Thanksgiving Crafts and
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How to Make Crafts, Games, and Learning Activities Relating to Thanksgiving and Being Thankful

 

Thankful Turkey Paper Plate Craft for Thanksgiving

Turkey Paper Plate Craft from www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need:

Dinner-sized paper plates

Card stock (heavy paper)

Paint

Colored pencils

Crayons

Glue, tape and scissors

 

How to Make a Thanksgiving Paper Plate Turkey Craft:

1. You will need two paper plates for the body of the turkey. Cut the first paper plate to make the neck and stomach of the turkey as shown in the picture. (Pattern available to members.)

2. Glue that paper plate to another paper plate to make a holder.

3. Use the left over part of the cut paper plate to make the turkey's wings. Glue them to the turkey body. (Pattern available to members.)

4. Use a white crayon to draw small white lines all over the turkey. Then paint over the entire turkey with brown and other turkey colors. The white lines will show through.

5. When the paint is dry use a black marker to draw black lines on the turkey's tail feathers.

6. Draw a turkey head and feet onto card stock, color it and then cut it out. (Pattern available to members.)

7. Bend down the neck and glue the head to the neck as shown in the picture.

8. To finish glue the feet to the bottom of the turkey.

9. Cut turkey feather shapes from construction paper and have your guest write things they are thankful for on the feathers and them place them in the turkey.

10. At dinner time read what is written on the feathers. You can make it a game and see if your guests can guess who wrote the words on each feather.

 

Paper Plate Turkey Craft for Kids

This is a great art project for teachers who teach first grade and older children. Use it to teach children the history of Thanksgiving and how we celebrate the season. Use the crafts to decorate bulletin boards or send them home with your students to decorate their own Thanksgiving tables.

Turkey Paper Plate Craft for Kids from www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need:

Two dinner-sized paper plates

Paint

Scissors

Colored paper

Googly eyes

 

How to Make a Paper Plate Turkey:

Turkey's body1. To make the turkey's body roll one paper plate into a cone shape and staple it closed. Cut the bottom off the wide end of the cone so that it is even all the way around. See picture to the right.

2. Fold the pointed end of the cone down 2 inches to make the head of the turkey.

3. Cut wing shapes from the left over part of the paper plate you cut off the cone and glue them to the body as shown in the picture above. Paint the turkey's body.

4. Cut the turkey's caruncle from red construction paper and the feet from yellow or black construction paper. Glue the feet to the inside of the cone as shown in the picture. Glue the caruncle to the underside of the turkey's head.

5. To make the turkey's tail feathers fold another paper plate so that one side is about 1 1/2" from the opposite edge of the paper plate. Cut the paper plate at the fold. Paint the paper plates and then glue them together. Then glue them to the back of the turkey.

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"I'm A Turkey!" is another great book by Jim Arnosky, author and illustrator of over 100 wildlife and nature books for kids. In this book Arnosky illustrates a song about turkeys. It's fun and catchy yet very informative.

You can even download the song sung by the author from Scholastic's web site.

 

Fall Harvest Turkey

Fall Harvest Turkey Craft from www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need:

Card stock (Heavy Paper)

Colored Pencils (Optional)

Fall Harvest such as seeds, Dried flowers, and Leaves

Glue

 

How to Make a Harvest Turkey:

1. Print out the turkey picture onto card stock. (Black and White Pattern (PDF Pattern) or Color Pattern) (PDF Pattern) (Printing Problems?)

Turkey Close-up Picture2. Have your children color the picture and then glue seeds from plants they have collected. Take them for a walk in the woods or around the neighborhood with some harvest bags. Have them look at trees, flowers, and weeds to see if they can find seeds or other plant material that they may want to use on their pictures.

3. If you can't go outside, you can use seeds from fruit, dried beans, peas, herbs, or even cereal to decorate the turkey.

