Football, parades, distant relatives, and way too much food – Thanksgiving is a time to indulge in the flavors of the season, embrace a house full of guests, and relish your good fortune. Whether you’re hosting a small gathering or a rabble of relatives, the goals are the same: you want the turkey to be moist, the in-laws to be kind, and the kids to be happy. We can’t do much about the turkey, but when it comes to keeping your crew off their smartphones, we’ve got you covered. These 10 Thanksgiving crafts and activities are the perfect antidote to squirrelly children, tipsy grandparents, and distracted teens.
Turkey-Themed Crafts to Prepare for the Main Course
Pay homage to Thanksgiving’s most important guests with turkey crafts that can double as your table centerpieces.
Still have some mini pumpkins gracing your front stoop from Halloween? Put them to good use with these adorable pumpkin turkeys from Growing Up Bilingual. Send the little ones out to collect some fall leaves while you gather the rest of the goodies: a glue gun and glue sticks, red felt, yellow and brown craft foam, and of course, googly eyes. Reserve the job of hot-gluing for older children or perhaps a sober adult. Get the detailed instructions for making these cuties here.
If the thought of pumpkins, foam, and googly eyes is just too intimidating, try these critters made from construction paper, tape, and white glue. You can throw them together in minutes, and even the smallest kids will want to get in on the action. As an added bonus, these turkeys will make great little place cards for the Thanksgiving table. Ready to give these guys a go? Get the full instructions from A Girl and a Glue Gun.
Holiday cards are a mainstay around the world, but have you ever given or received a Thanksgiving card? Me neither – which is why I’m including this next turkey craft. Give the kids an opportunity to get messy and create a new fad. You’ll have to pop these Thanksgiving cards in the mail a bit late, but nobody will mind; you’ve broken the mold. Learn how to make the Gobble-Gobble Thanksgiving cards over at Glued to My Crafts.
Celebrate the Season With Autumn-Inspired Projects
We know it’s not all about the turkey. Fall is a beautiful season and the inspiration for the next few craft projects.
This first project is easy, but it’s more of a two-day affair. The best part? These watercolor leaves will look beautiful whether they’re created by your toddler or your grandmother. Kids and adults can spend Wednesday afternoon painting the leaves with liquid watercolors. Let them dry overnight and string them up in your entryway for an eye-catching fall display. Get the scoop at Pink Stripey Socks.
The sky’s the limit with this fall-inspired wall hanging. You can use bits and pieces of whatever you have on hand – fabric, felt, paper, and pinecones. Use your imagination and make do with what you have. This unique wall hanging can grace your wall through Thanksgiving and beyond. It’s the perfect transitional decor, embracing the remnants of fall and the promise of winter. Find out the details at Make It Your Own.
This one might require a trip the craft store, but I promise it will be worth it. These darling scarecrows can be put together by the youngest set, and they make a great keepsake to pass on to the grandparents. Head on over to Somewhat Simple for full instructions.
Games, Activities, and Boredom-Busters for the Whole Family
It’s easy to get caught up in the craziness that revolves around the holidays, and just as easy to forget to be thankful for what truly matters.
This activity will remind everyone to count their blessings while bringing them together to share in the beauty of the holiday. Prepare the buckets beforehand, so that all you have to do on Turkey Day is pass them out with paper and pens. Visit The Idea Room to find out more.
The next activity is perfect for toddlers and young children, promoting hand-eye coordination while keeping them busy for hours. Make the game the day before so that the glue has time to dry, and you’ll be turkey-tossing in no time. Get the scoop at Hands on as We Grow.
Lastly, a child’s Thanksgiving tree made out of traced handprints and embellished with words of thanks. Recruit the kids or all of your guests to help create this lovely tree, then display it for everyone to admire. Get the detailed instructions for this easy project at Crafts by Amanda.
It’s a special day – full of parades, football, and way too much turkey. But also a day of crafting, family togetherness, and giving thanks, which is why we celebrate in the first place! Embrace the holiday spirit this Thanksgiving with crafts and activities for the whole family.