While your toddler won't understand the history and meaning of Thanksgiving, it doesn't mean that he can't get into the holiday spirit through kid-friendly activities. Working on Thanksgiving crafts with your toddler can keep him busy and out of the way while your relatives are preparing the big meal. Plan simple Thanksgiving crafts that will keep your toddler's attention and introduce him to what Thanksgiving is all about.
To make a hand and foot turkey, trace your child's foot, with socks, onto brown construction paper and cut it out for the turkey body. Trace her hands onto brown, orange, red and yellow construction paper and cut them out. Your tot can glue the hands to the back of the body and draw on eyes and a beak. To make a paper plate turkey, cut the plate in half and cover it with colorful faux feathers. Glue a brown paper turkey body to the center of the plate.
To make a Thanksgiving wreath with your toddler, cut the middle out of a large paper plate. Crumble up red, brown, yellow and orange tissue paper and have your toddle glue them onto the rim of the plate. For another kid-friendly wreath, take your child on a walk to collect the brightest, most colorful fall leaves. Cut a piece of cardboard into a wreath shape. Help your toddler paste the leaves on the cardboard wreath.
Work on crafts with your toddler that represent the fall harvest. You can make a corn picture with your tot, drawing the outline of a corn cob and having your child fill it in with torn pieces of yellow construction paper. Another idea is to give your toddler miniature pumpkins and let her paint them however she would like. You can encourage your child to use fall colors to keep with the Thanksgiving theme, however.
Make the famous pilgrim hats with your toddler. Cut a strip of black paper to fit your child's head and staple it into a band. Help your tot cut out a tall black hat shape from black construction paper using child-safe scissors. Cut out a gold square for the buckle. Staple the hat to the band and put it on your child's head. You can also make hand print ships to represent the ships the pilgrims arrived on. Help your tot draw an ocean and sky scene on paper. Dip her hand in brown paint and press just above the water on the picture. Have her paste small white squares to the finger tips on the hand print to resemble sails.
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