Crafts for kids are always fun, entertaining, and educational. This week’s Kids Frugal Craft from Mom on Dealz is a Thankful Turkey Countdown as fun Thanksgiving crafts for kids! This month is packed full of kids Thanksgiving crafts.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the fun crafts for kids I’ve posted. And if you love this, please PinIt or Stumble. :)

Thankful-Turkey-CountdownThanksgiving Crafts for Kids: Thankful Turkey Countdown


  • Paper Towel Roll
  • Googly eyes
  • Construction Paper
  • Glue
  • Pencil, crayons, markers


  • Cut a turkey beak and wattle out of orange paper. Glue about half way up the paper towel roll.
  • Add the googly eyes to create the turkey’s face.
  • Cut feather shapes out of yellow, orange, and red construction paper.
  • Have your child tell you things they are thankful for. I had Will tell me all of his things so we could have a picture of a completed craft, but this craft lends itself to be a countdown to Thanksgiving. You can have your child tell you one thing each day from now to Thanksgiving and then add a thankful feather each day until the holiday arrives. Then you will have a heartfelt and homemade centerpiece for your dinner!

Educational Activities

  • Language Arts: 1. Having your child write or draw things they are thankful for is a form of brainstorming which is the first step in the writing process. If you child is older, you can have them take their feathers and create a paragraph using the ideas. 2. Read a Thanksgiving themed book with your child and identify story elements with them (title, characters, problem, solution, setting). One of my favorite books for this holiday is The Littlest Pilgrim.
  • Math: Using this craft as a countdown helps your child become more aware of number sense and counting forward and backwards. You can also do addition and subtraction problems with the feather cut outs before you glue them on the turkey.
  • Science: Before attaching the feathers, you can have your child sort them by color. You can also ID the body parts of a turkey or discuss the habitats that turkeys live.
  • History/Social Studies: Discuss the history of Thanksgiving with your child. ID the participants at the “first” Thanksgiving dinner and why they were celebrating.
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5 Responses to Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids: Thankful Turkey Countdown

  1. jeegeepee says:

    This is a nice craft idea! Should have thought of this too. Maybe we will do some of this with my daughter during weekends.

  2. daveshir2005 says:

    I love doing crafts for the holidays.  They are so fun.  Thanks for something new to add
    fb/ shirley greenawalt zolenski

  3. Peggy Bolling says:

    This was just totally awesome! It amazes me how people get such great ideas. I wished my mind worked this way. I really appreciate you sharing this craft idea!!

  4. Nsue21702 says:

    Thank you for this post and sharing the link :) Awesome idea!!! We love your blog. I can’t tell you how many things we get a “heads up” from you on……

    • Jenny says:

      You’re welcome! And I’m so glad you enjoy my blog. If you ever find anything that I haven’t posted about, just contact me so I can let everyone know. :)

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