There are plenty of Thanksgiving crafts you can make with your toddler. My favorites are the ones that use handprints or footprints. In a few years, you’ll marvel at how tiny your child was when you made the craft together.
No matter the craft, your child will beam with pride if you use his work to decorate the house or to use on the Thanksgiving table. Here are some fun ideas to get you started:
Paint your child’s palm brown. Then paint each of his fingers a different color like red, yellow, orange, and green. (Make sure to use non-toxic, washable paints!) Carefully place his palm down on a white sheet of paper. Finish creating the turkey by putting a googly eye on his “face” and adding legs and a beak and wattle. For a fun twist, you might even draw a black Pilgrim’s hat on his head.
Turkey Toilet Paper Roll Handprint Craft
Trace your child’s handprint on several pieces of colored paper. Carefully cut out the handprint and help your child attach the handprints to a toilet paper roll. These will make the feathers of the turkey. On the front of the toilet paper roll, add googly eyes and a nose and wattle.
Thanks Giving Tree
Trace your child’s handprint on several pieces of colored paper and cut them out. Create a tree trunk out of brown colored paper. Glue the brown colored paper on a large piece of white card stock. On Thanksgiving day, have each person in the family write down one thing they are thankful for on one of the leaves. Then, glue the hand “leaves” onto the tree. You’ll have a nice craft as well as a remembrance of everything your family was grateful for this Thanksgiving.
There are plenty of adorable, edible food crafts you can make for Thanksgiving, and your child will love eating her creations!
Take half of a pear, and put it skin-side up on a plate. Then, cut pieces of red and green apples. (Quarter size works best.) Arrange the apple slices around the center pear piece to create the turkey’s “feathers.” Add raisins to the pear for eyes and a small, triangular piece of cheese for his beak.
Take a sandwich cookie and insert 5 candy corns into the side of the cookie (in the middle frosting) to create the turkey’s feathers. Then add another small candy like a miniature peanut butter cup onto the sandwich cookie. (You can use melted chocolate or peanut butter to attach the two pieces.) Add a dab of white frosting for each turkey eye and a dab of red for his beak.
The most important part of doing these crafts is spending time with your toddler. However, she’ll also be proud of her creations and excited about the Thanksgiving holiday to come.