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The Story of Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

Turkey Craft - Thanksgiving Craft - The Story of Thanksgiving Turkey Craft from www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need:

Printer paper

Construction paper

Paper glue

Crayons or markers

Brass brad

Hole punch

Scissors

 

How to Make The Story of Thanksgiving Turkey Craft:

1. Draw and color a picture of a turkey without tail feathers on a piece of paper. Cut around the back end of the turkey where the tail feathers would go. (A pattern for this craft is available to members in the member's only section.)

2. Cut out some tail feather shapes and write one sentence on each feather about the Story of Thanksgiving. (A pattern for the tail feathers with the story written on them is also available to members.)

3. Place the feathers in order, punch a hole at the bottom of the feathers with a hole punch, and punch a hole in the middle of the turkey's body.

4. Insert the feathers in the slit you cut around the turkey's body and place the brad through the hole in the turkey's body and the feathers. Glue the whole picture to a piece of construction paper. Place glue only at the sides so that the feathers will be able to move.

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The Story of Thanksgiving Paper Plate Turkey Craft

Turkey Craft - The Story of Thanksgiving Paper Plate Turkey Craft from www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need:

Three snack-sized paper plates

Paper

Glue

Paint

Brass brad

Google eyes

Scissors

 

How to Make the Story of Thanksgiving Paper Plate Turkey Craft:

1. Place two snack-size plates together, top-to-top. Cut about 1/3 off the tops of the plates and glue them together to make the turkey's body. Do not glue 1 1/2" from the top left-hand edge of the paper plates (where the tail will be attached). You will need this area to spread out the feathers. Leave the cut edge of the plates open. You will use this to store the turkey's tail feathers.

2. Cut another snack-sized paper plate in half. Fold one half in thirds to Turkey Thanksgiving  Paper plate craft Storymake the turkey's head. Fold the other half in half to make the turkey's wing.

3. Paint the head, body, and wing and glue them together as shown in the picture. Glue on google eyes.

4. Print out the feet pattern (PDF Pattern) and use it to cut feet from yellow Turkey Thanksgiving Paper plate craft 3construction paper. Glue the feet to the body. Cut a waddle from red construction paper and glue to the turkey's face. Patterns for the feathers are available to members only in the members only section.)

5. Print out the tail feather patterns onto colored paper. Cut them apart and place them in order in a pile with the beginning of the story on the top. (You can also print out the feathers without any words to make up your own story or use them to write things on them that you are thankful for. (The Story of Thanksgiving) Patterns for the feathers are available to members only in the members only section.)

6. Punch a hole at the bottom of the feathers with a hole punch, and punch a hole in the top left-hand side of the back paper plate where the tail should be attached.

7. Insert the feathers between the two paper plates and insert the brad through the holes in the feathers and the hole in the back paper plate and open up the prongs to secure it. The feathers can be stored inside the turkey's body.

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Paper Plate Turkey Craft

Turkey Paper Plate Craft from www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need:

Dinner-sized and snack-sized paper plates

Construction paper

Glue

Paint

Scissors

 

How to Make the Paper Plate Turkey Craft:

1. Glue two large plates together and two small plates together top to top. Glue the small plate to the side of the large plate to make the turkey's head. Fold two small plates in half and glue them to the turkey's body for the wings. Cut a small plate in half and then fold it in thirds for the beak and glue it to the head.

2. Paint the turkey's body brown and the beak orange.

3. Print out the feet pattern (PDF Pattern) and use them to cut from yellow construction paper. Glue them to the body. Cut a waddle and hat shape from construction paper and glue to the turkey. Cut feather shapes, 3" x 12", from different colors of construction paper and glue them to the body of the turkey.

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Thanksgiving Napkin Holders

Thanksgiving Craft - Turkey Craft - Thanksgiving Turkey Place Holder Craft from www.danillesplace.comWhat you will need:

Card stock (Heavy Paper)

Colored pencils

Scissors

Napkins

 

How to Make the Thanksgiving Napkin Holders:

1. Print out the turkey Napkin Holder Pattern and cut it out. Glue the strip of paper pattern to the back of the turkey pattern. Color Pattern (PDF Pattern) or Black and White Pattern (PDF Pattern)

2. Lay a napkin out flat on a table. Fan fold the napkin using 1/2-inch folds. Fold the fan-folded napkin in half (Diagram 1) and then fold up the folded end two inches (Diagram 2). Wrap the strip of paper that is attached to the turkey pattern around the folded end of the napkin (Diagram 3).

