30+ Thanksgiving Activities & Easy Crafts Toddlers Will LOVE

Kids will have a blast celebrating Thanksgiving with these 30+ Thanksgiving activities for toddlers! While kids of all ages can have fun with these hand-picked Thanksgiving activity favorites including easy Thanksgiving crafts for toddlers, we chose them with the youngest in mind.

30+ thanksgiving activities for toddlers-turkey made of leaves and a black cup, paper turkey, muffin wrapper turkey, turkey made with beads, pumpkin pie playdough, and a pine cone turkey made from pipe cleaners.

Even though Thanksgiving is packed in the part of the season when decorating and shopping is on my mind, there seems to be downtime around this holiday that is open for having a little family fun. These Thanksgiving ideas will make creating and making memories with your toddler easy and fun!

Oh, and the turkey crafts for toddlers are such a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving and keep your little one busy.

Best Thanksgiving Activities For Toddlers

These turkey crafts for toddlers are such a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving. The best part is, some of these would make preschool Thanksgiving crafts as well as Thanksgiving activities for kindergarten kids.

1. Print, Color & Play with Free Thanksgiving Printables Simple Enough for Toddlers

2. Play Pumpkin Pie 

This preciously adorable felt faux food is seasonally perfect.  Little hands will enjoy playing with their food while we will all be glad it is mess-free. via Mama Smiles

3. Thanksgiving Tree Family Activity

This is a family activity that can include everyone…including the little ones.  It is always a good thing to start the conversation of gratefulness. via Kids Activities Blog

4. Play a Thanksgiving Game

This simple game will have all the kids running with a grateful heart.  It can be modified for any level of play. via Kids Activities Blog

5. Take a Fall Family Outing

Lots of ideas to get the entire family outside to enjoy autumn and the Thanksgiving air. via Kids Activities Blog

6. Go on a Fall Scavenger Hunt

This nature scavenger hunt for kids of all ages is really good for younger kids too because it doesn’t require reading skills to know what you are searching for!

7. Play with the Geometric Turkey

With some shapes that require little adult skill to create, a toddler can assemble their own colorful turkey and decorate. via Blog Me Mom

8. Use Felt for a Turkey Assembly Activity

 If you are looking for a quiet activity, this is the perfect fit. Felt cut into simple shapes that toddlers can make a turkey…or something else. via Kids Activities Blog

9. Celebrate with a Thankful Heart Tree

Another family thankful tree that makes a sweet holiday tradition. via Kids Activities Blog

10. Read Thanksgiving Books Together

 A list of books that will get your family in the Thanksgiving spirit. via Kids Activities Blog

preschool thanksgiving crafts that include a black paper cup turkey with orange leave tail, a bottle cap turkey made of red, orange, yellow construction paper and googly eyes. A fat paper turkey with googly eyes with beaded tail feathers, a pilgrim paper plate boat, and pumpkin pie playdough.
I can’t decide which of these thanksgiving projects for toddlers I like best between the playdoh pumpkin pie or paper cup turkey.

Thanksgiving Crafts For Toddlers

11. Make a Torn Paper Turkey Craft 

Oh how I giggle when everything you need for a craft is in the craft drawer.  This is one of those simple things you can pull out and do within the next 3 minutes. via Coffee Cups and Crayons

12. Craft a Thanksgiving Headband 

Inspired by the Native Americans who made the first Thanksgiving possible. via Kids Activities Blog

13. Use Cookie Cutters as a Stencil Tree 

Using the cookie cutters in a kitchen drawer, your toddler can create art. via Kids Activities Blog

14. Make Thankful Hands

This simple craft involves hand tracing and a thankful spirit. This makes one of the best Thanksgiving projects for kids I think. It’s important to remember to be thankful. via Mama Smiles

15. Use your Hands for a Handprint Feathered Turkey

A fun, easy preschool craft that includes colorful construction paper and googly eyes! via My Cup Overflows

