Finding great Thanksgiving crafts for toddlers can be a challenge. As any parent knows, many Thanksgiving craft ideas and fall crafts for kids are too complicated or time-consuming for adults to complete, let alone youngsters, which is never a good combo during the hectic holiday season.
That’s probably why the classic handprint turkey craft is the first thing that comes to mind for most people when they think of Thanksgiving crafts for kids. Don’t get us wrong; we adore turkey handprints of all shapes and sizes. The fun turkey decorations are so commonplace in schools and homes across America at this point that they may as well be a rite of passage instead of just fun crafts for kids. But because arts and crafts for kids are meant to encourage creativity in addition to celebrating big events like Turkey Day, we rounded up some of the best toddler Thanksgiving crafts beyond a handprint turkey that will challenge their growing minds and keep them busy so that you can focus on cooking a delicious Thanksgiving feast (or take a few quiet minutes for yourself to relax and watch the parade).
The Unexpected Benefits of Thanksgiving Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Arts and crafts for kids are vitally important to their development. Encouraging toddlers to express themselves through art is crucial for enhancing their creative thinking and problem solving skills later on, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Considering toddlers are also developing fine motor skills — the coordination of muscles, bones, and nerves to produce small, exact movements — it’s paramount that they have opportunities to practice and improve those, as well. Helping them with Thanksgiving activities is a wonderful place to start.
When it comes to toddler crafts for Thanksgiving in particular, well, the whole holiday is literally about giving thanks for what you have and teaching younger generations the importance of gratitude. So Thanksgiving crafts for kids give you an opportunity to not only boost your child’s physical and emotional development, but also to encourage important character traits, like gratitude, patience, and compassion. In other words, toddler crafts are something to be thankful for, as well.
But we also know that your time is limited on an average day, much less on one of the biggest holidays of the year that comes with a massive to-do list. Fear not: These easy crafts for kids won’t take you all day. In a matter of a few precious moments, you and the kiddo can put together something special that will make both of you proud and wow your guests on such a special day. Don’t miss the opportunity! Scroll below to see some of the most fun and easy Thanksgiving crafts for toddlers to make for the holiday.
Thanksgiving Crafts For Toddlers
Mini Turkey Pumpkin Craft
Who says pumpkin crafts are only good for Halloween? The gourds make for excellent DIY Thanksgiving decorations too, as showcased by this cute turkey decoration project, thought up by the genius couple Paula and Cesar of the blog Growing Up Bilingual. It's also a wonderful way to use pumpkins that are too small to turn into tasty pumpkin recipes. The best part? Besides a small pumpkin, you only need six other things (brown and yellow foam, red felt, fall leaves, googly eyes, a glue gun, and glue sticks) before this adorable little guy becomes your new favorite Thanksgiving table centerpiece.
Get the full instructions at Growing Up Bilingual.
Cute Turkey Clay Pot Craft
Cute Turkey Clay Pot Craft
If you have empty clay pots around your house, this may just be the winner-winner-turkey-dinner craft for you and your kid! Super-smart blogger Amber of Busy Creating Memories turns everyday objects that usually just collect dust in the garage into fun, beautiful homemade Thanksgiving decorations that you and your child can cherish for a lifetime. This is an excellent way for kids to show off their creative skills when they choose their colorful feathers. Traditional Thanksgiving colors like red, orange, and yellow are great and all, but just wait until you see the joy on their faces when they learn they can add purple and blue to the mix if they wish!
Get the full instructions at Busy Creating Memories.
Turkey Hat Craft For Preschoolers
Turkey Hat Craft for Preschoolers
You're already decorating the whole house for Thanksgiving, so why not decorate your kiddo's adorable head, as well? Trisha at the blog Momdot was way ahead of us with this clever Thanksgiving craft. Paper turkey decorations are a big tradition for the holiday, but they're so much more fun when you get to wear them instead of just hanging them on the wall. Perfect for adding some playfulness to the often too-formal Thanksgiving dinner, this adorable turkey hat craft is a fun one for the whole family to try.
Get the full instructions at Momdot.
Turkey Craft With Fall Leaves
Turkey Craft With Fall Leaves
This Thanksgiving project for toddlers is an easy and resourceful way to turn those leaves piling up in your yard into an adorable work of art. We tell you, it doesn't get more convenient than simply walking outside for a few steps to pick up the main attraction that will star in this masterpiece! And to make this Thanksgiving craft even simpler, Andreja of the blog Easy Peasy and Fun has already created a printable template of a turkey available on her website (though of course, you can always test your artistic side and try drawing it yourself!). At this point, the craft practically makes itself.
Get the full instructions at Easy Peasy and Fun.
Thanksgiving Crafts To Make
Fine-Motor Turkey Craft for Toddlers
Clothespins might not be the first items that come to mind when you think of Thanksgiving crafts for toddlers, but judging by this festive design, perhaps that should change. Adorable Thanksgiving craft ideas like this one prove that creativity can be found in unexpected places. Let Amanda of the blog Messy Motherhood show you how to bring the holiday to life with this fun turkey craft for toddlers. Not only is it super adorable, but it also helps young kids perfect their motor skills. Talk about a win-win!
Get the full instructions at Messy Motherhood.
Gratitude Jar Craft For Kids
Gratitude Jar Craft for Kids
Not all November crafts have to be turkeys! Believe it or not, there are many fall crafts for kids that have nothing to do with poultry. Let Kathy of the blog A Mom's Impression inspire you to teach your toddler about thankfulness with this mason-jar-turned-gratitude-jar, filled to the brim with simple craft sticks that contain all the things you and your tot are grateful for this year. Out of all the Thanksgiving activities you can do with your children, this one may make the biggest (and most valuable) impression.
Get the full instructions at A Mom's Impression.
Kids Thanksgiving Crafts
Eye Dropper Indian Corn Craft for Toddlers
If you're trying to find Thanksgiving crafts for toddlers that stand out among the pack, look no further than this unique activity. Ellen of the blog What Can We Do With Paper and Glue walks us through a fun journey of recreating the classic decorative corn, using just watercolor paper, liquid watercolors, an eye dropper or pipette, and green construction paper along the way. Easy Thanksgiving crafts like this one take such a short time to make, but the memories you share with your crafter-in-training are sure to last a lifetime.
Get the full instructions at What Can We Do With Paper And Glue.