Fun Thanksgiving Activities, Crafts, Jokes, Facts, Recipes for Kids

 Thanksgiving is the time of year where we give thanks for all the wonderful things we have in our lives. 
Check out these kid friendly Thanksgiving activities below:

 

 

 Being Thankful Activities 

Corn Facts

Fall Facts

Jokes and Tongue Twisters

Pumpkin Recipes

Thanksgiving Facts

Thanksgiving Keepsake Craft

Turkey Facts

Turkey Handprint/Footprint Keepsake Craft

Turkey/Leaf Centerpiece Craft

Thankful Turkey Craft

Sock Turkey

 

 

 

 

 

Handprint Footprint Turkey Craft, Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Gobble, Gobble it’s turkey time!  This handprint, footprint turkey craft is fun to do with young children.  I personally love doing handprint and footprint crafts, they are wonderful keepsakes.  I did this craft at home with my little girl and again with the little kids in the class.  The parents really loved them.  Follow the step-by-step directions below to create a handprint, footprint turkey craft

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Materials: white, red, orange construction paper, paint ( I used brown, red, yellow, orange, gold), paintbrush, glue optional eye sticker or goggly eye, magnet

*If you have access to a laminator, I recommend laminating them.  If your making this at home with your child and do not have access to a laminator, many teach supply stores can laminate items for you for a small fee.

Step 1: Paint the bottom of your child’s foot brown and their toes orange.  This will be the turkey’s body and feet.

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Step 2: Have your child place their foot on white construction paper to make a footprint.

 

 

 

Step 3: Paint your child’s hand red and make a handprint on another piece of white construction paper.

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Step 4: Use the orange paint and repeat step 3.  Your going to layer your child’s handprint on top of each other on an angle as shown in the picture below.  Keep layering handprints with different color paints 4 times, as shown below.  You can even get creative and make a handprint of using a combination of the paints as shown below.

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Step 5: Using orange construction paper, cut out a turkey nose and glue it on to the turkey.

Step 6: Using red construction paper, cut out the turkey’s wattle and glue it onto the turkey.

Step 7: You can either draw an eye onto your turkey, use an eye sticker or even a goggly eye.

Step 8: Cut our the footprint and the handprint.  If your not going to laminate your turkey, simply position the hands (feathers) on to the foot (turkey body) and glue them together.  If your going to laminate them, you do not need to glue them together, just position them in between the laminate sheets and put the paper through the laminator.

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Optional Step 9: Glue a magnet to the back of the turkey.

 

 

Cute Thanksgiving Craft for Kids, Easy Sock Turkey

I saw a turkey sock puppet on Pinterest and had to try it.  I put my own twist on the craft and got excellent results.  I did this craft with a group of 20 kids ages 6-14 and they all loved it.  It was simple and makes a great decorative Thanksgiving craft. Follow the step-by-step directions below to make your own.

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Materials: Brown Sock (I used a men’s sock), foam orange and red pieces (instead of foam you can use construction paper or felt), googly eyes, fake leaves or feathers, ribbon, 2 rubber bands, glue, scissors, rice

Step 1: Pour 1-2 cups of rice into the sock depending on the size of the sock,  Then tightly wrap a rubber band around it.  The bottom should be round and fat. This will be the turkey’s body.

Step 2: Then pour half the amount of rice you used for the body into the sock.  This will be the turkey’s head. Make sure you tightly wrap a rubber band around the head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Depending on the size of your sock you can have a lot of a little of the sock left.  You need about three inches of the sock to make the house.  If your sock is longer cut it down.  Then fold it down over the head, so it looks like a beanie hat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4: Tie a ribbon around the first rubber band.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5: Glue googly eyes on.

Step 6: Cut a beak, wattle and feet out of foam, construction paper or felt and glue them on.

Step 7: Glue on the turkey’s feather’s.  I used fake leaves available at crafts stores.  You can also use construction paper, felt or fake feathers.

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Cute Thanksgiving Turkey Keepsake Craft/Thanksgiving Craft for Little Hands

I actually got this idea from a similar idea on Pinterest.  It was easy to do and came out great.  I will be able to hang it up every Thanksgiving for years to come.  Follow the step-by-step directions below to make your very own little hands turkey keepsake craft.

Materials: Canvas (my daughter will be 2 next month.  I picked up an 8×10 canvas at Wal-mart.  It was the perfect size), brown, red, yellow, green, orange and gold washable paint, paintbrush, sharpie or permanent marker optional- baby wipes for fast cleaning

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Step 1: Write the poem in permanent marker on the canvas, here is the poem, that I found on Pinterest:

This isn’t just a turkey,
As anyone can see.
I made it with my hand,
Which is part of me.
It comes with lots of love
Especially to say,
I hope you have a
Very happy
Thanksgiving Day!

Step 2: Out-line that canvas in gold paint.  It gives the picture a nice touch.

Step 3:  This part can be tricky depending on the age and personality of the child.  Like I mentioned earlier my daughter is 1 going on 2.  I found it easier to have one paintbrush per color to speed up the process.  It worked out well.  I painted her hand and thumb brown, and then red, orange, yellow and green on the remainder fingers.

Step 4:  Stamp your child’s painted hand on the lower right part of the canvas. Then I cleaned her hand with a baby wipe. Use red paint to make the wattle and use brown paint to make the turkey’s legs.

Step 5:  Let dry, then hang for an excellent Thanksgiving decoration and keepsake.turkey hand

I Am Thankful for… Thankful Thanksgiving Turkey Craft for Kids

This thankful turkey craft is a great activity/craft for children of all ages.  While the children get to make a nice Thanksgiving craft they also get an opportunity to think about and appreciate the great things they have in their lives.  Follow the step-by-step directions below to make your own thankful turkey Thanksgiving craft.

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Materials: Styrofoam cup, Styrofoam plate, paint (brown, red and orange), construction paper, markers, glue, stapler optional: googey eyes, glitter

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 1: Staple one Styrofoam cup to one Styrofoam plate for each child.

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Step 2: Have the children paint the Styrofoam cup brown.  This will be the turkey’s body.

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Step 3: While the cup (turkey’s body) is drying have the children draw and cut out feathers using construction paper.  Have the children write one thing they are thankful for on each feather or every other feather using markers. Optional decorate the feathers with glitter.  Glue the construction paper feathers to the Styrofoam plate.

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Step 4: Make the face of the turkey using orange paint for the beak and red for the wattle. You can paint on eyes or use goggley eyes.  Optional: draw feet and hands on your turkey.  Be creative and have fun!

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