Kid’s Thanksgiving Craft: Paper Loop Turkey

My kids don’t have school today, which means I need to find some fun crafts and activities to keep them busy and away from the TV while I scramble around preparing for the big day tomorrow.  I found this paper loop turkey on Pinterest and my kiddos LOVE it!  I love that I had all the supplies on hand.  These turkeys would make cute napkin holders for Thanksgiving dinner or even name cards for the table.  Thanks Free Kids Crafts!

Here’s what you need to make these turkeys:

  • Construction paper: Brown, Tan, Orange, Gold, Red
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick

Here’s how to make them -> Paper Loop Turkey Tutorial


Last Minute Thanksgiving Craft Ideas

If you are looking for ways to keep your kids entertained on Thanksgiving Day, then here are a few simple, easy to prepare craft ideas just for you.  Thanks to Say Yes to Hoboken for the ideas!

Here is what you need to create the paper cup hats pictured above:

  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Paper cups
  • Any other craft items you might want to glue on the cups (feathers, buttons, pipe cleaners, google eyes, etc.)
  • Elastic, ribbon or string

Here is how to make them:

  • Using a sharp pen or pencil, poke a small hole in either side of the paper cup, towards the top.
  • Push the ribbon, string or elastic through the hole in one side, straight through the cup, coming out the hole in the other side.
  • Cut feathers, eyes, noses, Turkey bodies, buckles, etc. out of the construction paper
  • Create an assembly line and let the kids have at it, gluing whatever they want on their hats!  Let them use their creativity to create whatever kind of hat they would like.
  • When your child is done creating his masterpiece, then place the hat on his head and tie the ribbon/string/elastic under his chin.

Here is what you need to make Corn Necklaces:

  • Dried corn kernels – presoak them to soften them up and then use a thick needle to poke holes in each kernel
  • embriodery floss and a needle or stiff waxed kitchen twine

Here is how to make them:

  • For older kids, have them use embroidery floss or other string with a needle to string their neclace.
  • For younger kids have them use waxed kitchen twine or thin string stiffened at the end with glue to string their necklace.

If you have older kids that aren’t really into the crafting scene, then Thankgiving games and quizzes might be the better route.  Check out for some really great ideas.


Thanksgiving Craft: Thanksgiving Place Mats

Last week, I featured the super cute pinecone turkeys that can double as placecards for your Thanksgivng dinner table.  I thought I would continue the theme this week with Thanksgiving placemats.  My kids are so excited that they are actually doing something to contribute to the big day.  I am just excited to have something to keep them busy on yet another rainy day.  Thanks to Crafts for All Seasons for the idea!

Here is what you need to make these Thanksgiving Placemats:

  • At least two sheets of 12 x 18 inch Foamie sheets.  As pictured above, you will need three sheets, one brown, yellow, and orange. You can use as many colors as you wish, though.
  • A ruler
  • A pen
  • A craft knife or Exacto blade
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Here is how to make it -> Thanksgivng Placemats Tutorial