There are all kinds of Thanksgiving crafts (and chores!) that kids can do that will be fun for them and helpful for you like creating the table place cards, making dessert or even playing a Thanksgiving game or two.
Of course, you’re familiar with Pin the Tail on the Donkey – so how about a Pin the Gobbler on the Turkey game? It’s played exactly the same way as Pin the Tail on the Donkey – just print out the Turkey and tape him onto a wall. Cut out the gobblers and hand them out to each child and you’ve got yourself a Pin the Gobbler on the Turkey game!
Homemade Thanksgiving Place Cards
Whether you are having Thanksgiving dinner with your small, immediate family, or if you have invited friends or extended family, make it an extra special event with homemade Thanksgiving place cards.
What you need:
- Brown construction paper
- Various colored feathers
- Turkey stencil, or paper cutout for tracing
Ask the kids to cut turkey bodies out of the brown construction paper using this free printable turkey stencil or paper cutout. They can draw a face with the markers and glue the feathers on to the back. They should then write each person’s name on the body of a turkey. When they are all dry, put the place cards on the plates to complete your table setting. If you don’t have the time to make these fun place cards, download and print these free Thanksgiving place cards that are ready to go.
Thanksgiving Kids Crafts
Keep the kids entertained while the adults socialize and set up for dinner with some fun Thanksgiving kids crafts.
- Tablecloth Coloring. Forget using actual cloth for your tablecloths. Instead, cover the tables with butcher paper, toss some crayons in the center of the table, and ask the kids to decorate the tablecloth when they arrive. Not only will it be fun, but it will keep them out of the kitchen!
- Pine Cone Bird Feeders. When dinner is done, clear the dishes, but leave the butcher paper. Give each child 2 or 3 pine cones. Have them tie a piece of yarn around it, stringing it between the scales so that it will be more secure, and use a triple knot. The string can be as long as they would like it to be, but 2 or 3 feet long is probably just perfect. With plastic knives, they can cover the pine cone in peanut butter. When it is completely covered, they will roll it in birdseed. When they’re done, have an adult or an older child help them take it outside and hang it in a tree.
Free Printable Thanksgiving Coloring Pages
If you’re looking for something to keep the kids entertained while you finish preparing the meal, how about some free printable Thanksgiving coloring pages? Just print them out and place them at the kid’s table along with some crayons and let the kids work their magic.
When the kids are done with their crafts, send them on a feather hunt. To do this, get 100 colorful feathers and hide them all around the house (or wherever your dinner is being held). Divide 100 by the number of kids you have in attendance and tell them that they are each supposed to go and find that many feathers. Once they have found their feathers, they can come back and get a treat.
You don’t have to eat pie just because it’s traditional. One dessert that kids are great at helping with is sugar cookies! Make or purchase turkey shaped sugar cookies.
What you need:
- Brown frosting
- Red frosting
- Yellow frosting
- Red licorice ropes
- Brown, red, yellow, and orange candy-coated chocolates
- Candy corn
- Fall colored sprinkles
Give the children some plastic knives, the above items, and the cookies, and ask them to use their imaginations to create some yummy turkeys for dessert.