25+ Fun Thanksgiving Activities & Crafts for 3 Year Olds

Give young children a great way way to celebrate Thanksgiving with these fun ideas for Thanksgiving activities and Thanksgiving crafts that preschoolers love. These fun Thanksgiving crafts are so much fun!

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Let’s have fun with Thanksgiving theme activities for preschoolers!

Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities

Thanksgiving is such a fun time for kids because the family spends time together.  We often think about Thanksgiving as one day with a Thanksgiving dinner.

But it is about so much more than that! It is one of the few times of year that there is blocks of time devoted to spending with family.

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Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for 3-Year-Olds

If you have a 3-year-old, you know how “in the middle” feels!  They adore to touch, experience and participate no matter what the adventure and this collection of Thanksgiving activities, Thanksgiving crafts and Thanksgiving games for preschoolers is a great way to make memories as a family this holiday season.

Keep your little one busy with these awesome turkey crafts for 3 year olds. The best part is some of these Thanksgiving crafts will allow your little one be part of Thanksgiving dinner or the Thanksgiving dinner decorating.

Edible Preschool Thanksgiving Crafts & Activities For 3 Year Olds

Turkey Thanksgiving treats for 3 year olds
These turkey treats from Simple and Seasonal look delicious!

1. Making Butter Thanksgiving Activity

I love this idea to get kids to expend some energy and make a delicious part of Thanksgiving dinner! Making butter is also an old skill that everyone should know! This is a great craft for older children practicing their fine motor skills.

2. Lollipop Turkeys Thanksgiving Craft

This is a really creative use of left-over Halloween candy for Thanksgiving fun! And if you don’t have gourds to make the turkeys, you can transform the actual lollipops into turkeys!

3. M&M Turkey with Free Printable Craft

This is a really cute coloring activity that uses some of that candy you have left from Halloween. Check out this cute M&M turkey free printable!

4. Share a Thanksgiving Treat Activity

This is an amazing turkey treat that started with the book, The Firefighter’s Thanksgiving, and ended with the family visiting their local fire department.

Coloring Craft Placemats For Toddlers

5. Make Thanksgiving Place Cards Craft

Get the kids involved in making Thanksgiving placecards for Thanksgiving dinner. This is so simple that everyone can get involved. This is a great way to let your 3 year old child help out getting the table ready.

6. Simple Printable Placemats Craft

These are precious and the perfect size for chubby little fingers to color with big crayons! These simple printable placemats lets everyone say what they are thankful for. Your three year old will love help make the Thanksgiving decorations.

7. Printable Game Placemats Craft

Thanksgiving dinner can be fun and games with this series of printable game placemats. Young kids, older kids, really the whole family will enjoy this easy craft. Which makes this one of the best fun Thanksgiving activities for toddlers. Practice that fine motor skill!

Thankful Crafts & Activities For 3 Year Olds

8. Thankfulness Tree Craft

Transform a window in your home into a tree full of thanks. I love the simplicity of this and how kids can really get involved…even at the age of 3. Grab different colors of construction paper for this one, because you’ll need it!

9. Gratitude Basket Craft

This is one of my favorite crafts in this list of Thanksgiving craft ideas for 3 year olds. This adorable turkey gratitude basket has a mission of thankfulness. It would make a really cute table decoration for dinner too!

10. Thankful Turkey Craft

Kids can color this free printable that creates the turkey using a tin can. They will need some help with assembly, but this thankful turkey craft is so cute and recycles.

11. Greeting Relatives Activity

Holidays can be challenging for your average 3 year old because there may be a lot of activity around the house with people that they are “supposed” to know.  I love this article on how to help you child feel comfortable greeting relatives and being thankful to see family.

Thanksgiving Paper Crafts For Preschoolers and Toddlers

12. Fall Crown Craft

Looking for another fun activity for your three year old? If you have a little queen or king in your house, then making a fall crown can be a lot of fun.

13. Thanksgiving Coloring Pages Activity

These are some of my favorite Thanksgiving coloring pages of all time. They double as placemats to increase a child’s ability to help be a part of dinner prep. What a better way to use up some of your child’s art.

14. Handprint Turkeys Craft

Want more great Thanksgiving crafts? Make a colorful turkey. Two versions of one of the favorite, time-tested, Thanksgiving activity of all time, handprint turkeys!

15. Thanksgiving Headband Craft

Inspired by the Native Americans who made the first Thanksgiving possible these Thanksgiving headbands are respectful and cute. Who doesn’t love these cute Thanksgiving crafts for three year olds.

16. Coffee Filter Turkey Craft

 You and your toddler will love these simple Thanksgiving crafts. Using a salad spinner and some paint, this coffee filter turkey craft is sure to be a hit! And the best part is, this cute craft just needs coffee filters and acrylic paint.

17. Paper Plate Pilgrims Craft

Want the best Thanksgiving crafts? This is absolutely the cutest set of pilgrims paper plate crafts…ever! This is fun and educational, perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.

18. Handprint Turkey Puppets Activity

This super cute idea transforms a handprint turkey into a puppet in need of a fall stage.

19. Paper Bag Turkey Craft

Your 3 y/o may need a little help with this, but it is sure to be a family tradition after you make this paper bag turkey craft.

20. Paper Plate Boat Craft

The pilgrims would be proud to sail in such a fine paper plate boat.

21. Handprint Turkeys with Clothes Pin Legs Activity

All I can say is these handprint turkeys with clothes pin legs are precious and I want to make them right now.

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22. Play Dough Turkey Activity

This couldn’t be cuter or more “doable”. Grab a few feathers, googly eyes and pipe cleaners and your play dough turkey might actually look like a turkey!

23. Pipe Cleaner Turkey Craft

A paper plate, a hole punch, and some pipe cleaners are a really fun way to create a pipe cleaner turkey. What a great fine motor skill activity for three year olds.

24. Plastic Bag Turkey Craft

This Thanksgiving craft is easier than it looks because it up cycles plastic bags with the help of some pipe cleaners. It sounds simple, but this plastic bag turkey craft is super cute.

25. Thanksgiving-theme Sensory Bin Activity

The base of this Thanksgiving sensory bin is…corn! Add some other seasonably textured items and you have a fun sensory experience. This is great for 3 year olds, other toddlers, and even preschoolers.

26. Leaf Garland Decor Craft

Get everyone involved in gathering fall leaves to decorate for the holiday! Using nature for this leaf garland decor is such a great way to use things around us to create beautiful things. 


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

What was your favorite preschool Thanksgiving activity or Thanksgiving craft? What does your 3 year old like to do at Thanksgiving?


  1. Looking forward to trying these out with my 3 yr old, Russell and figure the older ones will have some fun helping too. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh good! And we have lists coming out later this week for 4 year olds and 5 year olds – so that should give you even more ideas for the older kids.

  3. jaime@FSPDT says:

    thanks for including us!

  4. Thank you for including us in your round up! What great fun we will have trying these great activities with family and friends.

  5. Hi Holly

    Your posts put us over 200 at Happy and Blessed Home’s Family Fun Friday. You won the prize! e-mail

  6. How exciting! Thanks so much. I just emailed you.

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