Preschool Thanksgiving Crafts Fun and Educational

by Karen & Grace Morris

With preschool Thanksgiving crafts, your child can help decorate the house.

The projects will also help develop skills.

The pictures below are links that will take you to the preschool Thanksgiving crafts that are on this page.

It is always good to do plenty of fun and interesting projects that will help develop hand and eye coordination, cutting skills, and fine motor control.

preschool Thanksgiving crafts

Painted Turkey

Your preschoolers can make a turkey using paint and toilet rolls. With this fun project, your child will practice fine motor control, eye hand coordination, and patterning.

painted turkey

You will need;

  • Toilet rolls, at least one for each color used
  • Washable tempera paint
  • Paper plates at least 3
  • Scraps of brown and orange construction paper
  • Glue stick
  • Wiggly eyes (optional)
paint feathers

Lightly press toilet rolls so that they make an oval shape.

Pour fall colored paint on paper plates. I placed two colors on each plate.

Dip the toilet roll in the puddle of paint, getting the end wet. Use to make a painted oval on a paper plate. Let the paint dry overnight.

cut a circle and square

Cut a 4 1/2 inch circle from brown paper. Also cut a 2-inch square out of orange paper.

Fold the orange square on the diagonal.

glue the circle on the plate

After the paint is dry, glue, the circle to the center of the paper plate.

glue on eyes on beak

Glue the orange paper on the circle for the beak. Glue on wiggly eyes. Our make eyes out of black paper. Now your creation is ready to hang on the wall.

Turkey Feather Cutting Exercise

Learning to cut with scissors is an important skill. It takes a lot of practice before a child is proficient in it. They have to learn how to hold the scissors and have enough hand strength.

turkey feather hat


  • Construction paper in fall colors
  • Pencil
  • Child safe scissors
paper turkey feathers

Draw feather shapes (an oval with a pointed end) on different colored construction paper. Draw a line down the center of the feather on both sides. Cut out the shapes.

cut to center

Have the child make an angle cuts to the center line.

Turn the feather and cut the other side.

Glue to a paper headband if your child wants.

To stiffen the feather, so that it doesn’t flop so much, glue on a thin strip of construction paper.

Yarn Feather Turkey

With this thanksgiving preschool craft, your child will practice patterning. With two colors, he can learn a simple AB pattern.

yarn feather turkey

What you will need;

  • Paper for a backdrop
  • Orange and yellow paper
  • Red and brown yarn
  • Wiggly eyes
  • Glue stick
  • White glue
cut an oval

Cut a 4 1/2 by 3 1/4 inches oval out of orange paper and glue on your backdrop with a glue stick. This will be your turkey’s body.

cut and fold a yellow piece of paper

Fold a small piece of yellow paper and cut a triangle, 1 by 1 inch. Glue the beak with a glue stick to the turkey’s body.

add eyes and beak

With white glue, glue on the wiggly eyes above the beak.

cut yarn

Cut four pieces of both red and brown yarn, each being about 6 inches long. (you should have 8 pieces total.)

add yarn to turkey

Glue the yarn with white glue, folding it into a feather shape.

Let dry, then hang on a wall for Thanksgiving.

Non-Turkey Preschool Thanksgiving Crafts

Toilet Roll Ear of Corn

toilet roll corn

Besides cutting and gluing skills, this preschool Thanksgiving craft can develop fine motor control. The tissue paper needs to be made into balls by pinching and crumbling.


  • Toilet roll
  • Scraps of tissue paper and /or crape paper in red, orange, and yellow
  • Green construction paper
  • Glue stick
cut tissue paper

Cut tissue paper into small pieces about one inch square.

If you use crape paper (party streamers) give your child a strip and he can cut the strip into smaller pieces.

Roll the tissue paper into small balls.

glue tissue to roll

Glue the tissue balls on the cardboard tube in a random order. You do not need to go all the way around the roll.

corn pattern

Make a corn husk pattern. Cut a rectangle 5 3/4 inches by 1 1/2 inches.

Make a point on one end like an arrow. This will be the back piece.

For the sides, you will need a 7 1/2 inch by 5 1/2 inch rectangle fold in half. 

Start 1 inch from the edge and make a curved line so that the side measures 2 1/4 inches from the fold.

Make a rounded point at the top. Cut straight across to the fold.

cut corn husk pieces

Cut out and trace on green construction paper. Cut out.

glue smaller piece to back

Glue the oval piece to the back of the toilet roll.

add larger piece

Glue the larger piece around the toilet roll.

Wouldn’t these look cute sitting on your holiday table?

Paper Pumpkin Pie

This is a great sensory project. It uses several items with different textures. The foil pan is shiny, the tissue paper is transparent and the construction paper is opaque. The cotton balls are soft.

paper pumpkin pie

What you will need;

  • An aluminum pie pan
  • Orange paper
  • Yellow tissue paper
  • Cotton balls (jumble size)
  • Glue stick
  • White glue
glue circle on pie plate

Trace the bottom of your pie pan on orange paper. Cut out the circle and glue in the inside of the pie pan.

tissue paper crust

Cut two strips of yellow tissue paper, one being 17 1/2 by 8 inches and the other being 14 1/4 by 8 inches. Fold them so they are 3 inches in width. Glue around the rim of the pie pan.

add cotton ball whipped cream

With white glue, glue 7 cotton balls in the center for whipped cream.

You won’t be able to eat this pie for real, but you could have a pretend pumpkin pie desert with your kids.

With Thanksgiving preschool crafts, your kids will have fun practicing important learning skills. They will also help you prepare your home for the Holiday.

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