3. Spread out the napkin to form a fan and tape the edges in the middle together so it stays in a fan shape.

Thanksgiving Turkey Craft Diagram
Thanksgiving Turkey Craft Diagram 2
Thanksgiving Turkey Craft Diagram 3

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Thanksgiving Turkey Placeholders

Thanksgiving Turkey Placeholders CraftWhat you will need:

Card stock (Heavy Paper)

Colored pencils

Scissors

 

How to Make the Thanksgiving Turkey Placeholders:

Thanksgiving Turkey Placeholder craft Picture1. Color the pictures and cut them out.

2. Print out the turkey patterns, cut them out, and fold back on each line to make the placeholders stand up. Glue the bottom fold to the back of the top fold to form a wedge shape.

Patterns: Pilgrim Man Turkey (PDF Pattern), Indian Turkey (PDF Pattern), Pilgrim Woman Turkey (PDF Pattern)

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Thanksgiving Poem Place Mat

Thanksgiving poem Placemat CraftThis place mat has a Thanksgiving poem written by Ralph Waldo Emerson

"For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends."

Children color the picture and glue it to a piece of construction paper. Laminate it to use it as a place mat. Also available in color.

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"I Made a Little Turkey" Thanksgiving Activity Sheet

Thanksgiving Poem Craft from www.daniellesplace.comThis activity sheet says, "I made a little turkey so everyone can see that I am very thankful that God's been so good to me." ©Carolyn Warvel

Children trace their hands and color in the turkey shape and the leaf boarder.

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Foam Egg Turkey Craft

Thanksgiving Turkey Egg CraftWhat you will need:

Foam egg

Feathers

Golf tees

Craft foam

Googly eyes

Craft foam leaves

 

How to Make the Foam Egg Turkey Craft:

1. Paint the egg brown and the golf tees orange. When they are dry stick the golf tees into the eggs as shown in the picture.
2. Glue feathers to the back of the egg and two foam leaves to the sides for wings. Cut a beak shape and waddle from fun foam and glue to the egg. Glue on googly eyes.

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Thanksgiving Coloring Card From Memory Cross

Memory Cross has a unique Thanksgiving card that will help you teach your kids why we give thanks and to whom we give thanks. 

Memory Cross - The most innovative way to share the Gospel

 

Foam Leaves and Marshmallow Thanksgiving Turkey Craft for Kids

Thanksgiving Turkey fun foam craftWhat you will need:

Foam Fall Leaves

Foam Marshmallows

Craft spoons

Brown Acrylic Paint

Black and yellow paper or foam for the hat

 

marshmallow Thanksgiving turkey craft diagramHow to Make The Turkey Craft:

1. Paint the foam marshmallow and craft spoon brown.

2. Glue the craft spoon to the front of the marshmallow as shown in the diagram on the right.

3. Glue foam leaves to the back of the marshmallow for feathers. Glue two leaves to the sides for wings.

4. Cut the tips off of two yellow oak leaves for the feet and glue them to the bottom of the marshmallow for feet.

5. Cut a waddle from a red leaf and a beak (diamond shape) from a yellow leaf. Glue them to the craft spoon as shown.

6. Cut a hat shape from black foam or colored paper and glue on a yellow band. Glue to the turkey's head.

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Thanksgiving Pot Holder Craft for Kids

Thanksgiving Turkey Potholder Craft for KidsWhat you will need:

Design Your Own Customizable Pot Holders

Bold Tip Brilliant Color Fabric Marker Set or Stained by Sharpie Brush Tip Fabric Markers

 

How to Make the Thanksgiving Pot Holder Craft:

1. Decide what you would like to draw on the pot holder and draw the picture with a pencil.

2. When you have the picture the way you would like it to look, trace over it with permanent markers or fabric paint.

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Count Your Many Blessing Coloring and Activity Sheet

Thanksgiving Count Your Many Blessing Coloring Sheet CraftChildren help the squirrel count his blessings and then think of ways they have been blessed.

