Mini Monets and Mommies: Thanksgiving Art Activities for Kids

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thanksgiving Art Activities for Kids

Thanksgiving is almost here. Can you believe it? It seems like I was just getting my son ready for summer camp and now it’s turkey time! While you’re prepping for the holiday feast, keep the kids busy with a few creative crafts.
Kids' art

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If you’re looking for an art activity that takes turkey crafts into sensory play, pattern prints and more, read on. And, if you want to start the Thanksgiving art-making off with a book (which is a great way to introduce the theme at hand), you’ll find a few good reads at the end of the post!

Thanksgiving table napkin rings. Your child can make table d├ęcor by reusing a cardboard paper towel tube. Add paint, craft feathers and more to these table-toppers!

Holiday table

Shaving cream art:

I’ve got two different shaving cream turkeys and one cornucopia for the kids to try.

1.     Sensory play with shaving cream turkey wings. The textured wings are fluffy and puffy with this DIY paint.

Turkey Project

2.     Handprint turkey. I’m not a huge fan of the handprint turkey. Sorry, but I have a ridiculous stack of these paint projects that my son has made over the years. And they all look exactly the same. That said, I have seen a few creatively cute ones that inspired me to do something a little different.

Shaving cream paint

3.     Cornucopia. A while ago I did a scented shaving cream art post. Your child can use the same sweet smelling stuff to create a cornucopia (or mix paint with the shaving cream instead).

Thanksgiving paint

It’s not exactly as it sounds. Your child isn’t making a turkey out of popcorn – although, now that I think about it that sounds like a fab idea! Instead it’s a textured print-making project.

Thanksgiving art

The other day I was cutting apart a cardboard egg carton to use for another art activity when it dawned on me, “Hey, this looks like a bird’s eyes and beak.” I took the carton and turned it into a 3-D turkey craft.

Egg Carton

Before you start the art, try reading a Thanksgiving themed book together. Here are a few of my picks:

·        Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving by James Dean

·        The Story of the Pilgrims by Katharine Ross and Carolyn Croll

·        Five Silly Turkeys by Salina Yoon

·        The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing

Are you looking for more Thanksgiving activities? Follow my Pinterest board for ideas!
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  1. Love all these, but especially the egg carton turkey that I featured this week! :)

    1. Thank you! The egg carton one was so much fun to make.

  2. Thanks for sharing with #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup! These are so adorable, Thanksgiving has totally snuck up on me!