Thanksgiving Holiday Crafts and
Decorations Kids Can Make
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday! What a spiritual renewal to take a day to
reflect over the past year about just how good God has been to you and your family, to give you harvest and
shelter, health and hope. To get the most out of this joyous occasion, make some holiday crafts with your children.
These days, Thanksgiving often gets squeezed out by Halloween's spooky decorations and the lights and gala
of Christmas. With the following holiday crafts, your home
can be decorated for this quieter but important Thanksgiving celebration.
Making Turkey Holiday Crafts
Kids can have a whole lot of fun making hand prints. Get a child to trace
around her hand and turn the resulting drawing into a turkey - just one of holiday crafts
Turkeys are a natural choice for decorations. A familiar project at
this time of year is for a child to trace around her hand and make the resulting drawing into a turkey. The thumb
is the head and the fingers are the tail feathers all displayed.
While many of the turkeys that are raised for food are now the
domestic white variety, the turkeys eaten by the Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving were the wild brown ones. The
tail feathers on a wild turkey are brown, but they are iridescent, catching light and appearing to be
multi-colored. This is why children color the tail feathers in bright colors.
The turkey's head has a wattle under the beak. This is a vertical
flap of loose skin that is red colored. Be sure to draw this in order to make the hand turkey look like a turkey.
Add skinny legs and bird feet. When done, the children can cut out the turkeys and hang them on the wall. It's
really cute to make a whole flock of these turkeys in the sizes of all the hands in the family. The little hand
shapes are particularly sweet.
Turkey Door Decoration
Another nice turkey decoration to make when making Thanksgiving
holiday crafts is a turkey door decoration. Make a brown construction paper body and head of a turkey. Now make a
large number of colored feather shapes. Each family member writes on a feather something he or she is thankful for
before attaching as part of the turkey's tail. Repeat until all the feathers are used, and hang the turkey on the
front door to greet visitors with a message of gratitude. Make a sign to accompany the turkey that says "Give
thanks to the Lord for He is good!" or simply "Be thankful!" or "We're thankful for you!" or whatever you
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Paper Chains Holiday Crafts
Children love making construction paper chains. To further decorate
the house for Thanksgiving, let them make a paper chain in fall colors as one of their holiday crafts. Using 9 by
12 inch construction paper, cut the paper in half across the long side and cut the halves into one inch thick six
inch long strips. Use a stapler to attach the ends of the strip into a circle. Loop the next strip into the circle
and staple it. Continue the process alternating colors of brown, red, yellow, and orange. When the chains are long,
you can drap them along the ceiling or stair rail. If you don't make the door turkey, the children can write
something they're thankful for on each strip of paper before adding it to the chain.
Thanksgiving is too nice a holiday to let the other more commercial
holidays crowd it out. By making holiday crafts to decorate the home for Thanksgiving, you can keep this day
special, too. The extended family, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc., will be pleased to see the holiday crafts the
young ones have made to decorate the house and make it cheerful for their visit.