Thanksgiving is approaching; here are some activities and treats to make with the kids. Maybe some of these will become family traditions!

1. Footprint Turkey with Gratitude Feathers:

Supplies:

  • Brown paint (washable)
  • White construction paper/card stock
  • Red, green, yellow, and orange construction paper
  • Glue stick/liquid glue
  • Writing utensils (pen, pencil, marker)
  • Soap (to wash foot)
  • Paper Plate

Directions:

  1. Put enough brown paint on the paper plate to cover the bottom of your child’s foot.
  2. After cleaning your child’s foot, place your child’s foot in the paint–covering thoroughly.
  3. Place your child’s foot on the center of the page, and press down gently, but be sure to make a good footprint.
  4. Let the paint dry and clean your child’s foot.
  5. While the paint is drying, cut leaves out of the construction paper.
  6. On each leaf, have your child write one thing they are grateful for. (You’ll want 8-10 leaves.)
  7. After all of the leaves have something your child is grateful for, glue each leaf around the edge of the turkey making the feathers.
  8. While the glue dries, cut a small triangle out of orange construction paper for the nose of the turkey.
  9. Using an extra piece of white construction paper/card stock, cut two small circles for eyes. Using a black marker or pen,make pupils on the white circles.
  10. Glue the nose and eyes on the turkey.

Once everything is dried, you have a beautiful, handmade turkey full of gratitude.

2. Handy-Tree

Supplies:

  1. Green, red, yellow, orange construction paper
  2. Scissors
  3. Writing utensils (pencil, pen, marker, etc)
  4. Tape
  5. 1 Poster board
  6. Brown paint
  7. Paint brush (foam or bristle brush works great)
  8. Door you’re willing to tape the tree to

Directions:

  1. Cut a tree trunk shape from the poster board. You want the trunk to be proportionate to the little hand prints you will cut out shortly.
  2. Paint the trunk shape brown and allow to dry.
  3. While the trunk is drying, trace your child/children’s hand on the colored construction paper. You’ll want 15-25 leaves of varying colors, depending on how full you want your tree to be.
  4. Cut out the leaves.
  5. Once the trunk is dry, tape it to the designated door.
  6. Start taping the hand-leaves around the trunk. You are welcome to make the tree as full or as sparse as you would like, it’s your family’s creation.

*** A variation of the project could be to write something you are thankful for on each leaf.

3. Gobbling Pot Holder

Supplies:

  1. Light colored pot holder (white, tan, light beige)
  2. Brown, red, yellow, orange, green, black acrylic paint
  3. Paint brush
  4. Soap (to wash hands after)
  5. Paper plate

Directions:

  1. Put small amounts of brown, red, yellow, orange, and green paint on a paper plate.
  2. Using the paintbrush, cover the palm and thumb with brown paint, and one color per finger for the rest of the hand. (Green on the index finger, orange on the middle finger, etc.)
  3. Carefully place paint-covered hand on the pot holder near the middle of the pot holder. Press gently ensuring you get a nice hand print.
  4. Give the paint a few minutes to dry. Then add a small amount of orange for the nose, red for the turkey neck, and a black dot for the eye.
  5. Using the black paint, give the turkey two legs.
  6. Optional: you can write “Gobble”, “Happy Thanksgiving”, etc on the bottom and the year to remember this year’s activities.

Let the pot holder dry and there you have it, a precious moment saved in time.

4. Turkey Cookies

Supplies:

  1. Roll of Sugar Cookie Dough (or homemade sugar cookie dough)
  2. Candy corn
  3. “Eye” candy (m &m minis, or similar)
  4. Chocolate frosting
  5. Frosting bag (optional)

Directions:

  1. Shape dough in small circles.
  2. Bake cookies per instructions and allow to cool.
  3. While the cookies cool break out the candy and frosting.
  4. After the cookies have cooled, place a small strip of frosting across the top edge of the cookie and allow your little one to put candy corn pieces on however they would like. Put two small little dots for the “eye-candy”.
  5. If you would like, you can draw two little legs on the bottom for the two little turkeys.

Now you have some sweet little turkeys. You can save them to have after dinner, or you can eat them right away.