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Basket Full of Leaves Paper Craft

Fall Basket of Leaves Paper Craft from www.daniellesplace.comThis is a fun and easy craft for all ages. This craft can be used in many ways:

1. Children can send notes written on the leaves to their friends. They can write one word on each leaf and see if their friends can put the leaves in order to find figure out the message.

2. Children can write their vocabulary, math facts, or spelling words on the leaves and use them to review.

3. They can use them on Thanksgiving, and write thankful things on the leaves.

For directions to this craft go to the Language Arts Page.

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Thanksgiving Memory Baskets

Thanksgiving Memory Baskets Craft from www.daniellesplace.comCandy and Crackers are placed in the basket to represent different parts of the Thanksgiving story. Print out the basket patterns: blank basket (PDF Pattern), pattern shown basket (PDF Pattern), or triangle pattern basket (PDF Pattern). Color the baskets and then staple the sides together by overlapping the pointed ends. Staple the basket handle to the sides. Introduce each of the following objects and ask your students how they might relate to the First Thanksgiving story.

Chocolate Earth Balls - The pilgrims lived in England where the king made all the laws and the people had to obey them. He told them what church they had to go to and how they had to worship. The pilgrims believed that they should be free to worship God the way they wished. When they heard about the New World in North America, they thought it would be a great place where they could go and live in freedom.

Tiny Twist Pretzels - The pilgrims believed in God and felt that they should be free to worship God the way they wanted to. They should be able to pick their own pastors and make their own laws. The pretzels represent praying hands. The pilgrims prayed for a place they could go to be free to worship God the way they wanted to. They prayed for Gods protection on their trip across the ocean and for God to help them in the new land.

Oyster crackers or Other Dried Bread and Jerky - If the weather was bad on the Mayflower, the pilgrims had to eat cold biscuits and salted meat.

Stick Pretzel - The pilgrims cut down trees and used logs to build their homes.

Mini Marshmallows - Reminds us of snow and the first winter in the new land in which only half the pilgrims survived.

Candy Corn and Gold Fish Crackers - Squanto showed the pilgrims how to grow corn by placing four seeds into a little mound of earth and placing fish around the seeds.

Life Saver Candies - God helped the pilgrims survive in the new land. He sent Squanto to help the pilgrims and show them how to find food. He was their life saver.

Maple candies - Squanto showed the pilgrims how to tap the maple trees to get their sap.

Teddy Grahams - The pilgrims had to learn to defend themselves against wild animals like bears.

Trix Fruity Flavors or Other Fruit Shapes or Dried Cranberries - Squanto taught the pilgrims where to find wild berries and fruits and how to dry them for the winter.

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Thanksgiving Treat Baskets

Use these baskets to thank people in your life that have helped you in the past year.

Place treats such as cookies, candy and small gifts in the basket with a "thank you" note.

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Candy Corn Book

Candy Corn Stars
Written by Nancy Foss

Candy Corn Stars Poem Craft for Kids from www.daniellesplace.com"One candy corn just for me.
Two candy corns make me smile with glee.
Three candy corns of yellow, orange, and white.
What a colorful sight.
Four candy corns I hold in my hand to share.
Five candy corns I place on my plate with care.
A star, a star of candy corns so sweet.
Thank you, God, for this special treat.

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You will also find other crafts and activities to go along with this theme on the members only section: a candy corn rhyme, math, and baking.

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Sweet Treat Candy Corn Frame with Bible Verse

Candy Corn Frame CraftThe Bible Verse in the Frame is - “How sweet are your words to my taste; they are sweeter than honey.” (Psalms 119:103) Written on the candy corn shapes. are great tasting words for the soul such as: peace, love, joy, forgiveness, faith, trust, etc.

