What Are the Different Types of Thanksgiving Crafts for Preschool?

Robert Ferguson

Thanksgiving crafts for preschool introduce students to the Thanksgiving holiday and improve their creative skills. Appropriate crafts might range from creating paper decorations to making delicious edible treats designed with the Thanksgiving theme. Preschool students will enjoy making and eating their popcorn turkeys or decorating their home with their Thanksgiving paper crafts.

Paper bags, which can be used to make a Pilgrim hat.
Paper bags, which can be used to make a Pilgrim hat.

The hand print turkey, the Tom turkey gobbler and the Rice Krispies TreatsĀ® turkey are Thanksgiving crafts that teach preschoolers about turkeys. An easy craft, the hand print turkey involves applying brown paint to the student's hands and then stamping a sweatshirt, paper plate or other object to imprint the shape of a turkey. The four fingers will be held somewhat together to become the "feathers" and the thumb will become the turkey's head. Kids can then use markers or colored pencils to add colors to the feathers of the turkey print.

Construction paper can be used by preschool children to create Thanksgiving Day Pilgrim hats.
Construction paper can be used by preschool children to create Thanksgiving Day Pilgrim hats.

Edible decorations in the form of turkeys are popular Thanksgiving crafts for preschool kids. These include the Tom Turkey Gobbler where students attach ring-shaped fruit cereal, marshmallows and candy corn to an apple or pear using toothpicks to create a turkey treat. Another edible turkey Thanksgiving craft is the Rice Krispies TreatsĀ® turkey, which involves using chocolate flavored puffed rice cereal balls decorated with colorful candy, marshmallows and fancy toothpicks.

Yarn is usually easy for kids to work with.
Yarn is usually easy for kids to work with.

Another fun theme teachers use at this time of year revolves around the autumn season. These Thanksgiving crafts for preschool include the autumn wreath, which uses scraps of old clothing attached to a cardboard base to make a holiday autumn wreath. One fun project is a candy jar made by decorating a glass jar with autumn leaf stickers, painting the lid bright orange and filling the jar with candy corn. The candy jar is topped off with a beautiful fall-colored ribbon tied in a bow around the top. An easy autumn craft is the hand print tree where students trace and paint the outline of their hand onto construction paper then make fingerprint leaves in autumn colors on the branches.

Thanksgiving crafts for preschool would not be complete without crafts revolving around the Pilgrims. An easy Thanksgiving craft for preschool children are girl and boy doorknob Pilgrims. A template of Pilgrim pieces is printed for the children to cut out and assemble using glue, paste or tape to decorate their doorknob. Another cute craft idea is using a beach bucket, brown paper bags and construction paper to create a Pilgrim hat. The paper bags are folded around the beach bucket to form the shape of the hat and decorated with an old belt or cloth strip for the hatband.

Autumn leaves can be used in many different art projects.
Autumn leaves can be used in many different art projects.

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Discussion Comments


@Grivusangel -- I about spit my coffee out laughing at the story! Sounds like something I would have done at that age.

I'd say pick things that every child -- even the non-crafty ones -- can do. Pick easy crafts that will look nice when the child gets overzealous with the glue stick and glitter bottle.

I'd be tempted to get some of those pre-cut foam crafts and let the kiddos assemble them. That way, every child has a nice looking turkey or pilgrim, or whatever. Also make room for a craft where the kids can be creative, but make sure they've got at least a fair chance of succeeding in making it.


When my cousin was in kindergarten, years ago, her class made turkeys from apples. Not sure how they did it. Anyway, my aunt and uncle visited on Parents' Day and were looking at the students' crafts. One of the apple turkeys had a bite taken from it.

"That's Laura's turkey," my aunt said. "I know it is."

"Maybe not," said my uncle, being optimistic. Sure enough, it was Laura's turkey. When asked why she took a bite, she said, "I was hungry!" as if that should have been obvious. That's a family story that is still told and we all still get a kick out of it.

So, turkeys made from apples is one good craft for little folks. You can also do a class craft. A teacher friend of mine bought a horn of plenty at the craft store, and every student brought something for it. It had to be edible, and had to be something the student liked. Among the fruits and vegetables, there were some candy bars and potato chip bags. It was really cute.

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