While this year hasn’t been a traditional one, we still have a lot to be thankful for. Whether you’re planning to celebrate Turkey Day surrounded by family and friends or Zooming with your
loved ones, the childcare team here at Watch Me Grow Las Vegas has some great Thanksgiving crafts and activities to make your holiday memorable for your little ones. Read on to discover 15 ways that you and your children can make the most out of this Thanksgiving, then learn about the many high-quality daycare programs that we offer at our North Las Vegas early childhood education center, including our NEW supervised distance learning program. Happy crafting!
Paper Bag Puppet Turkey
Nothing tops off the perfect Turkey Day like a post-dinner puppet show, and, thankfully this paper bag puppet turkey is the perfect craft for even the littlest of youngsters. All you need is a brown paper bag, googly eyes, glue, construction paper, and some feathers. Get the complete instructions here.
Making this craft involves some outdoor exploring, so it’s perfect for children who tend to get restless at the dinner table. All it involves is coloring in a fun turkey print-out, then making feathers out of colorful leaves from your own backyard. Learn all the steps here.
Pumpkin Pie Soap
Looking for a craft that both adults and children will love, and that can be enjoyed long after the holiday is over? This fragrant pumpkin soap smells good enough to eat. The instructions are slightly more complex than the other crafts on this list, so be sure to help the kiddos out when making these super cute treats.
Cheerio Corn on the Cob
Toddlers love to play with Cheerios, so why not turn this favorite activity into a fun craft that your child will cherish? All that Cheerio Corn on the Cobs require is some of your little one’s favorite cereal construction paper, and school glue. Check out Glued to My Crafts for full instructions and print-out corn stencil.
A leaf catcher is similar to a dream catcher, only it can be used to capture cut-out card stocks leaves with positive thoughts. All you need is some 14-inch embroidery hoops, yarn, card stock, and the printable leaves template and instructions available here.
Fall Leaf Painting
Looking for another way to incorporate the season’s breath-taking foliage into your home decor, while also keeping little hands busy? Toddlers will love this fall leaf painting activity from Minnie-Mama, which involves painting around leaves to expose a negative space in their shape when they are peeled away. It also offers an excuse to get the kids outdoors!
Why should countdown calendars only be for Christmas? This twist on the classic advent calendar may be a little more complicated than other items on the list, but it will result in a beautiful new family tradition. Visit Woman’s Day for instructions and supplies.
Felt Pie Slice Garland
Looking for an activity that doubles as a decoration? Festoon your dining room with an adorable handmade felt pie slice garland, made of felt, buttons, hot glue, and twine. Delicious!
Pine Cone Turkey
If you’re lucky enough to have conifers around your North Las Vegas home, then there’s no better way to celebrate your surroundings than with a pine cone turkey! Best of all, these sweet little friends can double as place card holders for Thanksgiving dinner. Get the details here.
Pony Bead Flint Corn
What crafter doesn’t love pipe cleaners? These pony bead cobs of flint corn look good enough to eat! Visit Cutesy Crafts for full instructions.
Bubble Wrap Flint Corn
For another flint corn craft that is anything but corny, gather the kids and make some colorful bubble wrap flint corn! This fun and festive activity from Free Kids Crafts requires bubble wrap, wax paper, corn husks, and some basic supplies.
Nutter Butter Turkey Cookies
Looking for a craft that doubles as a snack? Dessert this year is DIY, thanks to easy and delicious Nutter Butter turkey cookies, made from Nutter Butters, miniature Reese’s cups, candy corn, candy melts, and candy eyes (available at most craft stores).
Turkey Napkin Fold
This craft not only allows you to welcome guests to the dinner table with an elegant and colorful display, but also offers an excuse for the kids to help with table-setting! If you have linen napkins, this craft from none other than Martha Stewart is one that you definitely don’t want to miss out on.
Keep the kids’ table entertained with acorn dolls. All you have to do is send the little ones out to collect a bunch of acorns, pop off each top, then glue it to a wooden ball. Give the kids some colored pencils and markers, and voila! See here for an example.
C’mon, did you really think we were going to leave out slime? Kids love slime-making because it is sensory and immersive, and it’s easy to incorporate this favorite activity into Thanksgiving, thanks to autumnal-colored glitter and/or food coloring. If you’re new to slime-making, you can get the 411 here.
Set Your Child Up for Success With Watch Me Grow Las Vegas!
At Watch Me Grow Las Vegas, we love all things related to arts and crafts, so be sure to check back regularly on our childcare blog for even more holiday-themed activities. For the best daycare in Las Vegas, turn to Watch Me Grow Child Development Center. We offer programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, as well as school-age children. Contact us now to learn more.