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Fall Acorn Craft

Fall Acorn Craft for Kids from www.daniellesplace.com"There's power in the acorn and there's power in me.
Just like the tiny acorn that grows to be a tree,
Whose branches reach to heaven for all the world to see,
When I reach up to thee, Lord, I'll become what I am supposed to be."
© Carolyn Warvel

(It is illegal to copy this poem and place it on another web site even if you include the author.)

What you will need: Brown and tan construction paper or card stock, brown yarn, hole punch, Scotch tape, and glue.

What to do: Print out the pattern for the acorn tops (PDF Pattern) onto dark brown paper and acorn bottoms (PDF Pattern) onto tan paper.

If you would like your children to come up with their own poem, you can use the blank acorn bottom pattern (PDF Pattern).

1. Cut out the patterns, punch hole where indicated.

2. Cut long lengths of brown yarn and wind tape around on end.

3. Show your children how to weave the yarn around the acorn top through the holes. Tape the end of the yarn to the back of the acorn.

4. Glue the top of the acorn to bottom of the acorn.

This craft goes along with the book The Boy Who Dreamed of an Acorn by Leigh Casler, Illustrated by Shonto Begay, published by Penguin Books, 345 Hudson, NY, 10014.

In this book a young Indian boy goes on a spirit quest to discover what his gifts are. He wanted to dream a powerful dream of a bear or mountain lion, but he only dreamed of a tiny acorn that seemed to him to have no power at all. He went to a wise man who told him, "To each a different gift is given, and to each a different dream does come. Be happy with with your dream." This story is about how a boy learns to accept his gifts and learns that each gift has a different kind of power. (This book is currently out of print, but you may be able to find it in your library. If your library doesn't have this book, ask them to place a request for this book. If the publishing company gets enough requests, they just might put it back into print.)

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Acorn Shape Book

Acorn Shape Book from www.daniellesplace.comThis little acorn shape book comes with a poem page and pages on which your children can write or draw about what they would like to be.

What you will need:

Tan and brown construction paper

White paper

Scissors

Crayons

Markers

 

 

How to Make the Acron Shape Book:

1. Print out the Acorn Pattern (PDF Pattern) onto tan paper and the Acorn Cap Pattern (PDF Pattern) onto brown paper. Cut out the patterns. In class have your children glue the cap to the acorn and then draw a face on the acorn.

2. Print out the Poem and Title Page (PDF Pattern) onto white printer paper, make copies, and cut them out. Print out the Acorn Pattern (PDF Pattern) onto white paper to make extra pages.

3. In class have your children read the poem and discuss it. Have them think about what they would like to be and draw pictures or write about it in their books.

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What I Can Be
Written by Carolyn Warvel

You may think I’m just a little acorn,
Living way up in this tree,

But I have a little secret,
I’m much more than you can see.

You only see my outside,
But there’s a glorious seed in me.

I have a lot of potential,
There’s much more that I can be.

Someday I’ll fall from here
And grow to be a tree!©Carolyn Warvel

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Thanksgiving Pilgrim Paper Dolls

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Thanksgiving Pilgrim and Indian Paper Doll crafts for KidsPilgrim and Indian Paper Dolls

These cute paper dolls come with all kinds of accessories, turkey, hats, head bands, horse, papoose, pumpkins, and more.

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Teepee Table Place Holders for Your Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving Teepee place holders  Craft for KidsWhat you will need: Paper, tape or glue, large toothpicks, and crayons or markers.

How to make:

1. Print out the teepee pattern (PDF Pattern) or make your own design using the pattern as a guide.

2. Color the teepee and write the names of the people who will be sharing your Thanksgiving dinner on each teepee.

3. Tape or glue 3 toothpicks onto the back of the teepee. at the top.

4. Curl the pattern into a teepee. shape and tape the back closed.

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Craft Spoon Turkey Thanksgiving Art Idea

Thanksgiving Craft Spoon Turkey Craft for KidsWhat you will need:  Craft spoons, wiggly eyes, wooden shapes for the turkey's wattle and beak, red, brown, black, and white paint,  and glue.

