I was never big on Thanksgiving when I was growing up, which probably had a lot to do with the fact that I was born in Canada and raised by Brits, and went to an American school in Singapore, but after marrying into a Canadian family and becoming a parent myself, the holiday has taken on much more meaning to me.
I enjoy spending the time with family.
I love indulging in fattening foods.
I appreciate having an excuse to drink excessive amounts of wine.
And now that I have a child in school who is (FINALLY!) showing an interest in arts and crafts, I’m really digging all of the Thanksgiving crafts that keep popping up in my Pinterest feed.
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1. Grab some toilet rolls, clothespins, and paint and let your kids have a blast making this adorable Clothespin Turkey Roll Craft I found on Formula: Mom. We’re going to give this a try this week as I think it would be a great keepsake!
2. If you are on the hunt for activities to teach your kids about shapes and symmetry, you will LOVE this Symmetrical Pattern Block Turkey Craft I found on The First Grade Parade!
3. Do your kids like leaves and modge podge? Yes?! Then they will LOVE this Leaf Lantern Craft by 5 Orange Potatoes.
4. If you still have some candy corn leftover from Halloween (unlikely in this household), this Thanksgiving Corn Craft I found on Made to Be a Momma is sure to be a hit with your kids!
5. Are you in need of a Thanksgiving-themed gift to take to someone’s house this year? If so, you will love this Turkey Candy Jar idea I found on Made to be Momma. It’s so cute, and I know my mother-in-law (who is graciously hosting us this year) will love it!
6. If you’re looking for a way to get your kids to practice their writing skills AND learn the art of being grateful, grab a few toilet rolls and construction paper and make some of these Gratitude Pumpkins by The Joy of Boys!
7. No holiday is complete without a handprint activity. Amiright? So grab the paints and construction paper and make this Handprint Turkey and Fall Tree Thanksgiving Craft by Fun Handprint Art.
8. Before you throw out your dish brush, get out some paint and let your kids have fun with this cute Dish Brush Turkey Craft I found on Crafty Morning.
9. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving in your home this year, why not give your table a personal touch with personalized placemats made by your kids? There are heaps of different ideas on Pinterest, but I particularly love this Turkey Leaf Placement by Bombshell Bling!
10. Does your child love Lego? Mine does. And I’m pretty sure she’s going to LOVE this Lego Stamped Indian Corn Craft I found on Crafty Morning!
11. If your kids enjoy playing in the leaves, they will LOVE this Autumn Leaf Print Craft by Nurture Store.
12. Do you need some decorations for your front door? I do! And I think this Thanksgiving Corn Craft by The Ramblings of a Crazy Woman will look amazing!
13. If you’re looking for an edible craft to do with your kids, grab the Cheerios and Fruit Loops and give this Colorful Glove Turkey Craft I found on Mom it Forward a try!
14. I don’t know about you, but I am always finding empty Play-Doh containers around our house, and thanks to this Fall Tree Preschool Craft I found on Brie Brie Blooms, I have finally found a fantastic use for them!
15. Are you sick of doing turkey activities? Me too! And that’s why I can’t wait to try this Paper Plate Pilgrim Craft I found on Free Kids Crafts with my daughter!
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