Not to ruffle your feathers, but while you’ve got the turkey perfectly stuffed and cooking, have you thought about what you’ll do with the little turkeys running around the house? Thanksgiving is full of family, fun and food. But it can also mean tight spaces and fidgety kids. So why not get them crafting, creating and cutting with these simple Turkey Day crafts and activities?!
If your family is like ours, as soon as we walk in the door for Thanksgiving, the kids take off to play with their cousins while the adults talk (and graze). We all come together for the meal, but afterwards the kids once again disappear. They typically only resurface when they need something… something to drink, ask to take off their shirts, tattle, or tell us that they’re bored. Sound familiar?
How about promoting some quality family time with the whole family doing a Thanksgiving craft? Okay… so maybe not the whole family. We know the men will be gathered around the TV watching football, someone will inevitably take a nap, and that Grandpa would rather work on his 3rd plate of dessert. But, some simple crafts with the kids could be the highlight of the day.
I do realize that you might not want to pull out the paints for your toddler at your host’s house. Those crafts would be better done at home leading up to Turkey Day. However, there are lots of wonderful printables and easy prep, pack-and-go craft ideas here that are tastefully fun for kids of all ages.
Get the kids crafting and they will be stuffed with things to entertain them!
Simple Thanksgiving Crafts & Activities
10 Turkey Crafts from Hands On: As We Grow. Turkey crafts you’ll want to gobble up!
20 Free Printables for Thanksgiving from Edventures with Kids. Holy smokin’ turkey legs! This is a great list of free (yup… free) printables for your kiddos to enjoy!
Awesome Elbow Macaroni Turkey Craft from I Heart Crafty Things. Painting, cutting, gluing… oh my!
Colorful Cupcaker Liner Turkey from Raising Little Superheroes. Gasp! This turkey is adorable and soooooooo easy to make!
Cupcake Liner Turkey from Crafts on Sea. Flatten a cupcake liner, fluff some feathers and ta-da… you’ve got a turkey! Who would’ve thought?
Don’t Topple Teepee from The Inspired Treehouse. Classic fine motor skills with a Thanksgiving twist!
Feather Letter Turkey from Growing Book by Book. Kill 2 birds (ha ha, turkey pun) with one activity… letter learning and a cute craft all rolled into one adorable activity!
Felt Turkey from Sunny Day Family. Make, take apart. Make, take apart. Make this fabulous felt turkey over and over again!
Hand and Footprint Turkey from There’s Just One Mommy. Make memories as well as a cute craft with these reminders of how small their print are!
Painted Newspaper Turkey Craft from I Heart Crafty Things. Her newspaper crafts are the best!
Paper Roll Turkey from Blog Me Mom. Get all the kids rolled up to the table for this turkey fantail fun!
Printable Turkey Activity Placemats from Lalymom. So many ways to play on these placemats! Literally gobble up the fun here!
Thanksgiving Cutting Practice Sheets from Makeovers & Motherhood. Oh my, how kids and parents alike love these cutting sheets! Plus, did you know how beneficial scissor skills are for kids? You’d be amazed!
Thanksgiving Early Reader Worksheets from 3 Boys and a Dog. I could just eat up these perfect little printables! Your early readers will be super excited!
Thanksgiving Gobbler Bags from Makeovers & Motherhood. You’ll want to make these in advance to give them to your neighbors. They’re a craft, a treat, and great for showing gratitude!
Thanksgiving Picture & Word Tracing Printables from Totschooling. I can’t tell you how adorable and fun these tracing sheets are… you’ll have to see them yourself! Let’s just say I love them!
Thanksgiving Yoga from Kids Yoga Stories. Get the kiddos moving with these yoga poses that give thanks to nature.
The Cutest Turkeys from My Bright Firefly. Explore nature and create a beautiful fall turkey. Plus, more cute turkeys you’ll want to gobble up!
Turkey Ring Toss Thanksgiving Activity for Kids from Hands On: As We Grow. You’ll be tossing your hands up in fun with your kids thanks to this game!
Turkey Straw Cup from Sunny Day Family. A little felt, a little feathers, and you’ll be clucking about your new cup all day!
Upcycled Turkey Craft from The Natural Homeschool. Think twice before you get garbage giddy… these super cute thankfulness turkeys were made with that “trash”! Awesome upcycled project!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!