19 Thanksgiving Crafts the Kids Haven't Tried Yet

The turkey's prepped, the table's set, now it's time to get ready for those pint-sized guests. 

While we agree that popsicle turkeys are pretty cute, we're always looking for new ways to celebrate the season and keep the kiddos entertained at Thanksgiving. This year, trade in the paper plates and glue for a fun-filled craft that the kids haven't tried yet.

Color Place Cards

Thanksgiving Placecards for Decorating
Thanksgiving Kids Style Placecards

Thanksgiving Placecards for Decorating

Thanksgiving Kids Style Placecards

What better way to show everyone to their seats than with personalized place cards? To keep things simple, print out some templates, pass out the crayons and have the kids color accordingly.

Paint Pumpkins

White Pumpkins and Mums

White Pumpkins and Mums

Beautiful white pumpkins and mums sitting on an old vintage chair on a porch in the autumn.

Photo by: Stephanie Frey

Stephanie Frey

Halloween may have passed, but pumpkins still make for a seasonally-appropriate centerpiece. For this craft, help the little ones paint their pumpkins white, then embellish according to taste. Fun variations include handprints, letters, patterns and even glitter.

Make This: Glitter-Glam Pumpkins

Get to Know Your Family Tree

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With so many aunts, uncles and cousins gathered together in one place, Thanksgiving is the perfect time for the kids to get to know all of their relatives. Simply have the little ones draw their trees, lay out the markers and ink and ask family members to add their names and thumbprints to the branches. By the end of the night, you'll all love seeing how your family's grown over the years.

Grow a Thankful Tree

Hang Messages on Thankful Tree

Hang Messages on Thankful Tree

As guests finish their messages, instruct them to tie them onto the tree so everyone can enjoy them. Tip: Curly willow branches have been dried, so no water is needed to keep them alive.

This one's just as much for the kids as the adults, TBH. While you craft a centerpiece of branches, ask the kids to cut out paper leaves and hand them to guests as they walk in. Once everyone's written down something that they're thankful for, hang the leaves on the tree and display for the whole family to see.

Create Word Searches + Scrambles

Printable Thanksgiving Word Games

Printable Thanksgiving Word Games

Download our free printable games — Thanksgiving Word Search and Thanksgiving Word Scramble — to keep school-age kids happily occupied while adults linger over a post-Turkey Day coffee, hot toddy or dessert cocktail.

They're old enough to sit at the grown-up table, but still too young to talk current events. Hey, we get it. Tell the tweens to put the phones away and give them an old-fashioned dose of entertainment. If they're really good, maybe Aunt Sarah or Uncle Jim will help them find that last word.

Download This: Thanksgiving Word Search

Ice Cake Pops

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Halloween Cake Pops
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Thanksgiving Cake Pops

Keep the look cohesive by selecting desserts from the same color palette, like these chocolate, yellow and orange cake pops.

Halloween Cake Pops

Kids love everything on a stick and they are sure to love cake pops! Use a basic cake pop recipe and coat with orange candy coating.

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer

It's not Thanksgiving without food, dessert included. Let the adults worry about which pies to bake and help the kiddos make cake pops instead. And if a few go missing? Well, we won't tell.

Make This: Pumpkin Cake Pops

Craft Candy Turkeys

Turkey Cupcake

Turkey Cupcake

Seriously, how cute is this little turkey — don't you just wanna gobble him up? Yeah, me too, and so will your littlest Thanksgiving guests. Bake cupcakes the day before and have icing and small bowls of candy prepped so kids can start decorating their cupcakes as soon as the festivities begin. Get step-by-step instructions.

If they're going to play with their food, the aftermath should at least be cute! Once everyone's enjoyed a second helping of gravy and stuffing, break out the leftover candy corn and let the kids get creative with the final course.

Make This: Turkey Cupcakes

Make Birds To-Go

Embellished Thanksgiving To-Go Cartons
Thanksgiving Kids' Craft: Fingerprint Turkey

Embellished Thanksgiving To-Go Cartons

Keep the littlest Thanksgiving guests happily occupied with this fun craft that allows them to personalize favor cups they can then fill with a custom sweet-and-salty snack mix.

Thanksgiving Kids' Craft: Fingerprint Turkey

Keep the littlest Thanksgiving guests happily occupied with these fun custom paper cup crafts. Decorate then fill with sweet-and-salty snack mixes.

