Thanksgiving: Kid’s Crafts…

Look who is now residing in my kitchen:

My cute little Thanksgiving Pilgrims are out, so that must mean that Thanksgiving is on its way! My mother-in-law gave us these cute little salt and pepper shakers a few years ago. They are from the Publix Thanksgiving commercials.

I thought I would do a few Thanksgiving related posts through this month. This first one, I will include a few ideas for cute Thanksgiving Crafts:

I love these pilgrims and Indians. I have always wanted to do these in my classroom, but I haven’t yet. They are made from Zoo Pal plates. Turn them over to the back and paint them with tempera paints. Add embellishments- wiggle eyes, wooden noses, bingo dot cheeks… and you have a super cute craft. I found this idea at The Virtual Vine.

My personal favorite the turkey handprint with cute poem:

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

I bought the kids plain little tees from Walmart last year and put their handprint turkeys directly on the shirt. They turned out cute.

Every year in my classroom, we make Thanksgiving shirts by using the kids’ handprints to look like an Indian head: 

One year the kids in my class made pilgrim hats out of paper cups. We used these as our place cards for Thanksgiving Feast. They looked similar to this:

I didn’t cut the bottom out for a snack cup, but that’s cute too. We covered ours in black paper and then glued the cup on a black paper circle. I left the white rim of the cup showing and it looked like the buckle.

This year, D3’s teacher is having us decorate a turkey at home. Our turkey doesn’t want to be eaten for Thanksgiving, so we have to disguise him, so that he doesn’t get caught.

My name is Tom Turkey
And I’m afraid as I can be.
I’m wearing my disguise
So you won’t catch me.


Here is are a couple of links for a blank turkey for this project:


There are other super cute activities at that last link, as well.


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  1. I thought those salt and pepper shakers looked familiar! LOL

    Those handprint shirts are adorable. I might do this with my kids. Did you just get fabric paint from Walmart or Michaels?
    Thanks for the idea!

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    Yes, I used fabric paint. I don’t remember where I got mine, but you should be able to get it at either place. 🙂

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  4. We just did the turkey handprint on a t-shirt today with two 2 year olds. It turned out great!!
    I’m hoping to post a picture on my blog soon. My husband has the camera in the car!


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