How to make: 

1. Use the pattern (PDF Pattern) provided to glue the craft spoons together to form the turkey's body. Cut the skinner part off of two craft sticks to form the turkeys wings.

2. Glue on wiggly eyes.

3. Paint a teardrop shaped wooden piece red and glue it on to the turkey as shown. 5. Glue on a smaller teardrop shaped piece upside down to form the beak.

4. Glue onto smaller craft sticks on each side of the turkey's head and neck to form wings.

4. Paint your turkey.

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Leaf Wreath Craft

Fall Leaf Wreath Craft for kidsWhat you will need: Different colors of paper, tag board or poster board, scissors. 

How to make:

1. Print out the leaf pattern (PDF Pattern).  Use the leaf patterns to cut out leaves from different colors of paper.

2. Cut out the wreath base from tag board or poster board.  Cut a circle about 9" wide and then cut out a 4 3/4" circle from the inside of the 9" circle.

3. Glue on the different leaves around the circle to make a wreath.

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Comment from subscriber: I used the Leaf Wreath Craft idea and pattern to make a special set of paper dishes with my class. In the middle of the plate they wrote a Thanksgiving Prayer to read before the meal. The first grade children were very exited and went wild on thanking God.
Alessandra

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Paper Pilgrim Hat Craft for Kids

Thanksgiving Pilgrim Hat Craft for KidsWhat you will need: Paper Grocery bags scissors and white paint, white ties cut from material.

paper pilgrim hat craft diagramHow to make:

1. Cut the bottom off the grocery bag so that it is about 8" high.

2. Cut one of the short sides out. (One of the sides that has the folds in it.)

3. Fold back the edges of the side that you just cut about two inches. Do it two times. Now paint the hat white and staple or glue on some ties. If you don't have time to make a hat you can just tie a white scarf on the pilgrim.

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Thank You Boxes

Another good Thanksgiving craft is to make Thank You God boxes. The kids decorate small boxes (check boxes or small gift boxes or any other kind of box of an appropriate size) that are large enough for a small pad of paper and a short pencil. During the year, the children and their families use the paper to write down things they are thankful for and put the paper in the box. On Thanksgiving, all of the "thank you's" are read during the families prayers. Mary Funderburg--Tuscaloosa, Alabama

 

Blessing Mix

*Each ingredient in this snack mix symbolizes something associated with Thanksgiving.

2 cups   Bugles brand corn snacks - shaped as a cornucopia, a horn of plenty.
2 cups   pretzels - represent arms folded in thanks and prayer.
1 cup    candy corn - during the first winter, the Pilgrims were each allotted 
only 5 kernels of corn per day because food was so scarce.
1 cup    dried or candy fruits - Thanksgiving is the celebration of the harvest.
1 cup    peanuts or sunflower seeds - seeds represent the potential of a
bounteous harvest for the next season if they are planted and well tended.

In a large bowl mix all ingredients together. Other ingredients such as dry  cereals, candies, or marshmallows can also be added. Make this mix as a family and eat while discussing each ingredient and how it relates to Thanksgiving.    Nance from Reno

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The Pumpkin Patch Parable
10th Anniversary Edition: The Parable Series #1

By Liz Curtis Higgs / Tommy Nelson

The Pumpkin Patch Parable 10th Anniversayr Edition: The Parable Series #1 pictureThis charming story for children illustrates how a loving farmer can turn a simple pumpkin into a simply glorious sight. Liz Curtis Higgs weaves a beautiful parable as the farmer picks out a special pumpkin from his garden, and scoops out all the messy "goo" to make room for his light to shine from inside. In the same way, God's transforming love can fill each of our hearts with joy and light. Liz Cutis Higgs originally created this parable as a way to share the Good News with her own precious children each harvest season. After 10 years, she has touched children everywhere! Recommended for children preschool to first grade.

 

Craft Stick Turkey Craft

What you will need:  Colored craft sticks, short craft sticks, craft spoon, wiggly eyes, wooden shapes for the turkey's wattle and beak, pipe cleaners, red paint, black and yellow construction paper and glue.

