4 Thanksgiving Crafts Your Kids Will Love

Kids love to be involved in planning and preparing for family celebrations, so with Thanksgiving right around the corner, here are four creative crafts to add some whimsy to your holiday this year.

Cheryl Butler
4-minute read

Thankful Tree

Thankful trees are becoming quite popular as focal points and centerpieces on the Thanksgiving table.  Not only are they beautiful to look at, they aren’t overly complicated to make and your family can all participate by cutting out leaves and writing what they are grateful for this holiday season.

What You Will Need

  • A small arrangement of branches that you find in your own backyard or the park.  You can also purchase groupings of branches at your local craft store.
  • A template for autumn leaves (Click here for template.)                         
  • Cardstock in fall colors such as gold, orange and rust
  • A hole punch
  • Twine or ribbon to hang the leaves from the branches
  • A sturdy vase to hold the branches
  • A glitter gel pen for writing what you’re thankful for on the leaves


  • Prepare the leaves by using the template and cutting out various shapes on different colored cardstock.
  • Place a hole punch in the top of each leaf.
  • Have your family each take five leaves and list what they are thankful for using the gel pens.
  • Gather the branches together and place in the vase you’ve chosen. You may need to tie them together at the bottom before placing in the vase.
  • Randomly hang the leaves from the branches until you have a colorful tree. For extra shimmer string white holiday lights throughout the branches making it even more special.

Thanksgiving Giggle Biscuits

Most kids have enjoyed the classic fortune cookie. The cookie itself isn’t really the draw, it’s cracking it open to see what fun-filled fortune lies within. This year give your family and guests something to chuckle about and serve them giggle biscuits. Similar to the fortune cookie you can use packaged crescent roll dough and instead of a fortune, place a Thanksgiving Day joke inside instead.

You can print the jokes on your computer and cut them into the approximate size of a fortune cookie paper, which is 2 3/4” x 5/8” and bake them inside the crescent rolls.

Here are some jokes to get you started:

What did the turkey say to the man who tried to shoot it? Liberty, Equality, and Bad aim for all.

What key has legs and can't open doors? A turkey.

Why did the turkey cross the road? It was the chicken's day off.

Why can't you take a turkey to church? Because they use such FOWL language.

Can a turkey jump higher than the Empire State Building? Yes—a building can't jump at all.

Why did the police arrest the turkey? They suspected it of fowl play.

Where did the first corn come from? The stalk brought it. Why did the Indian chief wear so many feathers? To keep his wigwam.

What's the key to a great Thanksgiving dinner? The turKEY.

Be sure and check out more fun ideas on my Mighty Mommy Pinterest Thanksgiving Board.


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About the Author

Cheryl Butler Project Parenthood

Cheryl L. Butler was the host of the Mighty Mommy podcast for nine years from 2012 to 2021. She is the mother of eight children. Her experiences with infertility, adoption, seven pregnancies, and raising children with developmental delays have helped her become a resource on the joys and challenges of parenting. You can reach her by email.