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Simple, Festive & Fun Thanksgiving Craft Ideas for the Whole Family

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Thanksgiving is less than three weeks away, and if you’re looking for fun ways to get the whole family into the spirit of the season, you’ve come to the right place!

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We’ve got some fun and festive craft ideas that the whole family will enjoy this Thanksgiving, with activities for children young and old. 
 
These crafts are not only a great way for the children to let their creativity shine, but they can also help to teach the little ones about giving thanks this holiday season. Now that it is beginning to get chilly outside, more time is spent inside, and crafting is a fun, inexpensive way to entertain your entire brood! These entertaining craft ideas are the perfect indoor activities to keep your children busy after school, on the weekends, and during downtime. This craft time is also a great time to engage in conversation with your children to discuss what they’re thankful for.
 
Follow the simple steps to each craft that goes beyond the simple hand turkeys. Once they are complete, use them as decorations this holiday season to get the whole family and guests into a festive mood!
 
Gratitude Wreath
Make little hand turkeys in different fall colors to decorate on a plain garland wreath. On each turkey hand, have your child write something they are thankful for. Once it is finished, hang it on your front door for everyone to see or inside your home to remind your family what Thanksgiving is really about!
 
Colorful Glove Turkey
The colorful glove turkey is a fun and unique way for children to let their creative side show this Thanksgiving. Stuff a rubber glove with cheerios and fruit loops then create a face on the outside of the glove. You can simply draw a face on or you can use items to decorate it. Once it is finished, display in a window at home or at the dinner table as a centerpiece!
 
Turkey Hat
There is a bunch of different ways to make a stylish turkey hat for Thanksgiving. This craft is simple and doesn’t take long to make either. All you need is a brown paper bag in which you will cut up, colorful feathers, googly eyes and crayons! Once you cut the paper bag the way you want it, most do a headband-like hat that they then attach fall colored feathers to. 
 
Paper Plate Turkeys
This simple craft only requires a couple of items and is super kid-friendly. Start out with painting a paper plate with a “turkey-colored” paint. Once it is dry, you can decorate the turkey with its features. Use colorful feathers to dress up your turkey and make him stand out. Make a face and some legs out of construction paper then throw on some googly eyes to give your turkey a real-life effect. Once the tiny masterpiece is complete, use as a welcoming decoration for your front door! 
 
Journal of Thanks
Have your little one create a Journal of Thanks to express their gratitude this Thanksgiving. Create a tiny journal by using festive colored string to hold it together and let your child decorate the front and inside. On each page will be one thing they are thankful for with either a photo they drew or decorations such as ribbons, dried pasta, tin foil, magazine cuttings, fabric scraps and anything else they can think of! This craft is a great idea for the older kids also, they can put their own twist on it instead of decorating it with kiddie-like items. Once the journal is finished, have them keep it in a safe place until Thanksgiving day so they can share their thanks at the dinner table for the whole family to hear!
 
The children aren’t the only ones that can have a great time with these exciting activities, don’t forget to find a way to show your thanks also! Whichever craft you decide to create, unless you do them all… will surely be enjoyed by the entire family! 
 
Have a great holiday craft you'd like to share?
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