will love to see what their kids made.
Pumpkin Turkeys by Opal
This is similar to the potato turkey, but we use the tiny gourd pumpkins. Have the children punch holes on one side of the pumpkin ( about 6 or 7)with a small nail. Push feathers in the holes. next, out of construction paper make a head shape, beak and waddle. Glue together and tape or staple to front of pumpkin (glue doesn't work well). Attach wiggle eyes and poke one hole on each side and poke in feathers for wings. CUTE! We use them to decorate our table settings.
Clay Table Turkey by Susan
Using Model Magic make a ball the size of an orange. Add color to it by drawing on it with marker and mashing it in. This gives it a marbleized affect. Stick a small wooden spoon (found in craft stores) in one end of the ball and 5 colored feathers into the other end. Add detail to the spoon to make a face. This make a cute table decoration.
Bingo-Dabber Indian Corn by Nancy
Precut a yellow construction paper corn cob shape. have the children use do a dot markers aka bingo markers and create as many colored dots as they wish on the corn cob shape. I used blue, green, orange, red, and purple markers. When they finished I stapled on real corn husks.
Packing Peanut Indian Corn by Kyle
Take a paper towel roll and glue popcorn packing peanuts on to the tube. Place the tube in a brown paper lunch sack with three strips cut down 3/4 of the way to represent the husk leaves. glue the top of the paper towel roll and bottom to the lunch bag. Have the kids paint the "peanuts" once everything is dry the Indian corn colors (brown, purple, yellow, orange). You can also glue in the top of the towel roll some yellow yarn or ribbon to represent the corn silk. Looks great.
Apple-Marshmellow Turkeys by Kimberly Tetrick
Create a Turkey with an apple, colored marshmallows and toothpicks. Take the apple and place it on a paper plate, take the colored marshmallows and place them on the toothpicks and stick them in the apple.