Fall provides abundant inspiration for seasonal crafts. The colors of the changing leaves, a rich, inspiring history and Thanksgiving traditions make the holiday a favorite with young artists. As you plan your festivities this year, try to incorporate activities that excite the imaginations of the younger crowd. Even preschoolers can help decorate and be included in the preparations. On Thanksgiving day, have a variety of crafts and activities on hand to entertain the impatient youngsters as they wait for the turkey to roast and the rolls to brown. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Banners add a festive touch to mantles, banisters and doorways. Children can make them ahead of time so the house will be ready to welcome guests.
This simple banner using coffee filters and printed letters looks more complicated than it is. Children will love folding the filters to look like turkey tails.
Send your kids on a scavenger hunt for found items around the house and yard to make this one-of-a-kind banner from Parents Magazine.
This pumpkin-themed banner will last through all of the autumn holidays. Craft foam and pre-cut shapes make this project fast and easy.
Save those old toilet paper rolls and turn them into a colorful turkey in this clever craft. Hang him on the front door to greet your guests all season long.
Set your table with hand-made place cards. Let your children leave their mark with these fingerprint turkeys from Family Fun magazine.
Make memories with these turkeys made from tracings of your child’s hands and feet. Make one every year and watch your kids and your turkeys grow.
Autumn Leaf Crafts
For a funky twist on a traditional craft, try leaf rubbings made with newspaper and a crayon. Inexpensive and quick, this is a great last-minute addition to your holiday party.
Young children will have fun polishing their motor skills with this simple leaf lacing craft. Give them several leaves to finish while they’re waiting for the feast to begin.
Use fresh and dried leaves for art projects like the creative ones at Squigly’s Playhouse. Have an art show in the living room for the kids to display their work.
Designate a specific box to hold the treasures you want to keep. If they’re too big or won’t store well, take pictures of them to add to the family photo album. Children will enjoy using their creations year after year and paging through a scrapbook of their childhood crafts