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Ask A Detroit Expert: Thanksgiving Crafts For Kids

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and there are plenty of crafts that kids can do for the holiday. Check this list for a few of the best.
Crystal Wachoski
Mom Among Chaos (blog), Cool Faces Body Art

Crystal Wachoski is a mom of two girls, owner of Cool Faces Body Art and co-blogger with her friend, Stephanie Hunter, at Mom Among Chaos. Her work can be seen on Mom Among Chaos and Cool Faces Body Art.

Grateful Turkey (Credit, Crystal Wachoski)

Grateful Turkey

What you will need: paper plate, glue construction paper, markers or crayons, scissors


  1. Have your child color the paper plate for the turkey's body.
  2. Trace your child's hand and cut it out. You can make as many hands are you would like. Your child may need help for the next step if they can't write yet.
  3. Ask your little one what they are grateful for. Write the response on each hand. Either you can draw or cut out construction paper for the eyes and nose.
  4. Cut out the feet using orange construction paper.
  5. Now it's time to glue. Places the hands around the paper plate so they look like feathers. Make sure to use plenty of glue and press down as you go. Glue your eyes and nose on.
  6. Finally, flip your turkey over and glue on your feet.

You now have an adorable turkey and will be reminded for a long time of what your child is grateful for. Don't forget to add your child's name and age to the back.

Related: Top Arts & Craft Classes And Activities For Kids In Detroit

Fall Tree (Credit, Crystal Wachoski)

Fall Tree 

What you will need: white paper or canvas, non-toxic paint


  1. Have your child dip their hand and forearm in paint. Place it on the paper.
  2. Use your fingertips to make the leaves. You can use any color you would like.
  3. Allow to dry.

Solo Cup Turkey

What you will need: Solo cup, leaves, glue, construction paper, scissors


  1. Head outside and pick out five leaves.
  2. Turn the solo cup with the rim facing down.
  3. Glue the leaves on the back of the cup to arrange the turkey feathers.
  4. Use the construction paper to make eyes and the beak - googly eyes would also look cute.
  5. Allow to dry.

Mayflower Hand Print

What you will need: construction paper, non-toxic paint, glue


  1. Have your child paint water onto the bottom of the paper. Allow to dry.
  2. Dip his/her hand in brown paint. Make sure he/she spreads his/her fingers far apart.
  3. The palm of the hand goes on top of the water. Slowly place fingers. The palm and fingers will make the mayflower ship.
  4. Cut out three pieces of white construction paper to make the sails. Glue onto the first three fingers.
  5. Add any kind of accent you would like to finish your painting. You could add clouds or details to your ship.

Toilet Paper Roll Pilgrim Hat

What you will need: toilet paper roll, black and yellow construction paper, tape, scissors


  1. Wrap and tape the black construction paper around the toilet paper roll.
  2. Cut out a circle in black construction paper to make the bottom rim of the hat. Use tape or glue to attach it.
  3. Trace the top or bottom of the toilet paper roll to make a flap to cover the top. Attach with tape.
  4. Use the yellow construction paper to cut out a buckle shape. Make a square and cut out the center. It will kind of look like the shape of a photo frame.
  5. Attach it above the rim of the hat.

Related: Kid-Friendly Crafts For Thanksgiving

Liz Parker is a freelance writer and a University of Michigan graduate with a degree in Creative Writing and Literature. Her work can be found at and

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