Gobble Gobble: Time for a Thanksgiving Craft Round-Up!
Thanksgiving must be near. My sons have been bringing home turkey craft after turkey craft after really cute turkey craft for the past two weeks. Our refrigerator is covered with various shapes and sizes and colors of gobblers. I almost don't need to plan any crafts for us to do at home, except that even with my craft-fail-slash-aversion, I think turkey crafts are easy, fun and cute. Plus, teaching my kids to be thankful is of the utmost importance.
So bring on the Thanksgiving crafts!
There has never been any cuter turkey ever created than this paddle turkey from Vanessa at Silly Eagle Books. I'm serious. The colors, the idea in general, the sparkley goodness. I love it all. I think this may make it onto our must-create-list for next week! See for yourself!
Make something cute and useful for years to come with these corduroy Turkey Placemats from Little Page Turners. As an aside, Laura detailed the crafts she made last year, and I also adore her Thanksgiving tree centerpiece.
I fell in love with these turkey pins over at It's All Good in Mommyhood. Jodie found the original idea in Family Fun Magazine and admitted -- bless her -- that she cuts corners, making hers a bit more simple with a few less steps. A mom after my own heart. The final result? Adorable.
Laura at Finding Home made a beautiful table runner out of chalk cloth. Guests can write what they're thankful for, though you should have everyone write their messages before anyone starts drinking and watching football. It's really a beautiful addition to a Thanksgiving table.
Kelsey at Vanilla Joy made a variation of the typical hand-print turkey. It's called a Spice Turkey, and it's adorable and easy. Don't believe me. Watch her video!
The crafting blogs are simply overflowing with great ideas. Here are a few others that I simply had to share.
- No Time For Flashcards has a very simple thankful drawing with a fall fringe frame. Also be sure to check out their Thanksgiving sensory tub.
- The Adventures of Miss Mommy has a cute turkey with feathers showing things that the crafter is thankful for (family, food, etc). A great way to bring meaning into the craft!
- Simple Kids has a craft that is sure to please crafters and dinner attendees alike. Who doesn't love edible crafts. These cute leaf cookies are a great idea.
- Impress Your Kids has a super fun turkey necklace that would be a hit with younger and older kids alike. And grandmas. Grandmas love those kinds of things!
- The Shopping Mama teaches us how to take a painted handprint turkey and turn it into an adorable photocard.
- Our Montessori Home provides steps to make a pinecone turkey. We have a billion pinecones around our house right now, but we won't be making that many turkeys!
- Over at Crafting A Green World, Julie Finn shares six crafts you can make out of recycled material. Crafty and Earth friendly. Big thumbs up. I like the idea of making a thankful box for the table for Thanksgiving meal discussion.
If you're looking for stuff to keep the kids busy on Thanksgiving while you're slaving away in the kitchen (or watching football!), try a few of these ideas:
- Grandma and Grandpa Peaches did a great round up of printable worksheets (mazes/word finds/etc).
- Digital Scrapbooks and More Blog teaches you how to use custom Photoshop brushes to make your own Thanksgiving coloring pages.
- Have Fun Teaching Blog found some great Thanksgiving coloring pages that are already designed. Less work for you!
Do you have a go-to Thanksgiving craft that you do every year? Will you be trying a new craft this year? Share your stories and links with us!