getting crafty with the kids {Thanksgiving}

With Halloween successfully behind us, it’s time to start focusing in on Thanksgiving.  As a kid, Thanksgiving was just something that happened between Halloween and Christmas.  There was a lot of food involved and gathering of relatives I hadn’t seen since last Christmas.  And while the tradition was a nice one, it was just that.  There were no costumes, no gifts–not a ton of fun.  Now that my daughter is four (and rapidly approaching 5) I really have to plan fun events for her.  She makes me excited to come up with ways to make this important American holiday not only educational, but fun!  I know, I know, you’re already thinking turkey hand projects, which is a classic.  But, there has to be something else, right?  I’m scouring the net to hopefully bring you some ideas and I’ll start with these:

Why not kill two birds (pun intended) with one stone by incorporating their crafts into your decor?  Yes, I love this idea.

Remember the Halloween Paper Pumpkins?  Why not make some less spooky ones for Thanksgiving?  Tutorial from Craftaholics Anonymous

paper pumpkins DIY thanksgiving decor craft

Have all of the kids make the place-markers for the guests with simple materials – brown paper bags, foam letter stickers, card stock.  I found this at Fiskars with no tutorial, but I bet you can figure this turkey leg out!

thanksgiving craft

And for the little ones, OK FINE, I give in.  Make a turkey hand trace, but this time glue in colorful lentils, beans, and other items of like.  Idea found on The Idea Room.

thanksgiving kids crafts

And, of course do not forget your Thankful Tree that everyone, not just the kids can participate in.  Have the kids decorate the tree with the circles and also have them coerce family members to leave their notes of thankfulness.  Tutorial from Simply Vintage Girl.

Thankful Tree Thanksgiving craft

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