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




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

Guests Putting Paper Leaves on Thanksgiving 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

Thanksgiving Word Scramble and Thanksgiving Word Search

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

Thanksgiving Cake Pops
Halloween Cake Pops
Rennai Hoefer

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

Thanksgiving 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.

Feeling Inspired? Get 19 More Cute Craft Ideas:

See All Photos

Shop This Look

Next Up

10 Hosting Essentials to Make Your Thanksgiving Table Shine

Wow your guests with a chic holiday table that's perfect for year-round use.

Meet the Team

Get to know the talented writers and editors of HGTV's show and design blog. 

Go Behind the Blog

From the Archives

Take a look back at our past posts, from entertaining and design trends to up-and-coming HGTV shows.  

Read All Our Past Posts

Go Shopping

Refresh your home with stylish products handpicked by HGTV editors.


Watch Live TV

Don't miss your favorite shows.

Live Stream HGTV Now

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.