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    Default Thanksgiving Day Crafts & Coloring Pages

    4 easy Thanksgiving crafts & some Thanksgiving coloring pages for little kids to do and enjoy!

    Hope you, your children, and the children around you enjoy these fun crafts & coloring pages this year!

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    1. Holiday Place Markers

    These cute and festive place holders are perfect for Thanksgiving (any ANY Holiday). Super easy to make, kids can put these together while dinner is in the oven. A great way to get kids involved in the holiday festivities!
    Age
    6 and up
    This project is rated VERY EASY to do.
    What You Need
    white construction paper
    Shaped Foam Stamps- leaves for thanksgiving, ornaments for Christmas, hearts for Valentines Day, etc.
    decorative holiday stickers
    Dark colored Crayola markers- Red, Green, Blue, etc.
    scissors or paper cutter
    acrylic paint (holiday appropriate colors) OR a stamp pad.
    What you do
    1. Cut a piece of construction paper in half so that you end up with two 5x7 (approx) pieces.
    2. Fold both pieces in half again to create place holders.
    3. Use a dark colored marker to write guests names on the place holders.
    4. Decorate around the names with painted foam stamps or stickers.
    Helpful Hints
    Instead of just painting a solid color on your foam stamp, add dots or swipes of a contrasting color to the first color. Once stamped on the place holder it gives a fun, decorative effect.
    If you have stamps that are too large to fit on the place holder, stamp it so that it looks like it is falling off the edge. Simple overlap the stamp over the edge of the place holder, being certain you have newspaper underneath to catch the paint from the overlapping stamp.
    The scrapbooking aisle has a huge variety of shiny, decorative stickers to choose from. Stickers are wonderful as they are very easy for small children to manipulate.
    2. Craft Stick Turkey Greeter

    This project is easy to make and uses minimal supplies. Poke the turkey's stick into an upside down paper cup or hang on the edge of a flower pot.
    This project is rated EASY to do.

    What You Need
    10 jumbo craft sticks
    2 medium wiggle eyes
    Miniature craft stick
    Small scrap of paper
    Sharpie marker
    Felt - white, black, goldenrod, and red
    Acrylic paint - brown, orange, yellow, and red
    scissors
    Hot glue or white craft glue
    What you do
    1. Paint the jumbo craft sticks: 4 brown, 2 yellow, 2 red and 1 orange. Leave one unpainted.
    2. Cut ? an egg shape (body) from the goldenrod felt, approximately 2.5" high by 3" wide.
    3. Cut a small elongated triangle from the goldenrod felt for the beak.
    4. From red felt, cut an elongated heart shape, about 1" long.
    5. From black felt, cut a simple top hat and a small rectangle for the buckle.
    6. From the white felt, cut a small rectangle for the buckle a little bit larger than the black one.
    7. Lay the plain jumbo craft stick on the table. This will be your base stick.
    8. Starting from the right, glue craft sticks into a fan shape, stacking one on top of the other as you go. Our pattern goes brown, yellow, red, brown, yellow, red, orange, brown.
    9. You should have one brown craft stick left over. This is your turkey's body. Glue it straight up and down onto the middle of the fan shape.
    10. Glue goldenrod body in place. Next, glue the gobbler (red heart) just above the top of the body.
    11. Glue the beak in place just above the gobbler.
    12. Glue wiggle eyes above the beak.
    13. Glue hat onto top of head, then glue white rectangle on hat and black rectangle onto the white one, creating the buckle.
    14. Write Happy Thanksgiving on a small piece of paper or construction paper. Glue to miniature craft stick, then glue craft stick to body.
    15. Allow to dry completely.

    Helpful Hints
    If this is a class project, break it into steps. Paint one day, cut another, glue the next.
    Some craft stores carry packages of colored craft sticks.
    Put a fairly heavy rock in the center of a paper plate. Glue an upside down paper cup to over the top of the rock. When dry, insert the craft stick into the top of the cup for a fun Turkey Greeter holder.
    Alternatively, you can use construction paper for the feathers so that your turkey lays flat. Use the "sign" for each guest's name and use as place holders for dinner!
    3. Edible Turkey Decorations
    Easy for groups such as Scouts to make or for school treats.
    Parental supervision is recommended.
    Note: As in all recipes, results can vary depending on humidity, conditions, etc. Please try any recipe out before attempting in a group setting.

