Looking for some creative Thanksgiving crafts to do with your toddler this week?

Slogging through Pinterest to find the perfect activity?

I’ve collected a few inspiring ideas that even the most craft-challenged mom can handle. I’m not a super artsy mom myself, but I love seeing the joy it brings to my little girl.

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So follow the directions to the letter (it’s okay to be unapologetic about your lack of ability) or add your own personal flair and enjoy a holiday project with your little ones!

You should have most of the materials at home and if not, a few cheap items from the craft store will get you started.

Thankful Tree

(via EmbracingASimplerLife.com)

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Make a festive decoration for your Thanksgiving table while generating meaningful conversations about gratitude!

- Take a walk and collect sticks
- Cut out leaf shapes from construction paper or felt
- Hang the leaves on your Thankful Tree

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Thankful Turkey

(via The Resourceful Mama)

 

Every kid loves wiggle eyes and feathers!

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- Practice cutting and gluing
- Discuss the things for which you are thankful
- Display proudly on your refrigerator!

Fall Leaf Painting

(via Minnie Mama)

Bundle up and go outside for some fresh air and a nature walk!

- Collect various types of leaves
- Tape leaves on construction paper
- Give your child a paint brush and see what they create!

Autumn Handprint Tree

(via ArtyCraftyKids.com )

 

Get creative with texture and color!

- Trace your child’s hand and arm
- Paint it with brown paint
- Use q-tips, crunched up tinfoil, bubble wrap or anything else you can find around the house to use as a paint brush to paint textured “leaves”

Leaf Wreath 

(via EventsToCelebrate.net)

This one might be the easiest of all, particularly for the tiniest crafters!

You just need:

- Glue
- Scissors
- A paper plate
- Colorful leaves from your backyard!

One of the many things I’m thankful for this time of year is creative moments with my little one and a chance to make new memories.

Your kids will remember these precious times together and especially take pleasure in making a bit of a mess.

Happy Thanksgiving and happy crafting!


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Annie Wiesman

Annie Wiesman is the co-author of “Education Begins at Birth: A Parent’s Guide to Preparing Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers for Kindergarten.” She is a former kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home mom who enjoys traveling, hiking in the mountains, and creating memories together with her husband and little girl.



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