When we think of Thanksgiving, we often think of a table full of good food and time spent with family. It’s the perfect time for us to teach our children to be thankful for what we have, and for each other.
Have the kids make this adorable turkey handprint card to give to someone they’re thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday!
These handprint cards are super easy to make and give the recipient a keepsake of the little hands that made them.
Kids will practice tracing, cutting with scissors, and following instructions when making this cute and festive card.
Also, be sure to check out all our Thanksgiving crafts for more ideas!
Turkey Card Craft
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Turkey 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 the eye just below the eyebrow, near the right side of the turkey’s head.
Place the beak to the right of the eye and glue it half on and half off the turkey’s head.
Next, glue the snood to the bottom of the turkey’s beak.
Fold a piece of brown paper in half, then trace your child’s left hand so that their pinky finger is along the fold line. Cut out the handprint, leaving the left side of the pinky side uncut.
Take the feathers and glue them onto each of the four fingers (leave the thumb uncovered). Optionally, you can trim these down. You can also have the kids color them instead of gluing paper on.
Next, glue the turkey’s head to the thumb.
Position the turkey’s wing in the middle of the body and glue it in place.
Glue the feet to the back and bottom of the card.
Finish up by letting the kids write a special message on the inside!
This is a sweet, simple, and fun handprint craft that kids can give to someone special this Thanksgiving!
Looking for some Thanksgiving fun and learning for your kids? Look no further than this Thanksgiving fun bundle! It’s packed with 79 pages of Thanksgiving-themed worksheets, do a dot printables, family activities, and more. This is the perfect way to get your kids excited about Thanksgiving and help them learn all about this special holiday. So don’t wait – grab the Thanksgiving printables bundle today!
Thanksgiving Unit For Kids
Thanksgiving is a great time to have kids create and learn with fun crafts and activities. This time of year is a perfect chance for families to spend quality time together and get crafty. To help you get a lot of Thanksgiving ideas in one place, we’re sharing some of our favorite crafts and activities your kids will love to do.
Pick a few you think your child will love or do them all! They’ll help kids learn a variety of skills, increase their creativity, and keep your little ones engaged. Read on below for some of our favorite ideas.
Thanksgiving Children’s Books
Thanksgiving is a great time to gather around the table with your family, enjoy some delicious food, and catch up on some quality reading time. That’s right, reading aloud to your kids is one of the best things you can do for them, and Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to do just that.
Not only will they be entertained by your enthusiastic retelling of their favorite Thanksgiving stories, but they’ll also be exposed to new vocabulary and concepts.
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!
Kids’ Thanksgiving Craft Ideas
Crafting is a great way for kids to express themselves artistically, plus gain decision-making and fine motor skills. When kids craft, they are learning counting, patterns, shapes, and colors, as well as how to follow directions. It is also a way for kids to explore new mediums and build confidence by taking pride in their work.
To have your kids gain the benefits of crafting, add in some of our favorite Thanksgiving crafts.
Pumpkin Craft for Preschoolers – This pumpkin craft is so adorable! Your little ones will love putting this cute little guy together. They will want to proudly display it either at home or in the classroom! This project will help preschoolers hone their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and following instructions.
Scarecrow Headband Craft – Kids of all ages will love this super cute scarecrow headband. With this free printable, you’ve got two options to choose from depending on the kid’s ability. The first option is great for kids that can make a paper craft. The second option is for younger kids that aren’t yet able to make the craft but can color it in.
Acorn Craft for Kids – Get in the fall spirit with this cute little acorn! Perfect for preschoolers, pre-k, and kindergarten-aged children. With just some paper, pipe cleaners, glue, and tape, you’ll be all set to make this fun craft.
Paper Bag Pilgrim Craft – Have kids create their own pilgrim for Thanksgiving! These paper bag puppets are an inexpensive and easy craft to make, plus they’re fun to play with once finished! This craft comes with a free printable to make it easy for you to create at home or in the classroom.
Thanksgiving Activities For Kids
Fill some free time with the kids with these Thanksgiving pattern block mats. They’ll love all the cute Thanksgiving-themed block mats that can help kids identify shapes and colors. It’s essentially no-prep since once they’re printed and laminated, you can use them over and over with your blocks!
If you have dot markers, then you’ll definitely want to print out these Thanksgiving do a dot printables. Get over 25 pages to help your kids identify letters, numbers, objects, shapes, and beginning sounds in this bundle. Your kids will have fun while learning with these cute Thanksgiving pages.
Not only is this roll a turkey printable game so fun, but it also helps kids work on counting, colors, and patience! It is great to play in small groups – just roll the dice to see which color feather gets filled in. You’ll just need the turkey pages for each person that wants to play, something small to fill in the feathers, and dice to be ready to play!
Coloring helps kids develop their motor skills and creativity, so be sure to print these turkey coloring pages for a fun idea this Thanksgiving holiday. There are 4 different turkey pictures in this free coloring page set your kids will love to color and display.
More Thanksgiving Fun
- Grab your little girls this adorable & retro Thanksgiving t-shirt!
- These printable Thanksgiving placemats will keep the kids busy and having fun.
- This pumpkin farm playdough kit is a great sensory activity for kids.
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More Thanksgiving Ideas
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Turkey template
- Download the turkey template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
- Begin by gluing the eye just below the eyebrow, near the right side of the turkey's head.
- Place the beak to the right of the eye and glue it half on and half off the turkey's head.
- Next, glue the snood to the bottom of the turkey's beak.
- Fold a piece of brown paper in half, then trace your child's left hand so that their pinky finger is along the fold line. Cut out the handprint, leaving the left side of the pinky side uncut.
- Take the feathers and glue them onto each of the four fingers (leave the thumb uncovered). Optionally, you can trim these down. You can also have the kids color them instead of gluing paper on them.
- Next, glue the turkey's head to the thumb.
- Position the turkey's wing in the middle of the body and glue it in place.
- Glue the feet to the back and bottom of the card.
- Finish up by letting the kids write a special message on the inside!