    This project is rated EASY to do.
    What You Need
    Microwave
    Bag of candy corn (beak and eyes)
    Bag of caramel candy squares (body)
    Bag of Dove chocolate (base/feet)
    Bag of striped chocolate cookies (tail and feathers)
    Thanksgiving cup cake liners
    Microwavable plate
    How To Make It
    1. Unwrap a piece of Dove chocolate to use as the base of the turkey. Place on a microwavable plate.
    2. Unwrap a piece of caramel and stick on top of the Dove chocolate bar for the turkey's body.
    3. Take a piece of candy corn and push down on top of the caramel (pointed end out). This makes the turkey's beak.
    4. Take another piece of caramel and push down on top of the first caramel. This is the head of the turkey.
    5. Break off the little white ends of 2 candy corns and push in the top caramel for the eyes. (see photo)
    6. Take one striped chocolate cookie and apply to the back of the body to form the feathers.
    7. Put the turkey in the microwave for a few seconds to about 8 seconds just so that the candy and cookie can fuse together. (Watch this! Not too much time, or it will melt.)
    8. Place in freezer for a few minutes to help the turkey "set up" quicker.
    9. Serve in a Thanksgiving cup cake paper.
    4. Pinecone Turkey?s

    This turkey is colorful and easy for youngsters to make. When complete, they make cute table decorations at each place setting for Thanksgiving dinner or for your holiday parties.
    Parental supervision is recommended.
    This project is rated EASY to do.

    What You Need
    Plump pine cones (spherical shaped about 1 1/2"-2" diameter)
    1 red bumpy chenille stem
    1 orange bumpy chenille stem
    5 other colors of bumpy chenille stems
    Glue (craft, wood, or all-purpose that dries clear)
    Wire Cutter
    How To Make It

    1. Make sure each pine cone has dried thoroughly.
    2. Cut the bumps apart in each chenille wire. Using wire cutters, cut in the center of each place where the wire narrows down--you want the bumps whole and fluffy.
    3. Take one red bump and shape into an 'S'. Glue this to the rounded end of the cone with the bump protruding somewhat above the cone for the head of the turkey.
    4. Take one orange bump and shape into a 'V'. Glue this under the bottom of the round part of the cone for the legs and feet. The feet can be shaped later. Toes can even be added.
    5. Take five to seven other bumps and carefully bend them so the narrow ends can be twisted together leaving the puffy end somewhat rounded. Glue as many of these as nicely fits close to the flatter stemmed end of the pine cone remembering to use glue only on the twisted end of the chenille wire.
    6. Let dry and then adjust shaped of chenille wires to make your turkey look more realistic.
    Tip: If you would like to use these as napkin rings, cut the orange chenille wires longer and make them into a circle and glue circle on bottom of turkeys.

    Coloring Pages
    Print several copies of each of these out, provide a box or two of crayons, and keep all the kids at your house busy on Thanksgiving day. Or, take them with you if you know there will be kids at the house you are going to! You could even provide glitter and glue for more fun.

    Turkey Picture- http://coloringbookfun.com/thanks/image ... mage20.htm
    Teddy & Turkey Picture- http://coloringbookfun.com/thanks/image ... mage18.htm
    Cornucopia- http://coloringbookfun.com/thanks/imagepages/image3.htm
    Another Turkey- http://coloringbookfun.com/thanks/image ... mage10.htm
    Happy Thanksgiving Sign- http://coloringbookfun.com/thanks/image ... mage17.htm
    Pilgrim?s Hat- http://coloringbookfun.com/thanks/image ... mage12.htm

    Hope you, your children, and the children around you enjoy these fun crafts & coloring pages this year!
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