16. Recycle with a Coffee Filter Turkey

Using a salad spinner and some paint, this craft is sure to be a toddler hit! via Kids Activities Blog

17. Create Bottle Cap Turkey Magnets

Go small. Make fridge magnets with bottle caps. This would also make a great Thanksgiving activities for kindergarten kids. via Crafty Morning

thanksgiving activities for preschoolers with a brown paper turkey with beaded tail feathers, a turkey made out of hands cut out from construction paper, 3d paper pumpkin decor, and a tree with paper leaves.
That 3D paper pumpkin is one of the cutest Thanksgiving craft ideas for kids.

Easy Thanksgiving Crafts For Kids

18. Decorate a Turkey

I love how this simple activity can be made age-appropriate based on the materials you provide for turkey dressing (up). via Blog Me Mom

19. Make Native American Dolls

 These simple play people are up cycled toilet paper rolls and can be personalized to a toddler’s specifications. via Crafty Moms Share

20. Paint a Handprint Ship

This simple handprint ship art project is great for younger kids like toddlers and preschoolers! A toddler’s handprint is transformed into a pilgrim ship with a bit of paint and construction paper shapes.  It is something they will love to do and then send as a card.

Thanksgiving activities for toddlers with a turkey using hand cut outs from construction paper, a thankful tree with paper leaves, and a stuffed pumpkin pie made from felt.
That construction paper turkey is one of our many great Thanksgiving activities for kindergarten kids since it involves using scissors.

Thanksgiving Craft Ideas For Kids

21. Create an Easy Paper Plate Pumpkin

This site has several easy preschool crafts. Plus, it requires very little to make. A paper plate, tissue paper, and a glue stick. This is also one of many Thanksgiving crafts for 3 year olds that wouldn’t require a lot of help. via She Knows

22. Make Pasta Turkeys

This silly sensory play is sure to be a hit with kids that adore their time to be filled with a tad of messy. via 123 Homeschool 4 Me

23. DIY Art Placemats

Get the entire family involved in creating custom placemats from their art for Thanksgiving dinner! via Kids Activities Blog

24. Craft a We are Thankful Display with the Family

Toddlers can get involved in the family thankfulness display. via Kids Activities Blog

25. Make Colorful Turkey Suncatcher

Transform a little tissue paper into a bright and happy turkey to hang in the window.  This post has a free printable so your turkey will resemble a turkey too! via Learn Create Love

26. Craft a Thanksgiving Centerpiece Together

This table centerpiece is easy enough that a toddler can be involved in the process. via Kids Activities Blog

Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Ideas

27. Make a Handprint Turkey

This child craft Thanksgiving tradition is always lots of fun. via Mama Smiles

28. Make a Footprint Turkey

This child craft Thanksgiving tradition has a twist! This is a great way to make thanksgiving art for toddlers. Plus, this is one of our super cute Thanksgiving crafts for infants as well. via Kids Activities Blog

29. Make a Paper Plate Boat

Build a ship out of paper plates. If you are brave, grab some paint too. Adding paint to this project would also make this one of the many great Thanksgiving activities for kindergarten kids. via Kids Activities Blog

30. Get the Family Together and Make a Handprint Tree

Make a Thanksgiving handprint tree with all the members of the family. This could be fun with everyone that joins you for Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids of All Ages

We have great things to do to celebrate Thanksgiving with kids of all ages:

What is your favorite Thanksgiving activity for 2 year olds? Which toddler Thanksgiving craft or activity will be your first to try?


  1. Thanks so much for including our fine motor turkey! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  2. I ADORE that!!! Thanks so much for letting us feature it.

  3. Can you tell me where I can find directions for the felt pumpkin pie? Thanks!

  4. It is linked above in the Play Pumpkin Pie – 2nd link in the article. She has a link to the directions.

  5. These activities are so fun! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Great activities! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

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