Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for preschoolers to learn and have fun! These 20+ Thanksgiving crafts for preschoolers will teach them about gratitude and other family traditions that are common during this holiday. They make a fun addition to any preschool Thanksgiving theme!
These easy Thanksgiving crafts for toddlers and preschoolers use commonly found craft materials. You probably already have the paper plates, paper bags, construction paper, googly eyes and glue that you’ll need!
Many of them are low-prep, which makes them simple for preschool teachers to make in the classroom. These craft ideas also help preschoolers practice fine motor skills such as cutting, gluing and painting.
They are also perfect for the home! Crafts are fun activities for kids to do while they’re waiting for Thanksgiving dinner to be ready. Once completed, they can also be used as decorations for the Thanksgiving table.
FAQs about Thanksgiving
There are many ways to teach preschoolers about the meaning of Thanksgiving. Some ways include talking about family traditions, discussing gratitude and how to show it, and donating food and other items. It is also very meaningful to talk about the thanksgiving meal and making something together in the kitchen.
There are so many fun activities for Thanksgiving! You could attend a parade or watch one on television. Families can also have fun playing football in the backyard, volunteering at a soup kitchen or community pantry together, making crafts, or playing board games.
To make Thanksgiving fun for preschoolers be sure to have some activities, such as sensory bins, board games, and books. Kids will also have fun helping in the kitchen to prepare dishes like mashed potatoes or dessert like apple pie.
Fall crafts for them to do, like printable coloring pages and turkey crafts, will also make the holiday extra special. They can use their fun crafts to decorate the kid’s table or even the adult table!
Enjoy these Thanksgiving crafts!
20+ Thanksgiving Crafts for Preschoolers
Thanksgiving is such a fun time to craft and learn with preschoolers. These Thanksgiving crafts for kids are not only fun but also help teach preschoolers about gratitude and what it means to be thankful for the people and things in their lives.
I'm Thankful Turkeys
Kids have a lot to be thankful for and this turkey craft will help preschoolers to express their gratitude in a cute way.
Thanksgiving Dinner Plate Craft
Let preschoolers plan their own Thanksgiving dinner menu while learning about nutrition with this easy Thanksgiving Dinner Plate Craft.
Sprinkled Thanksgiving Turkey Puppet Craft
This simple Thanksgiving Turkey Puppet Craft is low-prep and perfect for the classroom. It uses pre-made craft foam turkey cutouts so preschoolers can then add glue and glitter or craft sand.
Non-Turkey Thanksgiving Craft and Counting Activity
This is a Thanksgiving craft and counting activity that is also good for developing fine motor skills. Preschoolers will have fun making these cute little corn cobs with crumbled tissue paper.
Sponge Painted Thanksgiving Turkey Hats
Your little turkeys will have fun creating these Thanksgiving Turkey hats! Using a sponge to paint the feathers will make for an easy clean up!
Beaded Feathers Thanksgiving Turkey: A Fine Motor Patterning Craft
This Beaded Feathers Turkey craft will look so cute decorating the Thanksgiving table. It is a wonderful craft because it provides preschoolers with lots of fine motor practice.
Simple Paper Bag Turkey Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers
The turkey is an iconic symbol of Thanksgiving. This simple paper bag turkey craft is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers to make this Fall.
Build a Turkey with Play Dough
Preschoolers love play dough so it's only natural to include building a turkey with play dough into your lesson plans. This is an excellent craft for working on fine motor skills.
Indian Corn Craft and Five Kernels of Corn Legend
Native Americans played a big role in the Thanksgiving story. This Indian corn craft is a great way to incorporate the Legend of Five Corn Kernels into your lesson plans.
Thanksgiving Handprint Tree
Thanksgiving is all about showing gratitude and giving thanks for our friends and family. This Thanksgiving handprint craft is an adorable way to put that on display in the home or classroom.
Native American Thanksgiving Handprint Kids Craft
If your preschoolers are learning about Native Americans during Thanksgiving, this handprint craft is a super cute way to celebrate Native American culture.
Turkey Sensory Bottle that is Fantastic for Thanksgiving
These turkey sensory bottles are fantastic for Thanksgiving. Preschoolers will have fun making them and watching the glitter swirl around as they calm down after a busy day.
Fun and Simple Thanksgiving Art with Colorful Pumpkin Seeds
These little turkeys are made with colored pumpkin seeds. It's a fun and simple Thanksgiving craft that preschoolers will enjoy.
I Am Thankful Thanksgiving Craftivity
This is a Thanksgiving craft and activity which focuses on gratitude. Kids can color this printable anyway they wish and write or dictate what they are thankful for on the feathers.
EASY Thanksgiving Sensory Bottle
Sometimes Thanksgiving can get overwhelming for little kids. Making this sensory bottle ahead of time with your preschooler will give them something to do to when they need to calm down.
Turkey Tracks Art with Kids
Making Turkey Tracks Art is such a fun project for preschoolers! Simply bend some pipe cleaners into the shape of turkey feet and let them stamp all over the paper with paint.
Corn on the Cob Craft Painting for Kids
Painting with corn on the cob is such a neat way for preschoolers to explore process art! Kids will have so much fun rolling the corn cob and creating a cool texture on the paper.
Fine Motor Turkey Craft for Thanksgiving
Preschoolers will love creating this fine motor turkey craft for Thanksgiving! Hammering the golf tees to make turkey feathers is so much fun!
Doily Turkey Craft for Kids
This doily turkey craft is a perfect simple thanksgiving craft for preschoolers. Kids will have so much fun using dot markers to create the colorful turkey feathers.
Cotton Ball Painted Paper Plate Thanksgiving Turkey Craft
Painting with cotton balls is a fun technique to use for this paper plate turkey craft. It's a cute Thanksgiving craft with easy clean up!
Paper Plate Turkey Cars with Handprint Feathers
Preschoolers will get a kick out of this paper plate turkey car Thanksgiving craft! It's easy to make and unique which makes it super fun for kids!
Making fun Thanksgiving crafts is a perfect way to celebrate the holiday in the classroom or decorate the dinner table at home. I hope this inspires you to have fun and make some Thanksgiving crafts with your kids this fall!
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.