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15 Thanksgiving Crafts for Preschoolers That are Simple and Make the Day Fun

thanksgiving crafts for preschoolers

Kids have a lot of energy, and it’s important to channel that energy into something fun they’ll love doing. Choosing the right Thanksgiving Crafts For Preschoolers will keep them entertained while still helping them learn new skills or be creative. As you can imagine, there are countless activities to choose from, but all responsible parents know that not all tasks are appropriate for little kids. For that, we have selected some of the best Thanksgiving crafts for preschoolers that you can find online.

The list contains all kinds of activities, from easy to complex ones. They are also suitable for kids of different ages and skill levels, so you’ll be able to find one perfect for your children.

What Do Kids Get From Doing These Thanksgiving Crafts?

These Thanksgiving crafts for preschoolers will get your kids out of their shells and encourage them to interact with each other. They will also be able to practice their fine motor skills and problem-solving abilities, as many of these crafts require some manual dexterity. Also, some of these crafts can be used as decorations for your home. They are also great for getting kids involved in the holiday spirit and excited about Thanksgiving. As an added bonus, these crafts are fun and educational, so they will help your kids learn while having a blast!

15 Thanksgiving Crafts For Preschoolers

Here are Thanksgiving crafts for preschoolers that you can use to help your family get in the holiday spirit. 

1. Paper Roll Turkey Craft

paper roll turkey craft

Turkey is the star of Thanksgiving Dinner, and a great papercraft is an easy way to educate your child about why turkey is an important symbol of the holiday. This craft is easy to make and can be used as a decoration for your Thanksgiving table or as part of a larger display. The best thing about this is you need craft supplies you can find around the house. Googly eyes, colored paper, glue, and a paper roll for the body, and you are ready to go. Here’s a simple instruction that your kids will be able to follow easily.

2. Construction Paper Turkey Craft

This is another turkey craft that is easy to make but looks great as well. It can help children develop their imagination, fine motor skills, and creativity. Construction Paper Turkey Craft is ideal for children of all ages, especially preschoolers, who will enjoy making this turkey and playing with it after it is done. You need a printable turkey body pattern, one jumbo wooden craft stick, Pencil & scissors, Card stock (red, Brown, yellow, orange, white), Child’s photo to make this craft. 

3. Thankful Wind Spinners

We all love to see our children become thankful and appreciative of everything they have. This is a great way to teach them how important it is to be thankful. These easy wind spinners are quick and cheap to make as well as very simple to make. You can use white craft paper, colored pencils, scissors, or anything else you have on hand in this craft. You will see your preschooler making this craft in no time at all. Visit Make and Takes for step-by-step instructions.

4. Paper-Roll Pilgrims and Indians

Children love to hear stories around the Thanksgiving dinner table, and it gets even more engaging when you use toy characters to recreate the story. Your kids will love this craft that uses paper rolls to create pilgrims and Indians. This craft is so simple yet very engaging for your kids as they watch the story of the first thanksgiving come alive with their own little toy characters! 

5. Tissue Paper Fall Wreath

tissue paper fall wreath

A wreath is one of the most popular crafts for kids. It is easy to make and can be used as a decoration for your home and a gift for someone special. This tissue paper fall wreath is perfect for celebrating Thanksgiving. Also, this fun craft does not only keep kids busy, but it will also help them learn how to reuse materials in a creative and fun way. Here are the full instructions.

6. Mason Jar Leaf Lanterns

Assign your little one to this decorative craft and let them create a beautiful lantern out of recycled jars. This handmade craft is not only cost-effective, but it is eco-friendly as well. A few things that you need to purchase are artificial maple leaves and glue, which don’t cost much. The rest you can get at home. Once done, you get a candle holder that boasts such autumnal elegance; no one will suspect your preschooler created it. For more instructions on how to create this craft, visit One Little Project.

