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Thanksgiving Craft Ideas to keep the kids entertained

I have been a crafting machine over at Kiwi Crate— and it sure is fun. I think doing crafts with the kids (and surrounding ourselves with twigs, pinecones and lots of felt)  helps the season feel more real. To help get into the Thanksgiving spirit with your kids, why not make some of these crafts. They are Jen-approved— which means they are simple to make and cute to look at.

Make an Indian felt headband that will last!

Thanksgiving Craft Ideas

Felt Native American Headband: Dress up is a daily event in our house–we have the princess dresses, the pirate swords, and the cowboy hats. I always like to throw new characters into the mix and listen as the kids improvise their new roles. This felt headband is fun to make and definitely one of my personal favorites.

Paper pilgrim hat for kids

Pilgrim Bonnet: This easy craft is a fun way for your little ones to feel like they’re a part of the Thanksgiving story. Our four-year-old, Jackson, helped make this hat for his three-year-old sister.  They both got a kick out of it and cracked up when they looked in the mirror!

Make a Thanksgiving Jar to teach your kids what it means to count your blessings.

Thanksgiving Jar: Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude. Sounds so easy, but as I am running through the aisles of the grocery store grabbing potatoes, cranberry sauce, and a turkey, it can get a little stressful and intense. I want to make sure my kids understand this is a day of gratitude as we pack around the dining room table and devour a delicious meal. This can be a tricky concept for kids. So to help my little ones, we created a Thanksgiving Jar.

Melt down old crayons and bring them back to life as festive gifts

Leaf-shaped crayons: We love making new crayons out of old broken pieces. We made heart-shaped crayons last Valentine’s Day and got so many compliments. So this fall we decided to buy some fall baking molds and make these leaf- and pumpkin-shaped crayons. These would be cute as part of the kids table setting for Thanksgiving day.

Turn toilet paper rolls into cute owls for home decor.

Toilet Paper Roll Owls: For this craft, we used toilet paper rolls and various scraps of paper to make owls. The kids had a hoot decorating the owls however they liked. At first I was a little nervous they wouldn’t be seen as owls to anyone but our family, but once we put on some googly eyes and orange beaks, each creatures’ owl-ness was unmistakable. And I’ll even go so far as saying they are really cute…(especially when you consider they are made from trash).

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4 Responses to Thanksgiving Craft Ideas to keep the kids entertained

  1. Cathy B*****y November 15, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    just found your site today! Love it! so many great childrens art and play ideas…to utilize their creativity.
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    • Family Sponge November 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

      Glad to have you Cathy!

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