Ask A St. Louis Expert: Thanksgiving Crafts For Kids

Ask A St. Louis Expert: Thanksgiving Crafts For Kids
Your kids can make 3D pumpkins, cornucopias filled with sweet treats, a Thanksgiving tree, a pinecone turkey or turkey handprints for festive placemats. These crafts are simple to make and will keep your kids busy.
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Denise Bertacchi, a St. Louis native, is a freelance journalist with a degree in Mass Communications.  Denise Bertacchi has five awesome Thanksgiving crafts for kids that are inexpensive and creative.

Make a 3D pumpkin

This 3D pumpkin is simple and fun. You will need a sheet of plain white paper, one or two pieces of plain orange paper, rubber cement and a brown stamp pad. Have your child draw a small pumpkin on a piece of plain paper. The pumpkin is the template to trace the pumpkin onto orange paper. Cut the pumpkin shape from the plain paper. Apply a distressed look to the orange paper by crumbling it and smudging with a brown stamp pad. Trace as many pumpkins as you can onto the orange paper. Cut out pumpkins and fold each in half. Glue the back half of each pumpkin together using rubber cement. Add a stem using a brown pipe cleaner, small twig or a cinnamon stick.

Create a treasure with a turkey handprint

A turkey handprint is created using your child’s palm and fingers. You will need brown paint for the body of the turkey, four colors of your choice for the finger feathers and a thin paintbrush. Turkey handprints are made on paper plates, felt or construction paper. You may even purchase cotton placemats to use on your Thanksgiving table. When you use sturdy paper plates for a turkey handprint this can be used to serve up cookies, brownies and other snacks. First, cover your table with newspaper or a vinyl cloth and have your child put on an old T-shirt. Squirt each color of paint onto a paper plate. Paint each finger a separate color and paint the palm brown. After the hand is painted, have your child press his or her hand onto the medium you have chosen to paint. Use a thin paintbrush to draw the legs, beak and wattle of the turkey. Allow them to dry.

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Make a pinecone turkey

You can find pinecones outdoors, but if you do not want critters, it is best to purchase pinecones. You will need pinecones for the turkey body, colored construction paper for feathers, a small amount of play dough or clay to form a base for the turkey, googly eyes, an acorn for each turkey and craft glue. Steady one side of the pinecone onto the clay or play dough. Cut feathers from the construction paper and glue the feathers on top of the wide side of the pinecone. Glue the acorn to the front of the turkey using craft glue. Add the googly eyes and a small piece of red construction paper for the turkey wattle.
Teach thankfulness with a craft

Make a tree of thanks. Using brown construction paper, cut out a tree shape. Have your kids draw leaves of several shapes and cut these out. Ask your kids to write down the names of people they are thankful for on the leaves. Glue the tree on medium-sized poster paper, and follow with the leaves. Now you have a tree of thanks to hang during the Thanksgiving season.

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Make and fill cornucopias

Create cornucopias for after-dinner treats using sugar cones and your choice of fillings. You will need sugar cones, candy corn, fruit-shaped candies, raisins, dried cranberries, nuts or any fillings your kids like. Place sugar cones into a steamer on their sides and cover. The cone should be soft enough to bend after about five seconds. Remove sugar cone and bend the end upward to form the tail. Place the cornucopias on a paper towel to dry. When the cones are dry, fill each with fruit candies, raisins, dried cranberries and nuts.

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