21 Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving crafts for the classroom

21 Thanksgiving Crafts for the Classroom

Are you looking for some new Thanksgiving crafts for the classroom? You've done the hand turkey but need something a little different this year right?  I've gathered 21 of the best Thanksgiving class crafts including ideas for giving thanks, tons of cute craft ideas including unique turkey crafts. Some of them are super easy for the younger students. Hope you get inspired to try something new in your class this holiday!

Activities Focused on Giving Thanks

These craft ideas are all about giving thanks. Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to teach your class about gratitude which is essential to living a full life. Check out below my favorite Thanksgiving craft ideas for your class that are centered on giving thanks.

Thankful Tree Art

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This class made these branches that are painted with tempera paint and then added beautiful blossoms with tissue paper. They used the spots below to write about what they're thankful for.

Thankful Pumpkin Craft

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This is a super easy craft idea for you class. Just have the students write what they're thankful for on orange strips of paper and then staple them together to create this cute little pumpkin.

Turkey & Poem Craft

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Instead of just having your students create a turkey add this sweet poem to their art to make it even more special. The poem reads:

This isn’t just a turkey as anyone can see. I made it with my hand which is part of me. It comes with lots of love especially to say I hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving day!

Painted Hand Turkey Art

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We have all seen the hand turkey with paint. What makes this one extra special is the pretty background and you can have your students write on the back what they're thankful for. It would make a precious keepsake for their family.

Unique Thanksgiving Crafts for the Classroom

This next group of ideas are very unique, they're not the same old turkey crafts. (Not that there is anything wrong with those) These are fun ideas for finger puppets, food art, cute scarecrows, teepees and more!

My Thanksgiving Story Bracelet

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Your students will create a bracelet to go with the Thanksgiving story which is a little booklet about Thanksgiving that they get to color. To receive the instructions and the printables click on the link above.

The Thanksgiving Story Finger Puppets

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These adorable finger puppets are made with felt and your student will love playing with them. Click the link under the pictures for the full instructions.

Scarecrow Crafts

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This adorable scarecrow doubles as a healthy snack for your students. It is made from a small applesauce, raisins, a fruit roll up and a juice box! Click the link under the picture for the full tutorial.

Pie Garland Craft

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My favorite part of thanksgiving is the pie, so why not make it into art? This pie garland would be fun for your students to create and they would look amazing displayed in your class. Click the link under the picture for the instructions.

Paper Bag Teepees

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This unique idea comes from a pre-K to second grade art teacher from New Jersey. This would be a great multicultural activity and could lead to a lesson on Native American heritage. These are easy to make, and the students could use their creativity to decorate them.

Creative Turkey Crafts for the Classroom

So, you have done the basic turkey art in your classroom, right? If you are looking for some new fun and creative turkey craft ideas this year then I got you covered. Check out some creative ideas below.

Turkey Pumpkin Craft

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If your class had a field trip to the pumpkin patch this year then this would be a fun craft to do with them. This colorful pumpkin is squeeze painted. To get the full tutorial click on the link under the picture.

Flower Petal Turkey Craft

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A fun twist on the typical turkey is to use flower petals to create its feathers. Not only is this turkey pretty but it smells nice too!

Balloon Turkey Crafts

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Would your students love to make these fun balloon turkeys? All you need is balloons, colored paper and glue and you are good to go.

Feather Turkey Art

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Feathers make a beautiful addition to the painted hand turkey. I love how they choose pretty feather colors to make it a work of art.

Turkey Headband

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This would be a fun project that you would also make for a cute class picture. Click the link above for the instructions.

Turkey Ornament

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This cute turkey ornament is filled with cereal, but you could also fill it with treats for the students to take home. You can find all the steps by clicking the link above.

Nature Inspired Crafts

Fall is a great opportunity to do nature crafts, with all the falling leaves and the beautiful colors of autumn as your inspiration. Check out below the best ideas for nature inspired crafts including colorful acorns, leaf art and pinecone creations.

Colorful Acorn Craft Idea

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These are simply walnuts topped with colorful yarn which create gorgeous giant acorns. This is a simple craft idea that your kids will have fun making. Plus, their pretty too!

Pinecone Creatures

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These little cuties are made with pinecones, felt and googly eyes. I love how they are holding a little sign too! Click the craft box girls’ link to see the instructions.

Colorful Painted Leaves

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I am loving the beauty of these painted leaves. These would look gorgeous displayed in your classroom. Click the link above for the full tutorial.

Leaf Bowls

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These take a little time to make but the results are amazing, and they would make great gifts! The instructions can be found in the link above.

Easy Thanksgiving Craft Ideas for the Classroom

For last, I saved the easiest craft ideas. These would be perfect for preschool or kindergarteners. All you will need is some paper plates, colored construction paper and toilet paper rolls for these next ideas.

Paper Plate Turkeys

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Yep, it’s as easy as it looks. Find some colorful paper plates to up the cuteness factor.

Toilet Paper Roll Turkey

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Love this simple idea. You can have the students add a little personality to their turkey with facial expressions like they did here.

Thankful Paper Turkey

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On each feather have your students write or tell you to write one thing they are thankful for. This is a fun craft for them to take home and show their family. It's always funny to hear what the little ones are thankful for too.

If you're also looking for some ideas for Thanksgiving treats for your class check out this post- Cute Thanksgiving Classroom Treats Your Students Will Love

Now you have 21 new ideas for Thanksgiving crafts for the classroom. I found for you new ideas for creative Thanksgiving turkey crafts, crafts that focus on giving thanks, nature inspired crafts and more unique Thanksgiving craft ideas. Hopefully you found at least one that will be perfect for your students to try in your classroom this year. If you try one of these fun ideas hit me up and let me know how it went!

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