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Easy and festive Thanksgiving crafts for kids to brighten up the season

Christina Holt is a blogger and freelance writer who lives in Southern California with her husband and three boys. Christina uses her love of design, adventures in parenting and teaching background as inspiration for her writing on numer...

Tap into your child's creativity with fun Thanksgiving crafts

There are so many aspects of Thanksgiving that lend to fun and easy crafts. Bright fall colors, festive pumpkins and cute turkeys are just so fun to work with, and kids can get a good giggle while tapping into their creativity.

There's also so many learning opportunities that go with Thanksgiving crafts! Take the opportunity to talk to your child about Thanksgiving and what it means to be thankful and generous to others as you help them put together these fun ideas.

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Paper plate pumpkin

Tap into your child's creativity with fun Thanksgiving crafts

The pumpkin is a classic symbol of fall and Thanksgiving. Your child can enjoy making a simple Thanksgiving decoration while practicing coordination and fine motor skills.


  • Sturdy paper plates
  • Craft glue watered down to a paint consistency
  • Paintbrush
  • Orange tissue paper cut in small squares
  • Green construction paper cut into a small rectangle


  1. Paint the wrong side of the paper plate with the watered-down glue.
  2. Glue pieces of the orange tissue paper onto the plate.
  3. Glue the green construction paper to the top.

Paper cup turkey

Tap into your child's creativity with fun Thanksgiving crafts

Have your child gather some fall leaves and use them to make "feathers" on an adorable paper cup turkey craft. Once it's complete the turkey will be a cute decoration for your tabletop or mantel.


  • Paper cup
  • Brown craft paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Fall leaves
  • Glue
  • White, orange and red construction paper
  • Black pen
  • Scissors


  1. With the paintbrush, apply the brown paint to the paper cup. Allow it to dry.
  2. Turn the cup upside down and glue fall leaves to the back to make the turkey's feathers.
  3. Cut out two small white circles with your scissors. Use your black pen to put a black dot in the center of each circle, then glue them on to the cup to create the eyes.
  4. Cut out a squiggle from the red construction paper to form the gobbler, then cut out a triangle from the orange construction paper for the beak. Glue both pieces on to the cup.
  5. Cut out two feet from the orange construction paper, and glue them to the bottom lip of the cup.
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