Three Super Simple Thanksgiving Crafts to Make With Your Kids

Nesting on 11.20.12

Image: Rebecca from Simple As That

My kids and I are super excited that Thanksgiving is just a few short days away. And do you know what we do when we get excited about a holiday? We start crafting. During the past few weeks we have gathered pine cones for centerpieces, turned dried leaves into animal art, and built turkey napkin holders. It's been a lot of fun, but my kids (especially my first grade daughter who we homeschool) want even more. Here are three simple and awesome projects that we can't wait to get started on. 

1. Thanksgiving Leaf Garland. Rebecca from Simple As That turned some scrap paper, used books pages, and string into a beautiful focal point for the holiday. This garland would look great hanging over a mantel or on a wall next to the dining room table. Rebecca said, "The kids loved every step of this project, from recording things they were thankful for, to stringing the leaves. Operating the hole punch was a big highlight too. Go figure."  So not only does this project promise some fun with the kiddos, but a garland that you'll be proud to display too. 

Mayflower Place CardsImage: Danyelle fromDandee Designs

2. Mayflower Place Cards. As a homeschooling parent, I am always on the hunt for ways to infuse learning into our everyday activities. This mini-Mayflower craft provides the perfect opportunity to do just that. Thanks to Danyelle from Dandee Designs,  these fabulous place card holders can add a history lesson right into your Thanksgiving festivities. I would recommend reading a book like ...If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 to round out this educational experience. Your children can wow family and friends with all they've learned between bites of turkey and stuffing. 


Thankful TurkeysImage: Jill from Meet the Dubiens

3. Thankful Turkeys. My little guy is only two, so asking him to string paper leaves or use sharp bamboo skewers is completely out of the question. That's why I love the simplicity of this adorable turkey project. Your little ones will be excited to use a glue stick, and you'll be delighted with the results. Most of the items needed to whip up this project are things you probably already have on hand, like an empty toilet paper roll, construction paper, scraps of craft foam, and a pair of googly eyes. Visit Jill from Meet the Dubiens to read the step by step directions. 

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