Holidays are special times that invite creativity, and preschool Thanksgiving crafts can be made quickly and easily. Turkeys, pilgrim hats and table decorations are just a few of the many Thanksgiving crafts that preschoolers can complete themselves.
For many, Thanksgiving means turkey. Turkey-themed preschool Thanksgiving crafts include tracing the child's hand and turning it into a drawing of a turkey. Cutting two hand tracings and adding colored finger feathers then gluing the two together on the bottom sides makes a table decoration. Add a family member's name or fill with sweet treats to use as a place card. Pinecones, pipe cleaners for feathers, and eyes cut from paper or purchased, make cute turkeys. These can be used as decorations around the house, classroom or table. Turkey headbands made with feathers and construction paper allow preschoolers to be creative and have fun.
In the fall, nature provides many materials for preschool Thanksgiving crafts. Brightly colored leaves can be glued to a placemat-sized piece of construction paper and then covered with contact paper. Brightly colored leaves can also be used as feathers for turkey headbands. Shredded crayon pieces placed on top of leaves and ironed between two pieces of wax paper create sun-catchers. Nuts including acorns, walnuts and hickory nuts can be used to create Pilgrims, Native Americans and turkeys. These whimsical figures can be used to tell stories or as decorations.
Creativity and imagination are two ways to help preschoolers learn social skills while having fun. Puppets can be made from almost any material. Old socks, mittens and gloves are three items that turn into puppets easily. Glue on yarn hair, use pipe cleaners for legs and add paper clothes to provide a wide range of color and texture. Paper lunch sacks can be turned into puppet turkeys, birds, people and talking pumpkins. Putting on a puppet show to help preschoolers learn about the Thanksgiving holiday combines imagination with education.
Recyclable materials have hundreds of craft uses. The lower part of a one liter pop bottle, decorated with Thanksgiving-themed paper cutouts can be transformed into a butter or nut dish for the table. Using the lid of any disposable plastic container preschool thanksgiving crafts including paper pies, turkeys made from play dough on platters and a tray of mixed vegetables are just a few of the many pretend foods that can be made using recyclable plastic lids. Plastic and glass bottles decked out in the proper attire become Pilgrims and Native Americans that can be used as table decorations or for pretend play. Trees of thankfulness made from the bottom half of a plastic bottle, small tree branch and paper leaves with one thing that the child is thankful for helps preschoolers find positive things in their world. The trees are held in place with a ball of clay or Playdough.
Finding spaces for all the amazing preschool Thanksgiving crafts may difficult, but finding craft projects with a Thanksgiving theme is easy.