Easy Thanksgiving Projects

So I don’t talk about my day job much, but I’m the director of an after-school program for an elementary/middle school (transitional kindergarten though 8th grade).  As the director, I oversee the program and all of the students in it, but I spend a lot of my time with the younger kids (TK-2nd grade) and, as you can imagine, we do looooots of arts and crafts and cooking projects.  I’m not sure why I don’t share more of that here, (I tend to keep different parts of my life separate I guess) but since this week has been fuuull of Thanksgiving projects and you might be looking for some fun easy things to do with your kiddos, I thought it was time for a little show and tell.  These are reeeeally simple projects and most of the stuff you need, you probably already have at home.

Our first turkey project was inspired by a photo that Dana posted on Instagram of a project her son’s class did.  Their project was slightly different, but with our kids, we helped them cut out a large feather shape from construction paper and let them decorate it however they liked.  Then we helped them write one thing they are thankful for and their name.  We assembled all of the feathers together and added a body and voila!  A giant thankful turkey!

The next project we did was a cooking project that is sooooo easy, very yummy, and absolutely perfect for kids.  It’s called Pumpkin Pie in Cup and one of my awesome after-school teachers, Laura, found it here.  The recipe calls for instant pumpkin pudding, but since we didn’t have any of that, we used instant vanilla pudding, pumpkin puree and some spices.  The kids get to crush graham crackers, mix the pudding, dollop cool whip and then devour it all without waiting for it to bake.  Could it be more perfect?

The last project was another fun internet find, the Paper Plate Turkey.  Another simple craft, all you need is a paper plate, some tissue and/or construction paper, scissors and glue.  Add googly eyes if you got ’em.

Gobble gobble.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving crafts?


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