Halloween was over for about 30 seconds before our kids started asking when Thanksgiving would be here…clearly they share our love for holidays! Thanksgiving can be an overwhelming holiday for young ones, and they can sometimes feel left out of the celebration. Let’s face it there are no toys or candy involved, hoards of extended family are constantly in their faces and the day is rather long. To help keep our kids entertained and get them involved in what Thanksgiving means, we like to set a simple Thanksgiving table just of them, complete with a couple of kid friendly activities. You may remember our Kids’ Thanksgiving table from last year, which featured feather headdresses and floating boats. To celebrate with our little turkeys this year we went a little turkey crazy with lots of feathers, crayons and easy DIY turkey decor that anyone can make.
Thankful Turkey Centerpiece
The meaning of Thanksgiving can be hard for young ones to understand so we like to come up with crafts that help our kids learn what it means to be thankful. This year we chose to make our thankful craft one that would be a colorful centerpiece to our kids table: an adorable turkey with vibrant paper feathers. To make this craft easy for everyone we created templates for the feathers and turkey face.
We started by painting a round vase with brown spray paint. We cut our turkey head from brown card stock and printed our turkey face pieces from our turkey beak template and our turkey wattle template. We attached googly eyes and the turkey face pieces to the head with glue dots. Then we attached the turkey head to the body with glue dots. You can place a dry oasis inside the turkey body to hold the feathers or you can place a few skeins of yarn in the body. The skeins of yarn will hold the popsicle sticks perfectly!
To create the feathers, print our feather template onto various colors of card stock. Using scissors cut out each feather and make notches on either side. Let your kids write what they are thankful for on each feather. Using a few glue dots, attach a popsicle stick to the back of each feather and insert the feather into the turkey body.
Even though our kids are still a little too young to write down everything they are thankful for, we like to let them figure out the spelling on their own, or even draw little pictures of what they are thankful for. It gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment to take ownership of the project. We also love to see what they come up with on their own!
Feather Milk Jug
A simple milk jug can be used in so many ways; for Halloween, Easter, and lots more! To create our kids’ Thanksgiving beverage glasses, we tied a few colorful feathers to each jug with twine and inserted a colorful paper straw.
Paper Turkey Craft
No Thanksgiving table is complete without a place card and placemat, and our paper turkey craft works as both! It is the perfect activity to keep youngsters busy during the day while they wait for dinner to be served. To make this craft as easy as pumpkin pie, we created templates for everything including the turkey body, turkey face and turkey face favor bag label. Our white oval placemats double as the turkey body and the galvanized buckets that hold all the craft supplies work perfectly as place cards.
Using chalkboard stickers, we labeled galvanized buckets with our kids’ names and filled them with all the supplies needed to create each turkey (colorful feathers, glue dots, turkey face parts and crayons). Start by printing the turkey body template onto several sheets of white card stock and cut out each body. Next, print the turkey wattle template and turkey beak template onto red and orange card stock and cut out the shapes. We placed all the turkey face pieces and goggly eyes into a small favor bag labeled with with our Turkey Face Sticker. Simply print the Turkey Face Sticker onto a white label sheet, cut out each sticker and place on the front of the favor bags.
When the kids are ready to make their turkeys let them color the bodies any way they’d like using the crayons. Then have them attach the face parts with the glue dots. When they are ready to attach the feathers, turn the body over and have them attach the feathers along the top of the body with more glue dots.
Thanksgiving day should be as much fun for the kids as it is for the grown ups. With a few crafts, some fun decor and a lots of silliness it’s easy to have a fabulous time!
Ashley + Hallman