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Crafts and Activities for Thanksgiving!

Do you like to celebrate Thanksgiving with arts and crafts? I think it is fun to connect with our children and our inner child with crafts around this time of year. However, it can be hard to decide on what Thanksgiving crafts you’d like to do. Here are a few of my favorites to do with my kids!

I Am Thankful Paper Chain

Give thanks this month with a meaningful gratitude craft. It’s also a simple decor idea that’s sure to become a favorite new family tradition. Cut strips of paper then encourage the kids to fill out a slip about what they are thankful for and staple the slips together to create a paper chain. It’s a great way to teach gratitude. Here is a great dice to make it into a family game from Views From A Step Stool!

Leaf Clay Dishes

Fall is the best time for crafts with fallen leaves. We love these clay dishes that are simple to make and can be used to decorate for the season. Go on a leaf hunt, and then roll out your air dry clay. Press your leaf down onto the clay; make sure to press firmly to make sure all details on the leaf are imprinted onto the clay. Remove the leaf from the clay and trim around the outline (popsicle sticks, play doh knife, cheese spreader are all kid friendly options). Gently fold up the edges of your outline. There is no specific pattern required, just make sure to leave a little bit of space between rolls. Dip a sponge in a bit of water and use it to smooth out portions of the clay. Let dry for 24 hours., once hardened paint, then seal with mod podge.

Turkey Craft

Do you have young children? Or maybe children that can be a little impatient so you need to choose a simpler craft? Well, that is why I think this turkey craft is a good choice. It is simple and cute. You can even tie in some math sense having your little one make a pattern with the feathers. On a brown piece of paper fold in half and draw half the body shape on the folded side and cut out, or cut any shape turkey if you want to get in some shape practice! Next add googly eyes, draw on a beak and gobble. For the feathers cut strips of paper, and fold back and forth like an accordian. glue to the back of the turkey.

Ombre Pinecones

Create a rainbow of ombre pinecones to decorate your mantle or sideboard with! There’s even budget-friendly fake pine cones that can help you avoid the mess of using real ones. If you do decide to do real ones, bake in an oven at 250 degrees for 40 minutes to get rid of unwanted pests! To create your ombre colors pick your dark color and squeeze out 3 puddles, leave the first puddle alone, in the next add 2 drops of white, and in the third add 5 drops of white. Starting at the bottom paint up 2-3 edges, then go to the next lighter color, and lastly he lightest color.

Popsicle Stick Pumpkin Pies

I love this cute and easy craft that is also sweet! First grab three popsicle sticks and glue them together to look like a triangle, set aside to let them dry completely. When dry, it’s time for the painting! Squirt some orange paint on a paper plate, paint the popsicle stick triangle shape completely, let dry. Once dry, trace the popsicle stick design on some scrapbook paper, to make the inner part of the pumpkin pie {trim it down slightly to be a smaller triangle than your popsicle sticks}. Glue it onto the triangular design. For the finishing touches cut a strip of brown cardstock to look like the crust of the pie and glue it to one side of the triangle shape. Then grab a cotton ball and glue it to the center of the triangular design for the “whipped topping.”

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