Easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids. Cheap Dollar Store craft ideas for the Fall that kids love making in the classroom or at home! Free printables to enjoy are here too like our Thanksgiving word search sheets and more.
I have 3 kids, and taught Kindergarten and 2nd grade for quite some time. When the holidays come around I’m always up for creating easy Thanksgiving crafts! (originally published 11/15, affiliate links present)
This inexpensive craft can be made with your kids or use it as a project in your classroom during a holiday party. You can find almost all the items at your local dollar store and kids love creating it. I have a roundup of lots of other easy Thanksgiving crafts at the end of this post too so you’ll have a lot to choose from. 😉
This first Thanksgiving craft requires a few things, I will have a list of others at the bottom of this post:
- Pledge (yes you heard me right, the liquid kind)
- Glitter – I used copper glitter
- Construction paper
- Electric tea light (craft store purchase)
- Sticky back foam
Of course every dollar store (I use that term generically, this is a dollar tree store) has different glass items but most have small “goldfish bowl” style glass pieces you can use for this craft.
You will need one per child.
Now get some newspaper ready because this part can cause spillage. Put some Pledge into your glass jar, maybe 1/8 c. (I don’t measure).
You are going to swish this around inside the glass so all areas of the inside are touched with Pledge, this is going to adhere the glitter to the inside!
Once you’ve swished the Pledge around inside the jar, use a thick piece of newspaper over the top to kinda’ turn it over and make sure the inside lip of the jar is covered too, then pour the rest of the liquid out.
Pour glitter inside the jar and shake it all around so the entire inside is covered with glitter and it is sticking to the sides, then pour out excess glitter.
Now trace and cut out about 4 hand prints out of construction paper, and eyes out of the sticky back foam pieces.
The beak is foam as well. Cut like you see here, large part on outside and tip of beak part on inside.
Fold it in half leaving the ends open so that will stick to the glass itself. Just use a few pieces of tape to put the hands on the back of your jar and you’re almost done.
Small electric tea lights can be found at your local craft store and they already come with the battery inside them and everything. Use a coupon, buy larger packs and they’re only about 50 cents each.
That’s how you make this easy craft! Add to your Thanksgiving decor with some homemade burlap garland and enjoy.
Now of course you can decorate your home with store bought items. Pumpkins, Indian corn, and a pretty table runner will do the trick. BUT handmade from your kids is always way better right?
Below are a lot of Thanksgiving crafts for kids they will enjoy. Most do not require a lot of help from adults, but a few will. Let us know which ones turn out to be your favorites!
Easy Thanksgiving crafts
Thanksgiving BINGO printable here is free and so fun for all ages. We use our Thanksgiving word search year after year together too.
- Want a few free Thanksgiving printable coloring placemats? We have them here.
- This Thanksgiving turkey craft with gum sounds fun
- Make a fun Turkey handprint magnet this year together
- This Turkey serving bowl is so fun.
Turkey napkin rings are easy craft projects for little ones to help with too.
Need a really Simple turkey art craft? Try this one this year. OR opt for this cute Milk carton Mayflower activity.
- The cheapest idea is this Coffee filter turkey craft
- Kindergarteners love these Colorful corn mosaics Fall craft
- Incorporate writing with this Thankful turkey journal
Last year we made yarn pumpkins with licorice to create tic tac toe boards. Inexpensive and yummy at the end too.
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Tuesday 1st of November 2022
I teach 2 year olds at a daycare so i need all the easy crafts that i can get.. thank you for the information on this one.
The Typical Mom
Tuesday 1st of November 2022
Glad I could help
Friday 28th of February 2020
Oh I'm all about easy crafts!! So cool and cute!! All kinds of crafts are always a great idea!! Thank you for sharing 💜🌹♥️😁
Monday 6th of November 2017
Yes. I'm all for these easy-to-make crafts. It's more simple yet still fun for the kids.
Monday 4th of July 2016
Would spray pledge Work also ??