If you have children in the house and you are busy trying to get everything done to host a Thanksgiving dinner, you may want to have some activities for the kids to do too.
Here are a few fun Thanksgiving craft activities for kids that will not only keep them busy, but will produce some nice Thanksgiving decorations for your home as well:
A Turkey Wreath – Buy a straw or rattan wreath and various Thanksgiving decorations, at the local craft store. Let your kids glue on the decorations to make a holiday wreath to hang on your front door.
Turkey Placemats – Let the children make their own placemats for the Thanksgiving table. Give them some colored construction paper and let them create their own turkey. They can either draw and color or use the various colors of the construction paper, to cut out the shapes of feathers. After they are finished, mount each turkey on a separate sheet of construction paper, then laminate it. Now they have their own special turkey placemat.
Thanksgiving Flower Pots – Buy the smallest red clay pots you can find at your local gardening store (these are super cheap), a bag of potting soil, and packages of various flowers, vegetables, or herb seeds. Let your kids write the name of the seed on the outside of the pot with a magic marker. Next, have them pour potting soil in each pot and plant the seeds. When the seeds begin sprouting in a few weeks, let your kids take their Thanksgiving pots to the local nursing home and give them away as Thanksgiving gifts to the patients. (Depending on when you make these little pots, they can also make nice Christmas presents for the patients as well.)
Pinecone Turkeys – Gather pinecones from around the your area. (This in itself is a fun activity for kids!) At the craft store, purchase some colored construction paper, all-purpose glue, and one or two pieces of red felt. Let the kids cut out colorful turkey feathers from the colored construction paper. You may have to help them cut out of the felt, a small red comb for under the turkey's neck. They can then glue the Thanksgiving turkeys together, inserting the feathers in between the pine comb leaves.
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