By: Tatum Cochran, Youth Program Coordinator (Ages 1-11), University Village
Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated throughout much of the United States. It falls on the fourth Thursday of November, and traditional celebrations often include cooking and eating with friends and family, watching football, and reminiscing on events in the past year for which you are thankful. Below are two crafty options for kids and adults alike to do during Thanksgiving!
- Construction paper (brown/tan is best, but any color is ok)
- Markers, crayons or colored pencils OR non-toxic paint
- Googly eyes
- Set the piece of paper on a flat surface. Place one hand on the paper with your fingers spread out and, with a marker, trace your hand. If you prefer using paint, paint your hand first and simply press it to the paper.
- Color each finger of the “turkey” with a different color, except the thumb. (see photo).
- On the thumb, glue one googly eye about ⅓ of the way from the tip.
- Color the body of the “turkey” and add a beak and legs.
- Cut out the shape and hang it in your home as a Thanksgiving decoration!
Another great activity to do with friends and family of all ages to celebrate Thanksgiving is to create a “Cornucopia of Thankfulness”. This is an activity that I’ve done with my family for many years, and it’s great for bringing people together.
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- Colorful construction paper.
- Pens, pencils, or markers.
- A basket or “cornucopia” (see photo).
- Cut the paper into fun shapes. I personally like making leaves and pumpkins out of mine!
- Set the basket, blank papers, and pens on a table or desk that everyone in the house has access to.
- Let everyone write what they are thankful for on the papers and put them in the basket.
- When you’re eating together on Thanksgiving, read what everyone has written out loud and enjoy the time you’re spending together!
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