These Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids Are Easy Enough for the Littlest Hands

Nov 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. ET
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Fall is a gorgeous time of year filled with color and — you guessed it — seasonal crafts. But not all Thanksgiving/fall crafts are created equal in terms of skill level. And it's never fun to watch tears of frustration form when a kid tries to create some crazy-difficult paper turkey DIY. Enter: these super-easy crafts.

These fun projects are simple enough for even your tiniest of crafters. Plus, there's even a thankful tree craft that doubles as a teachable moment for talking about gratitude. So gather your kids and your jar o' paste — and just make sure they don't eat it in the process.

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Paper plate pumpkin

Paper plate pumpkin craft

The pumpkin is a classic symbol of fall. Kids 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

paper cup turkey craft

Have your child gather some fall leaves and use them to make "feathers" on an adorable paper cup turkey. 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 onto 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 onto the cup.
  5. Cut out 2 feet from the orange construction paper, and glue them to the bottom lip of the cup.

Next: More easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids

Originally published October 2015. Updated November 2017.

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