In honor of Thanksgiving this month, we wanted to take a moment to express our thanks for you, our Chixi community. Without you, your constant support and fierce loyalty, our mission to offer a nutritious, nut-free snack to children and adults alike could not be possible. We are so thankful to all of you each and every day of the year!
The Thanksgiving holiday is coming up quickly and many families will be preparing their homes to host family, friends and neighbors for the big Thanksgiving feast. Whether your family is preparing your home to host holiday guests for a day, a weekend or dare we say the entire week, there is a a lot of preparation to be done and usually every member of the family gets involved. This year, recruit the littlest family members to make homemade decorations to compliment your Thanksgiving Day dinner. Here are ten fall arts and crafts projects for kids to enjoy this Thanksgiving.
#1 Craft Some Critters
As you rake up the last of the fall leaves, save a small batch for an easy fall arts and crafts project for the kiddos. Recruit the kids to pick out a few of their favorite fall leaves then take them inside. Grab some construction paper and glue sticks then have them design some creatures and critters out of their leaf collection. Stick to basic backyard animals like birds, chipmunks, rabbits and squirrels or ask them to channel their favorite animals like a lion, tiger or bear (oh my) and make those instead. No matter what they design, the colors of the fall foliage from Mother Nature herself will compliment your Thanksgiving Day feast.
#2 Paint Fall Leaves
If you have some extra leaves left over from crafting critters, grab some sheets of white paper and place the leaves on top. Then grab some fall paint colors and paint over the leaves. Remove the fall leaves then enjoy the beauty of the graphic negative space that is left behind.
#3 Pinecone Woodland Creatures
If your backyard is completely clear of leaves, have the kids go on a scavenger hunt for some pinecones. Once they have a collected enough pinecones, bring them inside and find some felt. Take some scissors and cut out shapes to be used as faces, ears, feet, hands and tails then glue them to the pinecones to create a wonderful and whimsical woodland creatures or make some traditional turkeys to be placed next to the everyone’s place settings.
#4 Corn Husk Centerpieces
Some staples of fall and Thanksgiving decorations include pumpkins, gourds, hay bales and dried corn stalks surrounding doorways. If you have had your fall decorations adorning your home since September, you may have some corn husks that have fallen off their stalks like the leaves of the trees. Instead of sweeping them away, gather them up and have the kids paint them beautiful colors like golden yellows, radiant reds and outstanding oranges then glue them to a popsicle stick to create a beautiful centerpiece that can easily be added to your dining room tablescape.
#5 Window Pumpkins
If your Thanksgiving tablescape is already complete, decorate the dining room windows with some paper pumpkins. This ever popular, not to mention super easy, craft project is perfect for the fall season. All you need is orange, green and brown construction paper and glue. Here is a list of the full instructions.
#6 Paper Gourds
If you have plenty of pumpkins and lots of leaves acting as Thanksgiving Day decorations, add some gorgeous gourds to your decor. All you need is paper and pipe cleaners.
#7 Lovely Leaf Plates
Mimic the changing leaves outside by recreating them with some basic supplies. Simply grab paper plates and any extra sheets of tissue paper then have the kids cut out fall shapes from the paper plates tand adorn them with pieces of the tissue paper to create their very own fall foliage.
#8 Turkey Pudding Cups
If the kids sitting at this year’s kid table don’t enjoy a slice of Thanksgiving pie, (more for you then) put together turkey pudding cups for the kids to enjoy for dessert, but only after they have finished all of their Brussel sprouts!
#9 Fall Bookmarks
Besides sending your holiday guests home with Thanksgiving leftovers add a little something extra to their Thanksgiving to-go bag like a fall themed bookmark for all of their holiday reading. It’s easy! Grab sheets of felt that are fall colored. Think colors like yellow, orange, red, brown and tan, then have the kids trace their favorite fall leaves on the sheets of felt and cut them out. Glue them to a popsicle stick and viola! A fall themed bookmark.
#10 Hand Print Greeting Cards
If family and friends can’t be present to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this year, have the kids create handmade apple and pumpkin themed holiday greeting cards to send them. All you need is construction paper, paint and their handprints. That’s it! It can’t get any simpler than that.
Looking for some more creative fall craft ideas for Thanksgiving? Take a look at these ideas from Parents.com
We hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving! Remember to tag us on social media @hellochixi so we can see all of your family’s fall themed arts and crafts.