Making crafts is a fun way to celebrate Thanksgiving. You may not be too keen on the idea if you think crafts involve a lot of complication and mess, but there are easy Thanksgiving crafts you can do with your kids. You can even use some of them as table centerpieces. Here are some ideas.
1. A New Take on the Hand-Print Turkey
Remember tracing your hand and coloring in the palm and fingers to make a turkey? Here’s another idea that takes the principle of the hand-print turkey into new territory.
- Air-dry, paintable clay of any color (white, beige, brown or neutral earth clay is best)
- Acrylic craft paints
- Decorative options: small googly eyes, craft feathers, beads, etc.
- White craft glue or hot glue gun
Take a piece of clay about the size of an orange. Work it until it is soft. Place the clay on a hard, wax paper-covered surface. Using your fingertips or a rolling pin, flatten the clay into a circle, oblong, or random shape.
Have the child press his or her hand into the clay to make a clear but not terribly deep hand print. Allow clay to dry.
Once dry, use paint and the accessories to decorate the turkey – glue on googly eyes, feathers, beads, and so forth. You could put a border of beads or feathers around the edge or on the turkey itself.
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