How to make: 

1. Glue colored crafts stick around the wooden spoon to form the turkey's tail feathers.

2. Cut out a pilgrim hat shape from black construction paper and glue on a yellow trim and then glue it on to the top of the craft spoon.

3. Glue on wiggly eyes.

4. Paint a tear drop shaped wooded piece red and glue it on to the turkey as shown. 5. Glue on a smaller tear drop shaped piece upside down to form the beak.

5. Glue onto smaller craft sticks on each side of the turkey's head and neck to form wings.

6. Shape brown pipe cleaners to form the turkey's feet and glue them on to the back of the turkey.

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Paper Plate Turkey Dish Thanksgiving Art Activity

Thanksgiving Turkey  Paper Plate Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

What you will need:

Large dinner size paper plates

Small Snack-sized Paper Plates

Red fun foam or construction paper

Paint

Low Temperature Glue Gun

Googly Eyes

 

 

How to Make the Thanksgiving Turkey Paper Plate Craft:

1. Print out the tail feather pattern (PDF Pattern) and the head pattern (PDF Pattern) and cut them out. Trace the tail feather pattern onto a dinner sized paper plate and cut it out. Then cut away the outside pattern to make the smaller pattern. Trace that pattern onto another dinner sized paper plate and cut it out.

2. Cut the center out of one dinner sized paper plate. You may want to use a heavy duty paper plate for this part of the turkey. Turn the paper plate with the hole cut out right side up. Glue the smaller tail feather onto the paper plate so that the feathers are curved downward. (See the picture above.) Glue the larger tail feathers onto the smaller tail feathers so that it is curving downward also.

3. Cut out a wing shape from another large paper plate so that the outer part of the wing is cut from the outer edge of the paper plate. Use that wing as a pattern to make another wing only turn it upside down so that both wings will be curved in the same direction when you glue them to the paper plate. Glue the wings to the paper plate with the tail feathers as shown in the picture.

4. Cut a 1" by 4" rectangle to make a neck from the left over circle you cut from the inside of the paper plate. Glue that onto the same paper plate that you glued the tail feathers and wings.

5. Turn another dinner sized plate upside down and glue it onto the paper plate with the tail feathers, wings, and neck glued to it. Turn the whole thing over.

6. To make the head use the head pattern to cut the slits out of a small snack sized paper plate. Roll the paper plate up so that the beak comes to a point and glue where indicated, overlapping the sides of the paper plate. Glue where indicated on the pattern and bring the flap you created by cutting the two slits over the two glued areas. Glue the head to the neck.

7. Paint the turkey. Glue on googly eyes and a waddle cut from red fun foam or construction paper. Add crackers or other snacks to the bowl.

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Garden Scarecrow Craft for Kids

Paper Bag Scarecrow Craft for Kids from www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need:

Newspapers

Brown grocery bags

Brown lunch bag

Paper bowl

Construction paper

Tape

Glue

Stapler

Paint

Markers

How to Make the Paper Bag Scarecrow:

1. To make the main stake, roll up 6 sheets of newspaper to make a tight roll. Roll another sheet of newspaper around the roll and tape it closed. For the arms, roll up 5 sheets of newspaper to make a tight roll. Roll another sheet of paper around the roll and tape it closed. Glue or tape the arms across the main stake to make a cross shape.

2. To make the head stuff a brown lunch bag with crinkled up newspapers. Place the top of the bag on the top of the main stake and gather it around the stake. Tape it to the stake. Draw a face on the bag.

3. To make the clothes. Open up some brown grocery bags and flatten them. Place the scarecrow frame on the grocery bags. Draw around the frame to make an outline of a shirt and pants. Draw the outline at least 3" from the edge of the frame. Cut out the shirt and pants shapes and use them to trace another pattern for the back of the shirt and pants. Paint a design on the shirt and pants and then glue or staple the front and back shapes to each other onto the frame. Leave the arm holes and leg holes open.

