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5 Quick Thanksgiving Crafts for the Classroom

In need of some last minute Thanksgiving crafts for your class? With Thanksgiving break just a week away, chances are that the crafts you want to find are quick, easy and very inexpensive. Take a look below at the ten quick Thanksgiving crafts that you can easily do with your students and be inspired.

1. Coloring Picture Sign

Use one of the free, downloadable coloring pages, print it out for each student, and have them color. Glue the finished pictures on a sheet of heavy construction paper and punch two holes at the top of the page (approximately 2″ from each corner). Run a piece of ribbon or yarn through the holes and tie it together to make a hanger. Students can take them home to decorate walls, doors or anywhere else that needs a little Thanksgiving cheer.

2. Paper Cup Turkeys

These simple turkeys are easily crafted from a paper cup, acrylic paint and some odds and ends craft materials that you are sure to have around the house or classroom.

3. Spice Turkey

Slightly messy, completely fun, this preschool/elementary age craft is perfect for early childhood classrooms.

4. Thanksgiving Turkey Spoon Craft

Break out those plastic spoons, some construction paper or foam and get started! While this activity calls for a hot glue gun, tracing paper and copying their patterns, you can easily do it without those things. Let your students draw and cut out their own feathers from construction paper and tape or glue them on with white glue. Quick and easy, this craft is sure to make your students (and you!) smile.

5. Turkey Memo Clip

No refrigerator is complete without a memo holder and this cute activity provides just the one for Thanksgiving. Easy to make, you can pre-assemble baggies with the needed supplies ahead of time to avoid a hassle. Students will enjoy making them and parents will be happy to display them on the fridge.

What are some of your favorite quick and easy Thanksgiving crafts?

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Rhonda P.
Rhonda P.

At home with my son, we make "turkey" cookies. Very easy to make and fun to eat! Our school does not let us do any activity with food items :( Of course, food allergies are a concern. You will need: Shortbread cookies (chocolate striped - for the base and the feathers) Ferrero Rocher candies (for the body) Candy corn (for the wattle) Chocolate frosting (for the "glue") "Glue" one hazelnut candy to one cookie which is the base. "Glue" another cookie to the back side of the candy to represent the feathers. "Glue" the candy corn to the front of the candy. That's it! Very easy to make and fun to eat! Here is a link to a picture of the finished product: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9612917@N02/

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ethanksgivingday.com

Celebrating thanksgiving day in the classroom proves to be beneficial because children not only have fun time but also they get to know the history of thanksgiving and how the thanksgiving culture was brought in America. Nice video of thanksgiving crafts, thanks to share it. I have made lots of thanksgiving crafts such as magic leaf drawing, color place cards, ear of corn place card, fall letterheads, pop up place cards, string of leaves, thankful leaf wreath, thanksgiving letterheads etc.

Kristen Hamilton
Kristen Hamilton

One of my favorite Thanksgiving activities in the classroom isn't a craft. It's a math activity. Grab circulars from your local grocery stores. Have the students plan a Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings and have them figure out how much it will cost them. It's a lot of fun and it's an important lesson about money.

Jane Stange
Jane Stange

I usually cook a thanksgiving breakfast for my class. I have each child bring in a piece of fruit for our class fruit salad..I usually have alot of apples in it because I don't tell them what kind to bring in. But the best part is the tablecloth. I cover their desks that I have placed in two long rows pushed together with white bulletin board paper and then give the kids markers to design their own place mat on the bulletin board paper. They love it and it looks really neat unless someone spills on it and it keeps them busy while I make the scrambled eggs and sausage :)

Judie
Judie

We give the children outlines of turkeys. They take them home and decorate them any way they choose. They bring them back cleverly decorated with candy, leaves, pasta, etc. We also color a picture of colored corn and then to make it more life-like we take corn husks made out of grocery bags and crunch them up. These go on the corn and I the hang the corn up between the turkeys and it makes a really lively 3-D bulletin board.

Erin Lyons
Erin Lyons

For the past couple of years I have been making "Turkey Callers" with my kindergarten class. Some years we have decorated them, others not. Poke a hole in the bottom of a plastic cup, thread a roughly 2' string through the hole (plain white string works best so that it doesn't shred, and I've used the kind you get in craft stores for making hand-made lace), then make a strong knot in one end and tape it to the outside bottom of the cup so that the long end of the string hangs out of the inside of the cup without pulling through. On the other end of the string, securely tie a 1" piece of dampened plain, cheap, kitchen sponge. Voila! You have a Turkey Caller! To make it work, hold the cup in one hand and run the piece of dampened sponge along the length of the string with the other to make turkey noises. Experiment until you get the sounds that you like. It may take a little practice, but soon your classroom will be filled with the sound of wild turkeys. I thought that this craft might go well with the "Paper Cup Turkeys" craft shown in the blog, provided that the children don't pop off all of the decorations in their enthusiasm! I usually just give them some autumn-colored feathers and felt pieces to decorate their cups with after they have exhausted their noise-making fun. There are some great audio files on the web if you do a search for turkey calls in order to share the actual sounds that turkeys make with your class. It's so much fun to hear the children try to duplicate the different noises!