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50 Thanksgiving Kids' Crafts

Keep your kiddos happily crafting in the weeks leading up to the holiday and during your Turkey Day get-together with our fun Thanksgiving kids' craft ideas.

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Fun Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Get the kids involved with Thanksgiving prep by having them help decorate with their homemade crafts. They can make place card holders, thumbprint or stamp table runners or napkins, gather leaves and paint pinecones to help add a finishing touch to your table settings and centerpiece. If you’re looking for ways to keep the kids busy while the turkey cooks, lay out some crayons and have them decorate the brown craft paper you used to cover the kids’ table. They can also make cards, paper straw necklaces or glove puppets. For older kids, print one of our word search or jumble games. If you can take the party outside, make a football toss game or have the kids bob for apples. When Thanksgiving is over, we’ve also got crafts to keep the kids busy on the long weekend, and holiday crafts to get started on Christmas.

First up: Start with the basics, a pail of crayons and a printed coloring page will always be a winning craft idea for entertaining kids. Pile your family table or the kids' table on Thanksgiving with a few festive coloring books and supply plenty of crayons and colored pencils to help them create a masterpiece. Another good idea? Invite them to write a list of things they're grateful for each day when working on their coloring project.

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Have Fun With 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.

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Mark Their Space

Instead of a tablecloth, cover the kids' table with brown craft paper and scatter crayons around then encourage them to decorate their place setting while waiting for dinner.

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Create Fall Greeting Cards

Treat family and friends to a happy mail day with a homemade greeting card from their favorite kid. Recreate these enchanting cards with creamy white construction paper and a pile of paper-punched leaves in various autumn colors. Give your kiddo glue sticks and encourage them to paste the leaves to their card in whatever festive fashion they see fit. Provide crayons or colored pencils so they can add illustrations or write a heartfelt note.

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