Kickstart the Thanksgiving holiday with a festive craft that’s sure to leave kids grinning from ear to ear!
This turkey gnome craft is the perfect project to get the festivities started and let kids explore their creativity while having a blast! This cute little gnome is dressed up like a turkey, and since he’s so excited for Thanksgiving, he completed his outfit with a pilgrim’s hat!
This cute craft will be an adorable addition to your holiday decor, and kids will even gain a few skills while making it! They’ll develop their fine motor skills and have a sense of accomplishment when they see their turkey gnome come to life!
Don’t forget to check out more Thanksgiving crafts your kids will love and make this holiday season even more fun and memorable!
Construction Paper Turkey Gnome
You’ll need a few basic supplies which we’ve outlined for you below along with our free template. So let’s dive into this craft project and spread some Thanksgiving cheer!
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Turkey Gnome template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)
Download the turkey template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
Begin by gluing both eyes just below the eyebrows.
Glue the face to the top of the beard piece.
Glue the snood in the middle of the face, just below the eyes. Then, glue the nose over the snood, just below the eyes.
Place the gnome’s head on the top of the body and glue it in place.
Next, take the shoes and glue them to the bottom of the body.
Use the markers to color the pumpkin, then glue the pumpkin in the middle of the turkey’s body.
Glue the hands on both sides of the pumpkin so that it looks like the gnome is holding it.
Position the hat on the top of the gnome’s head and glue it down, slightly overlapping the top of the eyes.
Complete the hat by gluing the hat band, then the outer buckle, and finally the inner buckle down.
Finish up by gluing the feathers to the back and sides of the gnome’s body.
Be sure to check out all of our favorite turkey disguise projects for your kiddos while you’re here!
Thanksgiving Themed Ideas
Get kids learning and having fun with some great Thanksgiving themed ideas to incorporate this fall! Read on below for a collection of inspiring ideas that will not only keep your little ones entertained, but also help them learn and have heaps of fun throughout November.
Let’s make this holiday season truly special for your family with some great Thanksgiving themed books, crafts, and activities!
Thanksgiving Children’s Books
Below are some of the top Thanksgiving books for kids!
Turkey Trouble – If you’ve never read this book, you have to add it to your holiday collection! It’s so cute and fun and kids just love it! Follow the turkey around the farm as he disguises himself as different animals so the farmer doesn’t catch him for Thanksgiving dinner!
How To Catch A Turkey – Kids who love the How To Catch books will want to see all the crazy contraptions kids make to try to catch a turkey loose at the school!
Pete The Cat: The First Thanksgiving -Every Pete the Cat book is fantastic, but this one takes it up a notch with flaps for the kids to open. It’s a great way to get the kids excited about reading and Thanksgiving!
Craft Ideas for Thanksgiving
Shape Turkey Craft – Your little turkeys will love this turkey craft that will teach them about circles, triangles, and rectangles as they piece together their adorable feathered friend. They’ll get some fine motor practice and start to recognize shapes without even realizing it.
Pirate Turkey Disguise Craft – Rrrr ye mateys! Keep Mr. Turkey safe for Thanksgiving with this fun pirate disguise! With this imaginative craft, he’ll be able to enjoy Thanksgiving without worry. Your little mateys are sure to like this disguise a turkey project idea!
Handprint Pilgrim Craft – This personalized craft is a great way to introduce kids to the First Thanksgiving. With our free templates, they can make a pilgrim boy and girl. You’ll just need a handful of basic supplies and your little one’s handprints!
Pumpkin Turkey Craft – This perfect fall craft combines pumpkins and turkeys! Kids will love dressing their pumpkins up like a turkey and proudly display them for a festive decoration. This is a low-prep activity that’s fun and easy to make this November!
Thanksgiving Activity Sheets
Use these Thanksgiving worksheets for a seamless way to blend holiday fun with valuable learning. In this set of worksheets, children will tackle three enriching activities designed to enhance their letter recognition, pattern solving, problem solving, and handwriting skills.
They can master the letter ‘T,’ navigate through a letter ‘C’ maze, and find the next illustration in various patterns. These festive printables are the perfect addition to lessons at home or in the classroom.
These turkey worksheets will give kids the chance to bring a turkey to life with vibrant colors after labeling its different parts, practice writing the letter ‘T’ like a pro, and navigate a letter maze to uncover the hidden ‘T’s.
They’ll have a blast while also reinforcing important skills like fine motor skills, scissor skills, problem solving, handwriting skills, and more. These free worksheets will make learning turkey-tastic!
Kids will want to grab the tangrams and this set of Thanksgiving pattern block mats for a fun activity this fall. This set of mats features adorable Thanksgiving characters and objects kids can fill in with their pattern blocks.
They’ll identify the correct shapes to use to complete each picture while using their problem solving and fine motor skills. Use these mats over and over this holiday season by taking the extra step to laminate them!
Add a splash of color to your Thanksgiving celebrations with these fantastic Thanksgiving color by number printables! These free worksheets are the perfect way to immerse your little ones in the holiday spirit. They’ll have a blast all while honing their number recognition and color word skills.
With ten unique Thanksgiving themed images to choose from, your child can enjoy coloring while simultaneously enhancing their skills. Grab the crayons and these pages for your kids to make some festive holiday art!
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More Thanksgiving Ideas
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Turkey Gnome template
- Download the gnome template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
- Begin by gluing both eyes just below the eyebrows.
- Glue the face to the top of the beard piece.
- Glue the snood in the middle of the face, just below the eyes. Then, glue the nose over the snood, just below the eyes.
- Place the gnome’s head on the top of the body and glue it in place.
- Next, take the shoes and glue them to the bottom of the body.
- Use the markers to color the pumpkin, then glue the pumpkin in the middle of the turkey's body.
- Glue the hands on both sides of the pumpkin so that it looks like the gnome is holding it.
- Position the hat on the top of the gnome's head and glue it down, slightly overlapping the top of the eyes.
- Complete the hat by gluing the hat band, then the outer buckle, and finally the inner buckle down.
- Finish up by gluing the feathers to the back and sides of the gnome's body.