7. Handy’ Thanksgiving Wreath

Around this time of year, lots of families purchase decorative wreaths to display on their doors. But you can make your own DIY Thanksgiving wreaths for less money than most store-bought ones. This craft is both simple and cost-efficient, perfect for your budget. Just cut out an outline of your toddler’s hand, make several copies, and ask your child what they are grateful for. Write all the answers on the paper hands and glue them for a wreath you will always remember fondly. 

8. Turkey Color Match Craft

turkey color match craft

When you want to add a learning aspect to crafting, then this turkey color-match craft is perfect. Cut out circular pieces of felt or construction paper in the same sizes, and make sure to have at least six colors for the feathers. Use yellow construction paper for the beak and leg parts and red for the wattle. Once done, carefully glue these pieces on the paper plates; in no time, you will have a beautiful craft for the kids. Don’t forget to cut small pieces of crumpled construction paper and give them to your child, then have them match the colors of the feathers. 

9. Painted Rocks & Leaves

Crafts for kids are always fun, and this one is no exception. All you need are rocks, leaves, paint, and a brush, then let your child go wild with their imagination. You can even tell them facts about different kinds of rocks and leaves as they paint them. Make the holiday fun with this simple craft for kids, and they will love the fact that they can use these painted rocks and leaves to decorate their homes.

10. Thanksgiving Apple Pie Craft

This Thanksgiving holiday season, you can add a fun activity to your Thanksgiving craft repertoire. If your kids love apple pies and arts & crafts, this Thanksgiving Apple Pie Art is everything they need to get excited. The best part of this activity is that you don’t need much time and money to create something beautiful. Check out all the details here on All Kids Network.

11. Candy Cornucopia Thanksgiving Craft

candy cornucopia thanksgiving craft

Cornucopia is known as a horn of plenty, an ancient symbol of prosperity and abundance, and is depicted as overflowing with newly harvested vegetables and fruits. This sweet craft puts a twist on the classic horn and is filled to overflowing with fruit jellies, candy pumpkins, marzipan fruits, and candy corn! 

12. Thanksgiving Pilgrim Hat Craft

Kids love to wear a hat, and if you let them choose their favorite style, they will never hesitate to create their own hat. This craft allows children to get into the holiday spirit and allow them to pretend to be a pilgrim. This is one of the best craft projects to do with kids because it will give them an opportunity to be creative and imaginative.

13. Pine Cone Turkey Craft

This is a fun Thanksgiving craft for families to do. All you need is a bunch of pine cones, googly eyes, assorted pipe cleaners in various colors, and hot glue. Turning them into cute turkey crafts. This would be perfect for the kids at home, as they don’t take up much space and are easy to make. Another benefit of this Pine Cone Turkey Craft is that it can be displayed at home as it doesn’t get damaged easily, and there is no need to put it away after school.

14. Paper Roses

These paper roses are easy and fast to make. Are you looking for something to put and decorate your Thanksgiving table? These simple and quick crafts are a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table. All you need is a paper towel, a long thin craft stick, and craft glue. Craft Train provides you with step-by-step instructions on how to make these wonderful roses.

15. Gratitude Garland

thanksgiving crafts for preschoolers

Having a sense of gratitude is very important in our lives. Having gratitude teaches us to have a positive mindset and be grateful for all the things we have, even the small things. So, why not create this Gratitude Garland to remind your child of what they are thankful for? This keepsake can be displayed in their room, hanging across their desk, or even tied on their bunk beds.

Final Thoughts

Here at NY Baby Steps Daycare, we believe kids learn best when they are having fun. All these crafts are designed to make learning fun, so your children can enjoy their time with you while they learn. Please let us know in the comment section below if you have more Thanksgiving craft ideas that you feel should be included in this list. Let’s celebrate this Thanksgiving holiday with a vibrant spirit and gather around the table to eat delicious food and share stories about the year that has gone by.

Aside from making crafts, there are also other activities that you can do with your young kid to celebrate Thanksgiving. These Thanksgiving Activities for Kids will make the occasion even more fun and memorable.