20 Thanksgiving Crafts for Preschool & Turkey Handprint Ideas

What better way to demonstrate all the fun holiday time brings than through crafts and creating works of art? Creating easy fall crafts to use as gifts or decorations helps you make your own Thanksgiving traditions at school or home!

If you are on the lookout for fall crafts for preschoolers or turkey projects for kindergarteners, you are in luck! We are excited to share these easy and fun fall activities.

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1. Feathered Turkey

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During the fall, turkeys are in such demand. So let kids get creative with selecting turkey feather colors and painting a fun background for their own feathered turkey craft. (PS it always functions excellent as a Thanksgiving greeting card)

2. Coffee Filter Fall Leaf Craft

Who knew coffee filters could turn into such beautiful autumn works of art? First, cut the coffee filters into a unique leaf shape, draw veins on the leaf with a white crayon, then use markers to add color and draw fun patterns. Once the coloring is complete, you are ready for the magic. Drip water onto the coffee filter and watch your colors blend, creating a colorful leaf.

3. Pom Pom Turkey

These cute turkeys are made with jumbo pom poms for the body and painted craft sticks for their colorful tails and legs. Kids can creatively select the color of their choice to make their turkey and add fun googly eyes to the construction paper turkey head.

4. Mixed Media Pumpkin Collage

Show kids how to work with different art materials to create a work of art. Start with a blank pumpkin cut out. Then, add various media to each pumpkin section, such as cut paper, seeds, corn kernels, beads, and pom poms.

5. Pinecone Turkey

Turn fallen pinecones into something cute. With a pinecone, pom pom, googly eyes, feathers, and pipe cleaners, you have an adorable Pinecone Turkey, complete with a bow tie (or a bow for a girl turkey), that will surely bring smiles and plenty of Thanksgiving fun.

6. Toiletpaper Roll Scarecrow Craft

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Never miss an opportunity to craft something great with an empty toilet paper roll. These cute little scarecrow crafts make incredible Thanksgiving decorations. Wrap construction paper midway around the roll and a patch to complete the outfit. Practice your origami skills to make a cute hat and get creative with decorating with a fun flower, either paper or silk; add buttons or rhinestones to the middle of the flower. You can use raffia or yarn for the scarecrow hair then all that’s left is to create a fun smiling face.

7. Plastic Plate Handprint Turkey

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This inexpensive Thanksgiving activity will create an easy gift or holiday decoration. Glue tissue paper squares onto the edge of a transparent plastic plate. Select your favorite acrylic or washable craft paint color, paint your hand like a turkey, and place your hand on the middle of the plate. You can add your name or write a personalized holiday message or greeting to the plate.

8. 2D Shape Turkeys

This turkey craft is terrific for learning basic shapes or use as a fun Thanksgiving craft. All you will need are popsicle sticks, paper, and feathers. Kids can build shapes with their popsicle sticks, then glue them together. Then, using craft paint, crayons or markers, color your shapes, add some paper to the back, add feathers, googly eyes, and beaks to make a face, and there you have the cutest little turkeys!

9. Brown Bag Turkey Puppet

Brown paper bags can take on many forms. For example, for Thanksgiving, they transform into turkeys. This simple craft is guaranteed to provide plenty of fun while making the craft and then playing with the puppet.

10. Handprint Turkey

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Tracing a turkey handprint can be so much fun! First, select various colors of paper to use for tracing hands. Then cut out the hands and create a turkey with colorful feathers. With little hands or big hands, this Thanksgiving activity makes turkeys of all sizes.

11. Fall Fork Tree

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This fun and imaginative craft celebrates the beautiful fall season with only four supplies, white paper, a plastic fork, art paint, and markers. On white paper, draw a tree trunk using a brown marker. Then dip your fork into the fall-colored craft paint and gently press the fork onto the paper creating imprints on top and below the tree.

12. Handprint Forest Craft

This activity is a great autumn forest craft for kids of all ages. Demonstrate that, like in nature, no two trees are the same; neither will your handprint trees. First, select your favorite fall colors to use for handprints. Next, create a mini forest on your craft paper. Once your paint is dry, draw a trunk and branches through the palm and fingers, creating unique fall foliage.

13. Shape Turkey Activity

This fun turkey activity is a great way to reinforce identifying shapes and colors, counting, and building on fine motor skills⁣ . Introducing the fun of Thanksgiving to the littlest learner is time beautifully spent.

14. Mosaic Tissue Paper Turkey

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You can create an adorable turkey by using tissue paper! Just cut simple shapes for the turkey body. This fun tissue paper turkey craft helps practice gross and fine motor skills in cutting and pasting, which is perfect for preschool!

15. Fall Foliage Collage

Sometimes great works of art start with a blank canvas. Using paint in fall colors to create a nifty mixed-media art project will bring lots of fun this Thanksgiving season. Different brush strokes, fall leaves, and sequins onto the background canvas. Then adding a Thanksgiving or fall accent to your canvas will make this a one-of-a-kind art project.

16. Fall Leaf People

Use cutout leaves or fall leaves from the trees, add pipe cleaner legs and arms, glue eyes, and make your leaf people dance through the fall season. Use as props in the classroom or display on fall bulletin boards. This activity is a fun way to usher in the fall season.

17. Apple Trees

Whether you are celebrating the fall apple season or reading Ten Up on Top, this apple craft brings so much fun and color to any classroom. With apples in red, green, and yellow, this eye-catching activity can reinforce several exercises, such as counting, learning how apples grow, and demonstrating a classroom favorite read-aloud book, Ten Up on Top.

18. Fall Senses

Fall is a great time to teach about senses as the smells of pumpkin and cinnamon fill the crisp fall air or how you hear and feel fall leaves rustling as you walk around. This fun leaf-shaped activity teaches the senses and allows students to think of what smells they like best about the fall. These colorful leaves also double as delightful classroom decorations.

19. Pumpkin Seed Pumpkins

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Learn all about pumpkins and create beautiful works of art. Painting and adding pumpkin seeds to students’ pumpkin drawings is a fun way to add texture to art activities. Make a sweet or silly pumpkin, adding googly eyes and a smile.

20. Fork Sunflower Art

Fork painting art can be lots of fun. Developing your techniques to create a uniquely designed flower with a fork and paint is a bunch of creative fun. Adding a stem and leaves with either painted white paper or construction paper to create a beautiful fall garden will be a fun addition to any fall-themed bulletin board.

These easy crafts are great for kids ages preschool and up, and they provide endless opportunities to broaden their horizons, giving them a chance to explore something new during this fun holiday season!

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