Craft Some Thanksgiving Fun

Terrific Turkey Centerpiece (Ages 3 and up)

Decorate your holiday table with this feathered friend.

What You’ll Need:

• Hands template

• Brown and yellow construction paper, 9 by 12 inches

• Googly eyes

• Colored feathers

• Glue

• Crayons or markers

Step 1: Print and cut out the Hand Template ( Color the hands or trace onto construction paper. You can also have your child trace your hand on a piece of construction paper.

Step 2: Cut pieces of brown construction paper in half lengthwise, and into brown 5-inch circles. Also cut diamonds approximately 3½ inches long by 2 inches wide out of yellow construction paper.

Step 3: Form a circle out of a pre-cut strip of brown construction paper. Glue both ends of the strip together. Stand the circle up on the table.

Step 4: Fold the yellow diamond in half (widthwise), forming the beak of your turkey. Glue the bottom half of the “beak” onto the middle of a brown circle, allowing the top part to lift upward. Add finishing touches to your turkey’s face with googly eyes and feathers.

Step 5: Glue the face onto the front of the circle strip of paper, about halfway down.

Step 6: Glue hand templates onto the body, one on either side of the head. The fingers of the hands should point away from the head. These are the wings.

Glue feathers around the outside of the body, being careful not to cover the face.


Native American Rattles (Ages 4 and up)

Celebrate the first Thanksgiving with colorful Native American rattles.


What You’ll Need:


• Circles template

• Rattle design template

• Construction paper in a variety of colors

• Paper towel tubes

• Dried beans (variety of types)

• Markers or crayons

• Scissors

• Tape

• Colored feathers (optional)

• Lakeshore Painted Wooden Beads (optional)

• String (optional)


Step 1: Reproduce the circles template ( and rattle design ( template onto construction paper. You’ll need two circles, a design template and a paper towel tube.

Step 2: Cut out the two circles. Tape a circle to one end of the tube.

Step 3: Color the design template. Wrap the template around the tube and secure it with tape.

Step 4: Add as many dried beans to the tube as you’d like. Different combinations of beans will make different sounds, so no two rattles will sound exactly alike.

Step 4: Once you like the sound your rattle makes, attach the second circle to the open end of the tube and secure it with tape to keep the beans inside.

Step 5: If desired, add beads, string and feathers to further embellish the outside of your Native American instrument.


Turkey Table Toppers (Ages 4 and up)


Wow your guests with these adorable centerpieces made by your little artists.


What You’ll Need:


• Feather templates

• Construction paper in a variety of colors

• Disposable foam coffee cup

• Brown liquid tempera paint

• Paintbrush

• Bowls for paint

• Safety scissors

• Jumbo pom-poms

• Googly eyes

• Orange foam sheets

• Glue

• Recycled newspaper


Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper. Turn a cup upside down and paint the outside of the cup brown. Set it aside to dry.

Step 2: Reproduce the feather templates ( onto construction paper in a variety of colors and cut them out, or cut out your own feather shapes. Cut out a triangular beak and feet from the orange foam sheets.

Step 3: Glue two googly eyes and the beak onto a large pom-pom to make the turkey’s head.

Step 4: When the cups are dry, glue the head, feathers and feet to the cup.


Turkey Plate (Ages 5 and up)


Invite a feathered friend to Thanksgiving to dress up a door or wall.


What You’ll Need:


• Paper plate

• Googly eyes

• colored feathers

• Pipe cleaners such as Lakeshore Puffy Pipe Stems in orange or brown

• Orange and brown construction paper

• Glue

• Safety scissors

• Brown crayons or markers


Step 1: Cut out a large oval shape from brown construction paper to use as the turkey’s head, and a smaller diamond shape from orange construction paper to use as the turkey’s beak.

Step 2: Fold the diamond shape in half widthwise and glue the bottom half to the middle of the turkey’s head to form the beak. Add two googly eyes to the head as well.

Step 3: Color the top of the paper plate with a brown crayon or marker, then turn the plate facedown on a tabletop.

Step 4: Glue the bottom edge of the turkey’s head (face down) to the top rim of the plate. Then, add colorful feathers on either side of the head along the top edge of the plate so that they extend over the top rim of the plate and can be seen from the other side once the plate is flipped over.

Step 5: Twist orange or brown pipe stems to make turkey feet, and secure the feet to the bottom rim of the plate with glue. Allow the glue to dry.&pagebreaking&Turkey Place-Card Holders (Ages 3 and up)


 What You’ll Need


• Pinecones

• Googly eyes

• Brown pom-poms

• Construction paper, 9-by-12 inches in yellow and red

• Pipe cleaners in red, yellow and orange

• Glue, such as Help-Yourself Glue Tubes

• Broad-tip markers

• Scissors

• Index cards


Step 1: For each place card holder, start with two pipe cleaners of each color (red, yellow and orange). Loop them in half and twist the ends of each pipe cleaner together to make six separate “feathers” for the project.

Step 2: Glue the pipe stem feathers in a row near the base of a pinecone – alternating colors to make a pattern.

Step 3: Cut a small triangle shape from yellow construction paper to use as the beak and a red, squiggly shape from the red paper to use as the turkey’s snood that hangs over the beak.

Step 4: Glue two googly eyes, one beak and one snood onto a pom-pom ball. Then, glue the pom-pom ball to the narrow end of the pinecone to create the turkey’s head.

Step 5: Finally, trim index cards to 2 by 3 inches and write the name of a Thanksgiving guest on a card. Slip the place cards into the pinecones between the row of “feathers” and the head of the turkey.


Turkey Handprint Apron (Ages 3 and up)


Your child can look spiffy helping in the kitchen to prepare your Thanksgiving dinner in this handprint apron.


What You’ll Need


• Plain white or off-white aprons (can be found at a craft or hobby supply store)

• Washable finger paint in brown and four bright colors

• Paintbrushes

• Old newspaper

• Fabric or permanent markers in black and orange


Step 1: Spread out some old newspaper on top of your workspace. Then, lay the aprons out flat on top of the newspaper.

Step 2: Use the brushes to paint a thick layer of finger paint onto your child’s palm and fingers. Use a different bright color for each finger and paint the palm and thumb brown. (The fingers will make the colored turkey feathers, and the palm and thumb will form the turkey’s body and head.)

Step 3: Help your child press his painted hand firmly onto the surface of the apron to make a turkey handprint.

Step 4: Reapply paint to his hand, and then help him make another turkey handprint on the aprons. Encourage your child to make as many turkey handprints as he desires to decorate the apron.

Step 5: Use markers to add details, such as eyes, beaks and legs.


Find many more free, fun fall project ideas at Click on crafts and activities, under Resources. Or visit your local Lakeshore Learning Store for Free Crafts for Kids every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Instructors help your child make a different, free take-home craft each week. There are locations in Walnut Creek, San Leandro and San Jose.

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