36 Thanksgiving Activities and Kids Crafts


Today I’m featuring 36 Thanksgiving activities and kids crafts you can make with your kids for Thanksgiving day.  Many of these Thanksgiving activities for kids are cheap to create and take almost no preparation.  I hope you have a blast playing with your children on Thanksgiving.

36 Thanksgiving Activities and Kids Crafts by Laurie Turk

These Thanksgiving for kids include activities like easy crafts, Thanksgiving games, paper plate activities, and even empty toile paper tube crafts.  You’ll have a blast planning Thanksgiving Day for your kids!



1.  Felt Food Thanksgiving Turkey Pattern – A really cool felt food pattern of a turkey dinner complete with carrots and detachable turkey legs.

2.  Make Your Own Hat Station – Trace a jar lid on construction paper for the Pilgrim hat brim or turkey head. Use a glue stick to attach the circle to a black paper cup and to add construction paper details.

3.   Turkey Spoon Craft – We used a wooden spoon, paint, brushes, glue, wiggly eyes and craft sticks.

4.  {Tutorial} Thanksgiving Turkey Finger Puppets – Just a few scraps of felt and thread and lots of childhood imagination happily at work.

Thanksgiving Activities

Thanksgiving Activities

5.  Thanksgiving Activity Place Mat – I printed everything but the pictures on the computer, guessing how much space i needed and leaving blank spaces to fill with stamping.

6.  Cereal Box Turkey Craft – Here are some adorable turkey’s you can make with your preschoolers as a fun Thanksgiving craft.

7.    Thanksgiving Count Down Activity Calendar – It features a month worth of fun Thanksgiving inspired activities including crafts, science experiments, exercises to encourage imagination, fine/ gross motor skills, math activities and more.

8.  Turkey Toes Favor – Here is a cute favor that the kiddos would enjoy on Thanksgiving when inspiration hit.

Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving Crafts

9.  Pumpkin Seed Art – Have a fun time and use your imagination to make a pumpkin seed canvas.

10.  How-to: thanksgiving turkey party favors – With just paper, labels, and tape or glue, these favors are super easy to put together.

11.  Lollipop Turkey Craft – How to make a fabric lollipop turkey for your kids Thanksgiving table.

12.  Stuffed Thanksgiving Turkey Craft – Make a darling hand puppet using a mitten and scrap fabric.Activities for Thanksgiving

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13.  Turkey Hat – Put a feather in your cap (and everyone else’s at your holiday feast) with this festive chapeau.

14.  Cereal Box Scarecrow Craft – This  makes a great Fall Table Centerpiece and activity to do with the kids.

15.  Recycled Thanksgiving Craft: Pilgrim Ships – Check out these cute little Pilgrim Ships made out of a coffee sleeve and coffee stirrer.

16.  How to make a pipe cleaner pumpkin – Start off with a bundle of orange pipe cleaners, and a couple green pipe cleaners. The more you use, the more full your pumpkin will look.

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

17.  Play-dough Turkey Craft – The turkey playdough play set. These would make great busy hands for the 3-5 year old crowd…especially handy during food preparation time on the big day

18.  How to make autumn leaves – This is a fun painting craft you can do with the kids and get your home all decked out in autumn foliage.

19.  Fall Leave Coasters – They are made from foam sheets, colored duct tape, pressed leaves, and some clear contact paper.

20.  Painting Pine cones – Let the kids use their creativity to paint pine cones.  You can glitter them afterward to add a little sparkle, hot glue ribbon to turn them into an ornament, or use as a place card for the Thanksgiving table.

Thanksgiving Games

Thanksgiving Games

21.  Activity Place-mat for Thanksgiving – A free printable activity mat that’s perfect for the Kids Thanksgiving day table.

22.  Thanksgiving Dinner Maze – Print off this cute maze as a fun activity for Thanksgiving Day.

23.  The Kids Table: Thanksgiving Quiz – We thought up this fun Thanksgiving Quiz full of turkey trivia to challenge reading age kids. You can use it at your Thanksgiving dinner or for a school classroom party.

24. A fill-in-the-blank Thanksgiving Tale – A fun Thanksgiving activity that you can print out to play before the Thanksgiving meal.

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25.  Model Magic Turkey – This was a simple, fast and fun craft for my 5 year old. She was able to complete most of this craft herself.

26.  Paper Corn Craft – Here’s a fun activity you can do with your preschool aged children. You can also use real popcorn to glue on using glue dots.

27.  Paper plate turkeys for Canadian Thanksgiving – Make a cute turkey out of a paper plate.

28.  Wild Turkey Craft – Take a walk in the woods and find nature items to make this Thanksgiving pal.

Empty Toilet Paper Tube Crafts

Empty Toilet Paper Tube Crafts

29.  Kids Thanksgiving Craft: Paper Tube turkeys – These paper plate turkeys were really fun and easy to make.

30.  Toilet Paper Roll Turkey – An easy way to make turkeys out of toilet paper rolls for  a fun kids craft.

31.  Toilet Paper Turkeys – How to make fun turkeys using toilet paper tubes.

32.  Toilet Paper/Paper Towel Roll Turkeys – I started off by cutting a paper towel roll into thirds. You could just use a toilet paper roll if you like.

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33.  Gobble Gobble Thanksgiving Banner Craft – How to make a  holiday bunting banner that says “Gobble” for Thanksgiving.

34. Turkey Chair Cover Craft – Make these simple chair covers for Thanksgiving, then customize them for any celebration at home or school.

35.  Reversible Thanksgiving Banner Craft – A cute reversible Halloween & Thanksgiving banner or paper craft.

36  Kids Craft: Table Top Turkeys – For these little gobble-gobble pals I used just 1 bottle of Folkart paint, fall printed papers and some Mod Podge.


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  1. I love it! The crafts gave me so many ideas like pressing leaves with wax crayons, cutting them out and gluing them to the end of a toilet paper roll, decorated like a turkey!! Thanks!

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