Entertaining the kids during Thanksgiving is usually the furthest thing on your mind when you're planning a perfect Thanksgiving gathering.
Keeping your little ones occupied gives parents the opportunity to cook dinner and catch up with relatives, while the kids entertain themselves.
Set up a craft station that has crafts pre-assembled in bags for the kids to pick and choose from, helping minimize the mess of rummaging through supplies.
We put together a list of crafts to keep your little turkeys crafting the day away peacefully at this year's Thanksgiving party.
- paper rolls
- red cupcake liners
- white craft paint
- green construction paper
- hot glue (if they are supervised)
- glue sticks
- black marker
- Paint white the paper rolls and set aside to dry completely. Repeat. You will need two coats of paint.
- Use a black marker to draw some “seeds” in the middle of the paper rolls.
- Insert a stick through one cupcake liner.
- Glue one cupcake liner at each end of the paper roll: a regular liner at the bottom and one with a stick at the top.
- Cut out little leaves from the green construction paper and glue them to the sticks.
- Brown, white, orange, yellow, and red paper
- Black Marker
- Start by cutting two wide strips of brown paper and measure your child’s head. Tape or staple it together and cut out two white circle eyes.
- Trace your child’s hand print on three different colored papers, then cut them out. Make a turkey head figure with the brown paper and have the kids glue some eyes and a beak to it.
- Glue the hand prints behind the head and glue the whole thing onto the headband (we taped ours). Cut out two strips for the turkey’s feet and tape them on the inside.
- Assorted wide wood craft sticks
- Assorted craft foam
- Pair of googly eyes
- Craft felt
- Yellow or orange rick rack
- Craft glue
- Black Marker
- Begin by creating the head of the scarecrow. Line up several wood craft sticks together, gluing them together where they touch. Secure them by running an additional craft stick along the back of them, holding them all in place.
- Add your pair of googly eyes. Just add a drop of glue and press.
- Use your craft foam to create a nose for your scarecrow. We snipped out a simple triangle shape with our scissors and glued it in place.
- Finish the face by adding a mouth. Use your marker to create a simple stitched mouth.
- Now, add the hair. Cut rick rack into strips and glue it to the top of the head. This will look like straw.
- Your scarecrow is complete when you add a hat. We cut a simple hat from foam and embellished it with felt flowers. With our felt scraps we also created a little bow tie for our scarecrow. Just snip and glue into place.
Planning a special area for the kids to get a little creative on Thanksgiving will give mom a little extra peace of mind that they're having a good time and out of trouble while shes busy cooking dinner.
Mix it up and stock your craft area with plenty of googly eyes and little extras to make their crafts extra special and you'll have works of art to hang up on the fridge to finish off the fall season.