Thanksgiving Turkey Gratitude Activity for Kids

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Are you super excited about the upcoming holiday season? We are so excited for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Not only is this such an amazing and memorable time with family but also a great time for crafting.

My kids look forward to the crafts we get to do this time of year. Many of them I hold on to and keep for them to hold on to later as they grow. We love talking about their milestones and seeing their crafts improve and change over the years.

If you are looking for something to squeeze in before Thanksgiving is officially here, this  turkey gratitude activity for kids is fun, simple, and adorable!

Use them as gifts for family and friends or just as place settings for your Thanksgiving table. Either way they are perfect and sweet crafts from the heart.

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids Gratitude Gifts



Follow these easy steps.

First, use your child’s hand and trace it on each of the sheets of construction paper.


Then, cut the hand tracings out and arrange the hand tracings to represent fanned turkey feathers and glue them into place using your hot glue gun.


You can then use a marker to write who the gift is for on the hand tracings. Write a note with a person’s name thhat they are thankful for to give away or just something they are grateful for.


Hot glue the hand tracings to the back of the clean jar.


Now its time for adding the face. Your kids will love this step! Use your hot glue gun to attach the wiggly eyes and candy corn nose.


Take about 1-inch of red pipe cleaner and shape it to represent the wattle, and glue it into place next to the candy corn nose.


Fill the jar with candy, crackers, or whatever you like. We used Hershey’s Kisses.


Set them on the table for a a sweet centerpiece and treat after dinner. Your guests will love them!

What are you and your family crafting up for the holidays? Share your ideas!

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This post was also featured on What To Expect. Check out the same tutorial over there too!

Thanksgiving Turkey Gratitude Activity for Kids

Thanksgiving Turkey Gratitude Activity for Kids

This Thanksgiving turkey gratitude is a wonderful family craft to show all the thanks this holiday season!


  • 4 sheets of fall-colored construction paper (orange, brown green, yellow, etc.)
  • Red pipe cleaner
  • Hot glue gun
  • 2 wiggly eyes
  • Candy corn
  • Chocolate candy or something like Goldfish


  • Pencil
  • Your child’s hand
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Used, clean jar with lid big or small it is your preference
  • Hot glue gun


  1. Trace your child's hand onto the different colored pieces of construction paper.
  2. Fan the cutouts out to create a fan look for the feathers.
  3. Using the hot glue, glue the fanned cutouts together.
  4. Write a special "Thanks for..." on the hand cutouts.
  5. Using the hot glue, attach the cutouts to the jar with the note facing outward.
  6. On the front of the jar, apply a small amount of hot glue for both eyes and the candy corn nose.
  7. Shape the pipe cleaner into a loop to create a turkey wattle. Glue next to the nose of the turkey.
  8. Fill the jar with the treat of your choice like candy, popcorn, or crackers!


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