As the weather gets colder and school vacations approach, the kids will begin looking for fun ways to spend their extra time indoors.
One way to keep them entertained, productive, and creative is with craft time. Channel their energy into holiday spirit with these best Thanksgiving crafts for kids.
Thanksgiving Dinner Centerpieces
Kids want to feel like they’re contributing, so include them in holiday preparations by letting them make a festive centerpiece for the dining table.
You could simply let them help you arrange some flowers, or you can allow them to get creative and make their own centerpiece. Containers such as empty tins and paint cans are great for repurposing and decorating; the kids can fill them with red, orange, and yellow paper leaves and flowers.
Another idea is to make an ornamental tree by planting a couple of broken branches and letting the kids attach paper autumn leaves to it.
For an additional activity, hand out some markers and have them decorate a leaf for everyone in the family.
Turkeys are a staple in family Thanksgiving crafts, and there are dozens of ways for kids to make their own.
For a personal touch, handprints and finger paint are all you need to make an adorable turkey outline—one of the best Thanksgiving crafts for kids.
Alternatively, the kids can use paper plates to create a round turkey body and popsicle sticks or construction paper to make colorful feathers.
Have your kids think about the people or things they’re most grateful for and write one down on each feather to turn it into a true Thanksgiving turkey.
If you want something that’ll get your kids out in the fresh air for a while, consider having them make some easy yet gorgeous leaf paintings.
For this activity, they’ll pick out some leaves, place them on a piece of paper, and paint around them. When the paint dries, remove the leaves for a beautiful negative space image.
Don’t forget to have your child sign their masterpiece when they’re done!