20 Thanksgiving Kids' Crafts

Keep your little pilgrims happily crafting in the weeks leading up to the big event and during your Turkey Day get-together with our fun Thanksgiving kids' crafts.

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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.

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.

Craft Up a Gaggle of Edible Centerpieces

For most families, setting up a separate kids' table is as much a Thanksgiving tradition as turkey and pumpkin pie. When setting up their space, don't forget the centerpiece — fill vases with sweet, savory or healthy snacks to keep little pilgrims happily munching. Learn how to craft your own

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 40 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.  

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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