Keep pint-sized Thanksgiving guests occupied with a station for painting to-go cartons. They'll love crafting thumbprint turkeys, and the adults will appreciate being sent home with leftovers in pretty packaging.

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Pheasant Place Cards/Party Favors

Kids will have as much fun crafting these cute place cards as they will devouring their sweet contents. Our free printable template makes assembly a snap. Ready to make your own? Get step-by-step instructions.

Paper-Straw Necklaces

Our free printable template, paper straws and twine are all you need for this easy craft project that's fun for kids of all ages. Learn how to make your own with our step-by-step instructions.

Foam and Straw Turkey

Just a little adult prep and basic craft supplies are all you need to keep kids busy for hours creating these cute turkey decorations. Get crafting now to make your own.

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Paper Leaf Centerpiece

Take the kids for a stroll outdoors to gather bare branches to fill with colorful card-stock leaves for this easy Thanksgiving centerpiece.

Turkey Cupcakes

Seriously, how cute is this little turkey — don't you just wanna gobble him up? Yeah, me too, and so will your littlest Thanksgiving guests. Bake cupcakes the day before and have icing and small bowls of candy prepped so kids can start decorating their cupcakes as soon as the festivities begin. Get step-by-step instructions.

Make a Sailing Ship Centerpiece

Kids will love helping to assemble this large sailing ship centerpiece, which is reminiscent of the vessels that brought Colonists to the new world. It's a cinch to make and will definitely bring a boatload of fun to any Thanksgiving table. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.

Inspire Their Inner Chef

Kids love desserts and they also love to help out in the kitchen. Help them grow their culinary skills by whipping up one of our 35 fall-inspired dessert recipes together.

Gourd-Geous Gobbler

Easily turn a gourd, pipe cleaners and felt sheets into a cute character for your Thanksgiving table. Get crafting with the step-by-step instructions from our friends at HGTV Magazine.  

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Set Up a Snack-Mix Station

Save kids from hunger and boredom while waiting on Thanksgiving dinner by setting up a fun snack-mix station where they can help themselves to a custom sweet-and-salty creation topped by their own artwork. Kids can munch on their custom mix during the Thanksgiving festivities or take their container home as a party favor. Get step-by-step instructions.

Embellish To-Go Cartons With a Fingerprint Turkey

Keep the littlest Thanksgiving guests happily occupied with this fun craft that allows them to personalize favor cups they can then fill with a custom sweet-and-salty snack mix.

Be Inspired by Mother Nature

Put kids' natural love of scavenging outdoors to work. Have them hunt for acorn caps, then attach them to a basic napkin ring (check your local dollar store) for a cheap-meets-chic finishing touch to your Thanksgiving table. Bonus: Learn how to make the magnolia leaf charger shown here.

Printable Word Games

Download our free printable games — Thanksgiving Word Search and Thanksgiving Word Scramble — to keep school-age kids happily occupied while adults linger over a post-Turkey Day coffee, hot toddy or dessert cocktail.

Turn Fall Leaves Into Art

What's more fun than taking the kids for a nature hike on a warm fall day? While you're out, have them search for the prettiest fall leaves you can frame, then include them in a wall grouping with printed seasonal sayings. See 8 more easy ways to deck out your walls for fall.

No Centerpiece Necessary

Get kids to help you beautifully bring the outdoors in by tying real or faux fall leaves onto fishing line. Attach the leaf streamers to the ceiling or light fixture above your dining table to re-create the effect of falling leaves. Get more tips for re-creating this look.

Stack a Pumpkin Topiary

Just a few materials and less than 30 minutes are all you and the kids need to create an elegant pumpkin topiary that will last throughout the fall season. Get stacking with our step-by-step instructions.

Make a Chain of Thanks

Turn giving thanks into a game. Print out our free template, attach to twine and ask your guests to anonymously write down what they're thankful for then take turns reading the sentiments aloud during dinner and guessing who wrote them. Get step-by-step instructions for creating the paper chain.

Craft a Glittering Banner

Kids love glitter (really, who doesn't?) but it can be messy, making these glammed-up chipboard letters a great project for older children. Craft your own with our step-by-step instructions.

Square Corn Husk Wreath

Buck round-wreath tradition and mix it up this year with a square wreath made by cutting florist foam into a window-frame shape then covering the foam with raffia and mini Indian corn. Get step-by-step instructions.

Whip Up an Easy Banner

Print our free template onto card stock, cut out the letters then attach them to strips of burlap for a rustic banner you can display anywhere.

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