This is the best list of Thanksgiving crafts for toddlers! If you are looking to have fun with your littles, try these awesome and easy craft ideas!
Scroll down to the bottom of the post to get a video of one of our favorite Thanksgiving crafts for kids – I’ll let it be a surprise. I know you’ll love it!
Anyone have a young child or toddler in their life? I’ve got a two-year-old niece that likes to keep very busy. It’s fun to figure out various activities for her to do, especially during the holidays.
That’s one reason I wanted to assemble this list of Thanksgiving crafts for toddlers – my little niece needed some ideas! It also really helps that she loves animals, so turkey craft ideas are welcomed.
Have you ever heard a two-year-old try to make a gobble sound like a turkey? It’s pretty cute!
Thanksgiving Activities for Preschoolers
If you do these projects with your kids, my guess is that you’re going to have just as much fun as they do. I can guarantee it, but just a guess! Keep reading to get my tips for crafting with toddlers and then the Thanksgiving crafts.
Tips for Crafting with Preschoolers
1. Dress the part. Smocks work for older children, but with toddlers it can be more difficult to keep the art supplies isolated to the smock. Use an old dress shirt or oversized t-shirt to completely cover all clothing – or make sure all the clothes the child is wearing can get dirty.
2. Use kid friendly supplies. Look for craft supplies that say “washable” or “wash-out” when you are choosing, if that’s a concern for you. Just because something is non-toxic doesn’t mean its washable. Acrylic paint IS safe for kids, and I like Apple Barrel paint. But then refer back to rule #1 if the paint isn’t washable ?
3. Protect your table. You can expect that a child is going to go “off the grid” if you turn your head for a second. I recommend using a roll of paper (white butcher paper works well) or a dollar store tablecloth. Protect your kid, but also protect your furniture!
4. Limit what’s on the table. With older children, you can put out more supplies at once because they know what order to apply things. A toddler can’t necessarily make that same determination, so you should let them access the supplies in order.
Tip: you can speed up the drying of paint or craft glue with a hair dryer. I keep a hair dryer in my craft room because I’m impatient. I think it’s a great tool to use on crafts for preschoolers . . . because they are impatient too 😮
5. Let children have fun. It’s tempting to try to control children during the process, to get the outcomes that you want to achieve. As adults we want to do things “right.” I encourage you to let your children explore and make mistakes if necessary.
You can always craft close by, and show them what your idea of a perfect glitter pumpkin looks like (for example). I always like to let littles have their opportunity to express their idea of creativity instead of expressing mine.
Are you ready to get some cute Thanksgiving crafts for preschoolers? Check out the below projects and let me know what you think in the comments!
Thanksgiving Crafts for Toddlers
If you're looking to entertain your littles for the holidays, this list of Thanksgiving crafts for preschoolers is for you. All of them are completely attainable by young children, and definitely fun.
Learn how to make a colorful paper plate turkey craft with kids for Thanksgiving! It’s a great craft for preschoolers, kindergarten, and elementary age children. There’s also a free template available for the feathers and parts.
Your preschooler will love showing off what they are thankful for by wearing a printable turkey hat! The feathers on this craft have the writing prompt “I am thankful for…” which is a great way to work on reflection and gratitude.
This newspaper leaf garland is simple, easy and costs nothing to make! This Thanksgiving craft looks pretty on a mantle piece, strung around a mirror, running up a staircase, or even decorating a room for the holiday.
Don't throw away that bruised apple - use it to stamp some Thanksgiving art! Of course you can make apple prints with your apples, or add jack o’ lantern faces to your pumpkins after they are done drying.
Or you can turn your thankful hands into a thankful tree for a cute holiday display! Be sure to display your Thanksgiving handprint tree somewhere that everyone can see! It's a cute addition to your entryway or fireplace mantel.
These button pumpkins are absolutely adorable and easily use up any old buttons you may have been hanging on to in your craft stash. It will be fun to see what kind of pumpkins your toddler comes up with.