Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts for Kids

Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts for Kids

Fall has officially begun! Before you know it, you’ll be at the dinner table on Thanksgiving day listing what you’re thankful for. Have your kids participate in fun themed activities and design some amazing creations with these easy and fun Thanksgiving arts and crafts for kids.

pumpkin stress ball

Pumpkin Stress Balls

Creating Pumpkin Stress Balls are a perfect fun themed activity for your child.  Once complete they can use them when feeling a little stressed. First, you’ll need:

  • Orange Balloon
  • Black marker
  • Rice


Take an orange balloon and doodle a face on it. (I’m talking googly eyes, a tongue and a silly nose!) Fill the balloon with a handful of rice, only half full. Safely tie the balloon for your kid so rice doesn’t fall out.

You’re all done! Now squeeze your DIY stress ball to your heart’s content.


Thanksgiving Coasters

Need new coasters in time for Thanksgiving dinner? Have your kids create their own DIY coasters with designs of their choice. You’ll need:

  • Wood Coaster: can be bought here.
  • Pencil
  • Colored markers OR
  • Paint and Paintbrushes
  • Mod Podge: can be bought here.
  • Stencil (optional)
  • Take a wood coaster
  • Now is the time to print out a stencil or grab one on hand


Draw out your design or trace it using the stencil, some ideas are: autumn leaves, a turkey, or even something you’re thankful for, the possibilities are endless! Take your paint and paintbrushes to color in the design, or use your colored markers to do the same. In addition to the colored paint on your coaster, paint over it with Mod Podge to seal your design. Now you can use your coaster for Thanksgiving dinner!


Turkey Headband:

In addition to decorations, make this easy Turkey Headband to wear on Thanksgiving night. You’ll need:

  • Colored Cardstock or Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Tape
  • Turkey Template (see image)


Print out this Turkey Template. Cut out each piece of the template. Trace each part of the template onto your cardstock color of choice, you can make it as colorful as possible! (Trace multiple feathers on the cardstock.)

Cut out your pieces using the scissors. Have a long strip or multiple equally sized strips of cardstock to paste your cutouts on. Tape together the headband according to the size of your head.

Use a glue stick or tape to paste body on the front of the headband, the eyes and nose onto the top circle of the body, the feathers in the back side of the headband and the feet at the very bottom

Try it on and wear it on Thanksgiving!

paper cornucopia

Paper Bag Cornucopia

Teach your child about the significance of the cornucopia and have them put the vegetables of a cornucopia inside it! You’ll need:

  • Paper Bag
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil
  • Colored Cardstock


Take your paper bag and draw a cornucopia shape on it with your sharpie. Draw or trace pumpkins, corn, eggplant, grapes and apples and more onto the cardstock with a pencil. Cut the fruits and vegetables out. Place the vegetables and fruits inside the paper bag

And there you have it!

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