With Thanksgiving just days away, we wanted to give you some quick and easy crafts to keep little hands busy.
Most of these crafts can be done with things you already have around the house so, you don’t even have to make an extra trip to the store!
- Felt or construction paper
- Rocks or acorns to fill the vase (optional)
This is as easy as crafts come! Send your kids outside and have them pick up some sticks.
Once you (or you kids) have your sticks selected, cut pieces of construction paper or felt into any size or shape you desire (I used felt cut into traditional and easy leaf shapes). Once the leaves are cut, poke holes in the “leaves” to attach the string and hang the leaves from your “tree”.
We use this tree as a centerpiece before our meal is served and write a question or “dare” on each leaf to keep the conversation and momentum of our gathering going. (It’s a great addition to our tablescape ideas!)
Tissue Paper Art
Another easy peasy craft!
Trace your child’s hand onto a paper (we used a pumpkin shape here), cover the paper with clear glue (or use a glue stick), and help your child stick pieces of torn or cut tissue paper onto the traced hand.
If you haven’t been introduced to the world of homemade salt dough, let me be the first to welcome you! Salt dough is inexpensive, taste test safe (even though it’s really gross), and easy to throw together in a rush. Here’s the recipe:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup warm water
Combine salt and water together in a large bowl. Gradually, add the flour to form a soft dough (adding the flour slowly is key. Stop once your dough holds together and is no longer sticky). Once your dough is thoroughly combined and no longer sticky, you can roll it out and cut it into shapes using a knife or cookie cutters. We used a cookie cutter set from the Target Dollar Spot (aka Mama’s heaven) to make acorns, pumpkins, and leaves. Once your shapes are cut, place them in a 250-degree oven for 1-2 hours or until dry. You can also simply leave these out overnight to dry.
Once dry, these can be painted with washable paint and then sprayed with clear sealant. (This is also an easy craft for Christmas, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves . . . )
Here’s an action shot of my son painting his fall ornaments:
Thanks for taking the time to craft with us! What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving crafts?