Listen parents, sure, handprint turkeys are adorable, but there are other Thanksgiving crafts you can make with kids. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. There are no pressures of choosing, buying and wrapping the perfect gifts. There aren’t any obligations to go to plays, office parties or charity events. There’s just relaxing, eating and being thankful with those closest to you. My daughter and I like to spend the week leading up to Thanksgiving doing crafts. Here are some of our favorite pre-Thanksgiving activities.
Take a hike
Start the week off by taking a long walk around our neighborhood or strolling around a community park. We collect bark, leaves, pine cones and anything else that looks interesting. We use these to make several projects.
Pine cone turkey
(No tracing of hands required!) We use the pine cone as the body of the turkey. We stick leaves in the back of the pine cone as the feathers. Sometimes we even use real feathers if we find some on our walk. We use glue to hold the feathers in place. Then we cut out a circle of construction paper, draw a turkey face on it and glue it to the front of the pine cone. We put these on coffee tables, counters and bookcases for decoration.
We fill a tall, clear vase with fresh cranberries. The we stick treasures we found on our walk in it, such as leaves, bark, sticks, flowers and rocks. The vase goes in the center of the family dinner table.
We cut strips of paper out of construction paper. We write something we’re thankful for on one of the strips, then loop it into a circle and staple the ends together. Each time we think of something we’re grateful for, we write it on a strip of construction paper and loop it through the ring before it. We drape the ring over the mantel in the dining room.
These Thanksgiving crafts are easy and cheap, but the memories of doing them together are ones my daughter and I will always treasure. Our guests love seeing what we’ve created each year.