Thanksgiving arts and crafts

Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cornbread, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie! Sometimes it is easy to get distracted by all the delicious Thanksgiving food and forget about what the holiday is all about. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful about what we have.

Encourage your children to be thankful by making this adorable turkey thankful box.

Supplies you will need

  • empty square tissue box
  • brown, orange, red and yellow construction paper (one sheet for each color)
  • brown acrylic paint
  • googly eyes
  • paint brush
  • glue
  • scissors

Begin by painting the tissue box brown with acrylic paint. While the tissue box is drying, take a piece of brown construction paper and draw the shape of a bowling pin. If you’re not very artistic, trace your child’s shoe. This will be the body of your turkey. Cut out the body.

Next, take the red, orange and yellow construction paper and draw feather shapes on them and cut them out. You should be able to fit 3 to 4 on each sheet.

Using some of the yellow scrap paper from your feathers, make the beak for your turkey by drawing a small diamond. Cut out the diamond and fold it in half. The wattle can be made the same way from the scraps of your red feathers. Simply draw a thick squiggle and cut it out.

Using a very small amount of glue, attach the googly eyes to the body. Glue the wattle and beak on at the same time, making sure the beak is slightly over the wattle.

Once your tissue box is dry, first attach the body to the tissue box. Next, gather your feathers and intermix the colors. Using the glue, attach the feathers to the back of the tissue box. Let your turkey dry.

A few days leading up to Thanksgiving, have the whole family write what they are thankful for on a piece of paper and ‘feed the turkey’ by putting the paper in the tissue box. On Thanksgiving Day, celebrate your family’s thankfulness by reading each note together out loud.