15 Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities Your Kids Will Love This Fall

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DIY fall string craft Thanksgiving pumpkin

Thanksgiving is coming, and we’re excited to celebrate with these kids crafts!

If you’re looking for ways to share the excitement with the children in your life, try getting them involved in the holiday preparations! Whether they’re tearing bread for stuffing or decorating with cute crafts that they made, kids will love to help you get ready for Thanksgiving.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite fall crafts for a fun way to celebrate the season with the kiddos in your life. Take some time to create something together, or set your kids up with a simple DIY craft to keep them busy while you’re peeling potatoes. Either way, we hope that these simple crafts will help you and your little ones to savor the season this Thanksgiving!

Chalkboard thankful pumpkins

1. DIY Thankful Pumpkins

Kids can express their feelings of gratitude by writing them on these Thankful Pumpkins. This activity is both fun and meaningful, and you’ll be left with a decoration that you can use for years to come!

Turkey Snack Bag craft

2. Turkey Snack Bags

These Turkey Snack Bags from That’s What Che Said would be perfect party favors for your guests at the kids’ table. They would also make a great make-and-take snack for your car ride over the river and through the woods!

Thanksgiving countdown printable

3. Free Printable Thanksgiving Countdown

Print this fun Thanksgiving countdown, frame it under glass, and let your kids help you count down to Turkey Day by using a dry erase or chalk marker!

turkey windsock craft

4. Thanksgiving Turkey Windsocks

Bet you didn’t know you needed a turkey windsock! This adorable craft from Happiness Is Homemade might be the cutest possible way to upcycle an aluminum can ever!

pumpkin string art

5. Easy DIY Fall String Art

This string art project is so much fun, and it will look great hanging on a wall or propped up on a mantle or bookshelf all season long!

Thanksgiving printable coloring placemat

6. Coloring Placemat

This cute printable isn’t just a coloring page, it can also be an age-appropriate exercise in gratitude for young children. In fact, you can even distribute it to all of your Thanksgiving guests and have them share their responses in what’s sure to become a sweet annual tradition.

3-d paper turkey craft

7. 3-D Construction Paper Turkey Craft

These three-dimensional turkeys from Twitchetts are both simple and fun to create. Hang them, prop them, or add one to every place setting for a fun pop of color on your Thanksgiving table.

"thankful for" framed printable

8. I’m Thankful For… 8×10 Printable

Frame this cute Thanksgiving printable under glass, and let your child use a dry erase or chalk marker to list the things they’re grateful for. You can even start a tradition where your child lists one blessing every day, erasing the previous day’s blessing so that only one is visible at a time.

Turkey lantern craft

9. Turkey Leaf Lanterns

These adorable turkey leaf luminaries from Rhythms of Play can be made with silk leaves from the craft store or real leaves gathered right from your own back yard. They will look great with your other Thanksgiving decor, either lit or unlit!

thumbprint and clothespin placeholders for Thanksgiving

10. Turkey Thumbprint Place cards

Your Thanksgiving dinner guests will be delighted to find these turkey thumbprint place cards on your table! Get the paper cards laminated, and use them from year to year as a sweet reminder of the days when your kiddos had such tiny thumbs. ❤

30 days of giving back printable in frame

11. 30 Days of Giving Back Challenge

Since this time of year is all about thanks and giving, challenge your family to do some of both! Have fun brainstorming with your children a list of ways they can give back to their community, or use some of these ideas to get you started. Many of the activities from our 30 Days of Giving Back Challenge are age-appropriate for children and both fun and meaningful activities for the whole family.

Homemade leaf window clings

12. Homemade Window Clings

This window cling craft from Typically Simple is really fun for kids to do, and it’s great for giving little fingers some fine-motor skill practice. Best of all, you’ll be left with these colorful, leaf-shaped, homemade window clings for fall!

leaf watercolor art project for fall

13. Watercolor Fall Leaf Kids Craft

This crayon and watercolor leaf art is so much fun to make, and it’s really easy to do. It’s surprisingly therapeutic for adults too, so make sure that you have plenty of supplies on hand! Chances are, everyone is going to want to make some watercolor leaf art when they see how much fun the kids are having.

Painted Flint Corn Craft

14. Calico Corn

Calico corn is a type of maize that is commonly used for fall decorating. This corn painting project from Fantastic Fun and Learning is done using a fun painting technique that might be new to your children!

toiletries inside blessing bag

15. Blessing Bags for Those in Need

This activity is another easy way to give back this holiday season, and it’s a fun family activity that kids can help with too. These blessing bags can be donated to a shelter or food bank or distributed by hand to those in need.

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About the writer:

Jenna has a Bachelor's Degree from Lycoming College and her Master's from Penn State, holding 4 years of writing experience between a variety of publications and Hip2Save.

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Comments 10

  1. tipaye

    Love these ideas—thank you! 🙂

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re very welcome! SO glad you are loving this list!

  2. Ruby C

    Love the blessing bag idea!!!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      I’m loving that one too! 🙌 Thanks so much for the feedback, Ruby C!

  3. LChapman

    Lovin these printables! Thank you!!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Yay! You’re so welcome!

  4. Teresa W

    Great ideas! We have that “I’m thankful for” printable and found a great rustic frame for it at the thrift store. The kids enjoy writing on it.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Aww, LOVE that! Super glad that one has been a hit! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  5. renell

    These ideas are amazing

  6. Lesli

    I love these idea, I want to do them all!! We don’t have many Fall leaves in my area of Florida so these will make Thanksgiving more festive!

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