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Thanksgiving crafts

(From Happy Crafty video)

Keep kids busy: Make turkey art!

While grown-ups get ready for the big dinner, kids can create.

Thanksgiving crafts: When I was a kid, one of my favorite holiday art rituals was the annual drawing of the hand turkeys at my school. These creations are super-simple and making them is fun. You just trace your hand and get a nice fan-out of faux feathers every time.

Thanksgiving crafts

(From Draw to Learn video)

And you can enjoy yourself creating a whole field of unique birds, whether if it’s for decorating the dining area in advance or covering it in paper turkeys on Thanksgiving Day.

This can work with markers, as shown in this video from Draw to Learn, or with crayons, colorful pencils, watercolor paints or even oil pastels.

For this project, you’ll need:

  • Paper
  • Something to draw with, such as crayons or colored pencils or markers
  • Scissors

Another take on turkeys: This more elaborate project follows the same hand-tracing trend. The video from Happy Crafty shows you how to create an adorable 3-D turkey from a leftover toilet paper tube and cut-out hand tracings. (Hooray for holiday upcycling!)

For this turkey, you’ll need:

  • A toilet paper tube
  • Googly eyes (or a black marker to create eyes)
  • Construction paper in a few different colors
  • Glue or a glue stick
  • Scissors

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About the Author

Jillian O'Connor

Jillian O’Connor is managing editor of the Seattle's Child print magazine. She lives in Seattle with her husband, two sons and a dog named after the Loch Ness Monster.