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
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.
Print This: Custom Pumpkin Place Cards
Print This: Custom Turkey Place Cards
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
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
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.
Make This: Grow Your Own Thankful Tree
Create Word Searches + Scrambles
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
Download This: Thanksgiving Word Scramble
Ice Cake Pops
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
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
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.
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.
Paint This: Simply-Sweet Thumbprint Turkeys