4. To make the straw for the hands, feet, and hair. Fold a piece of yellow construction paper in half lengthwise. Cut slits down the short length of the folded paper, but do not go all way through stop about 2" before you get to the fold. Roll the paper up and crinkle up the cut paper slightly. Place some glue on the folded end and shove them into the arms. Glue or staple some straw in the arm and leg holes, and around the neck, and on the head.

5. To make the hat, lay another grocery bag out flat on a table. Place a paper bowl in the center of the bag. Trace around the edge of the bowl and then draw a large circle around the bowl. Cut out the circle and the inter circle. Glue the circle onto the hat. Paint the hat and glue it to the head.

6. To display your scarecrow, pound a stake into the ground and slide the scarecrow on the stake.

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Thanksgiving Sunday School Bible Lessons and Crafts

These Thanksgiving crafts are designed for children kindergarten through fifth grade.

Thanksgiving Bible Lessons on The Resource Room Thanksgiving turkey paper bag craft

You can find more Thanksgiving crafts on The Resource Room

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designed for Sunday School teachers and home school parents.  All of the crafts on The Resource Room are biblically based .  Most of the crafts go along with one of the Bible lessons found on The
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All the crafts are original and inexpensive which are great for home school use and large groups such as Sunday school classes and vacation Bible school.

Patterns for TP Pilgrims

Thanksgiving TP Roll Pilgrim Craft for Kids

Bread Basket Turkey Craft

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Thanksgiving turkey weaving craft

Turkey Treat Jar


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Balloon Turkey

Thanksgiving Blessings Book

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Thanksgiving "I Thank God for .... Book"

I Thank God for . . . " Book
Children glue objects in the book to complete each page.

Thanksgiving Bible verse mystery message

Thanksgiving Mystery Message Activity Sheet

Thanksgiving Pilgrim Suitcase Craft

"God is Always with You" Pilgrim Suitcase Craft

 

Thanksgiving Games

1. Play a Matching Game - Print thanksgiving pictures such as: pilgrims, Indians, fish, corn, a papoose, dog and pony. Glue them onto cards and play a match game with them.

2. Play a Toss game - Make eight of the teepee place holders shown above and mark them with numbers, 5 points, 10 points, etc. Make rings from pipe cleaners. Have the children throw the rings over the teepees to score points.

3. Play Pin the Tail on the Turkey - Draw a turkey without feathers. Cut out feathers from construction paper. Place double sided tape on the feathers and have the children try to tape them onto the turkey blindfolded.

4. Play a Bean Bag Game - Make no-sew pumpkin bean bags. Just glue them together and then decorate them on the outside. Draw a Thanksgiving theme picture on cardboard and cut holes in it. Children can throw their bean bags at the picture and try to get them through the holes.

5. Fishing Game - Children fish for items they can put into a cornucopia like pictures of apples, corn on the cob, little pumpkins, grapes, etc. Attach a paper clip to the end of the line for a hook so the item cab be attached (and removed) easily. As they lower their line on a pole over a wall, (or some kind of poster board) a person on the other side attaches a picture to the hook. Then the lucky fisherman can place their prize in the cornucopia.

6. Unscramble the Words - (For older kids) Write words related to Thanksgiving such as: pilgrim, turkey, and feast on cards with the letters all jumbled up. The kids try to unscramble the words. Or they can match the scrambled words to the correct counterparts on a list.

7. Write the Word THANKSGIVING on the board and see how many words you can make out of it in a 5-minute relay race.

Sent in by Diana Romberg

8. How Much do You Know About turkeys?

What is a male turkey called?
What is  female turkey called ?
Where will you find the turkey's wattle?
Where will you find the turkey's caruncles?
Where is the turkey's snood?
About how long does it take a domestic turkey to grow from birth into a turkey that is plump enough for market?
Check your answers at the bottom of this page.

Check Your Answers?

1. A male turkey is called a gobbler.
2. A female turkey is called a hen.
3. The wattle is the flabby skin growth that hangs from the turkey's throat.
4. The caruncle is the growth of skin that dangle from the turkey's chin.
5. The snood is the growth of skin that droops over the gobbler's bill.
6. About 10 weeks.

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