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Thanksgiving Crafts, Movies, and Books for Kids

Thanksgiving Crafts, Movies, and Books for Kids
Updated: December 5, 2020
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Thanksgiving is 2 weeks away, and I am in full holiday mode decorating the house.

It reminds me of all the fun holiday activities we did at the beginning of the quarantine. In case you missed it or you are new here, to keep our kids entertained while at home, we celebrated a different holiday each week. We went all out for each holiday and it definitely was the highlight of our year!

I wanted to compile all the kid-friendly crafts we did to decorate the house as well as books and movies we read and watched to get in that holiday spirit!

This post is full of crafts, books, movies, and tv shows- but to see all things Thanksgiving food-related including my Thanksgiving timeline, shopping lists, and favorite recipes, click here!


Thankful Pumpkins

This craft is super easy to do and a fun way to get your kids thinking about all the things they are grateful for.

Tools you will need: Construction paper, sharpie, scissors, ruler, pencil, scotch tape, or glue stick


  1. Take a piece of construction paper and lay flat.
  2. Lay ruler flat on the construction paper verticle. Lightly outline the edge of the ruler to create 2 in. lines across the paper.
  3. Once outlined, cut along the line into strips.
  4. Have your kids write out what they have been thankful for this year in sharpie, or assist them.
  5. Then gather the strips into a pumpkin shape and secure with glue or tape.
  6. Once assembled you can add decorative leaves and a curly stem. We wrapped strips of green paper around a pencil tightly and then uncoiled it.

Handprint Turkeys

This classic craft never gets old! It is a fun way for your kids to express their creativity while giving your home some fun and festive decorations!

Tools you will need: construction paper, scissors, glue or scotch tape, googly eyes


  1. Take a large piece of construction paper and lay flat on the table.
  2. Have your kids place their hand flat on the paper and either help them outline their hand or if they are old enough have them outline it themself.
  3. Cut around the trace of the hands and set the pieces to the side. repeat 2-3 more times. Be careful when cutting and use child-safe scissors if kids are younger.
  4. Glue the bottom of the hands together to form the body. Line up your cutouts so that your hands overlap each other, but so that the hands of your cutout go out at a 30-degree angle. You can use liquid glue, a glue stick, or tape
  5. Cut out the shape of the turkey’s body. We did a circle and an oval shape- but let your kids get creative here! Then cut out an orange beak and red wattle for your turkey’s face and yellow feet. You can either create an outline for these features and then cut them out, or you can just cut out a triangle and round teardrop free hand. Glue on your googly eyes or if you don’t have eyes you can draw them on. Enjoy your fun little turkeys by displaying them on your refrigerator!

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