Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts

Thanksgiving Cornucopia
Supplies: Paper Grocery Bags Magazines Crayons Glue Scissors
Cut the paper bag so you can flatten it. Cut out the cornucopia cone shape, add a circle to the "open" end. Color it if desired. Cut out pictures of fruit from magazines and glue them onto circle of the horn.

Pilgrim Log Cabin 
Popsicle Sticks Glue Marker Pens Construction Paper (or White Paper)
Create your own log cabin on paper using Popsicle sticks. Coloring the Popsicle sticks, or the trees and grass surrounding the cabin on the paper. If you are feeling extra creative, try making a 3-dimensional cabin out of Popsicle sticks. Use a small empty box to help support the sticks while you glue them together. Pull the box out of the middle when you are done, or keep it inside for extra support.

Thanksgiving Characters 
Supplies: Toilet Paper Roll Crayons Glue Construction Paper Scissors
Cover roll with black paper. Cut a small circle, draw a face on it, and glue it onto the roll. Other things to add: arms, feet hair hat brim, apron, etc. You can also make Indians and turkeys this way.

Tree of Thanks 
Supplies: 2 Paper Grocery Bags Construction Paper (fall Colors) Crayons, Markers, or Pencils Glue Scissors
Cut open the grocery bags so it lays flat. Cut out a tree trunk and branch shapes . Use colored paper and cut out leaf shapes. Have children write what they are thankful for on the leaves and hang them on the tree. However, sometimes, it might be a problem about keeping a tree, in which case you can think of a thanksgiving

You Will need: Old Magazines, Newspapers or Catalogs Scissors Construction Paper Glue Cut out pictures from old magazines or newspapers to make a collage of things you are thankful for this year. Glue the images onto construction paper, overlapping them to form a collage. You can even frame your picture by cutting another piece of construction paper into strips to line the outside of your collage. Be sure to sign it before you post it somewhere.

Paper Bag Turkey 
Supplies: Brown Paper Bags Scrap Construction Paper Newspaper Glue Crayons Scissors
Stuff the paper bag with newspaper, leaving about 3 inches to fold shut. Try to fold it so both ends look the same and then glue it shut. Cut out feather shapes and glue onto bag. Draw and cut out turkey head and neck; making two tabs where the base of the neck will be. Fold one tab forward and one tab back and attach it to the bag.

Popcorn Necklace
You will need Popcorn, Thread& a Needle Pop the popcorn according to the instructions on the package. Let it cool... don't eat all of it! ;) String a needle with thread, doubled over. Knot the ends of the thread together. Make sure the thread is long enough to make a necklace when doubled in half. Stick the needle thru a piece of popcorn until the knot is pulled up close to the popcorn. Continue to string popcorn onto the needle, until you fill up the thread, leaving about a handful at the end of the thread. Cut the needle off, then tie the thread in a knot at the end of the popcorn. Tie the ends together to make a necklace.
NOTES! Please ask an adult to help you thread the needle, if you need help. You can also try adding beads, cranberries or other items to the necklace. Bracelets can als be made out.

Non-Toxic Modeling Clay 
You will need: 2 cups baking soda 1 cup cornstarch 1 1/4 cup water (Food coloring, unless you want white clay.)
Mix the baking soda, cornstarch and water together in a bowl with a wooden spoon. Transfer it to a saucepan. Please ask an adult to help you with the cooking on the stove. Cook the baking soda dough in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring the whole time. The mix will remain liquid for several minutes, but after 4-8 minutes it will start to thicken. Stir more rapidly until the dough begins to pull away from the pan. Remove the pan from the heat and turn off burner. Put the dough in a bowl to cool. After 10 minutes, knead the dough with your hands. If you want to add food coloring, now is the time to do that. You can separate the dough into smaller portions so you'll have different colors of clay, if you'd like. Put the clay in a plastic bag or air-tight container. In about 2 hours, the clay will be ready for you to use.
NOTES! This clay is very easy to work with and can be easily modeled by just about any age. The clay is non-toxic, but won't taste very good if you eat it. It will keep several weeks in an air-tight bag or container. If you'd like to keep the things you make, the clay will air dry. Once it's completely dry you can paint it, if you are using white clay.

Thanksgiving Tablecloth
You will need: Plain white table cloth Fabric paint and Printing items- here are some suggestions: Use potatoes to cut desired shapes into and use to print on the cloth. Sponges- these can also put cut using scissors to make a great print for example a pumpkin. Feathers, Corn Cob
For a nice flat surface to work on wash and iron the cloth first. Place the cloth on a clean wide space and lay down protective newspaper. You can use a paper or styrofoam plate to put the paint on. Try and choose fall colors and colors that bear the message of Thanksgiving to you- gold, brown, green, orange, red etc... Nature print: Trace pics of characters like turkey(s), the face of native Indians from any book and use pencil to print them on the material through the tracing paper. If you want to include leaves as a print item you can get them from outside your house and trace them right on the material with a pencil and paint later. The more characters the more diversity. But don't make it look clumsy and cluttered.

Thanksgiving Placemat Items
Large sheet of construction paper - 1 Construction paper to cut out dinner items White craft glue or a glue stick Pencil Magic markers Scissors Laminate to cover the placemat when it's finished Construction: First decide the spot to place the dinner items. You might want to gently sketch or mark where this will be on the large piece of construction paper. Draw the items to be included on the placemat and cut them out. Then glue them to the large sheet of construction paper. Do any writing or any other decorating. Like the drawings of some of your favorite people who might attend the dinner, the date, the name and so forth. When all these are done laminate them on the placemat.

Paper Plate Hand Turkeys 
You will need: Paper Plates Pencil Scissors Markers/Crayons/Colored Pencils (Optional: leaves, acorns, goofily eyes and glue)
For each turkey, you need one paper plate. Place your hand in the center of the paper plate, spread out so your fingers are separated. Trace your hand with a pencil. If you need help doing this, ask a parent or older sibling to trace. Carefully cut out the hand on the plate. The thumb is the head of the turkey and the fingers are its feathers. Use markers, crayons or colored pencils to color your turkey. Be sure to include eyes on your thumb so your turkey can see. If you're feeling very creative, use leaves or acorns on the fingers for feathers and paste goofily eyes on the turkey. You may need to have two plates for that to support everything. Put your turkey on display on the fridge so everyone in the family can see what you made! You can also use this idea to make waste plates for thanksgiving dinner. After you make the outline, don't cut it out, rather color it inside. You can also stick the cut outs you have made inside a plate to turn them in thanksgiving waste dinner plates.