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Thanksgiving Crafts using Recycled Materials, kids craft ideas

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This Thanksgiving we’ll be serving up a heaping helping of gratitude. Though the historical meaning of Thanksgiving is a little murky, giving thanks is always a good exercise for children. In these lean times, simple is better. So here are a couple of recycled crafts to get children involved in the Thanksgiving festivities.


Thanksgiving Crafts using Recycled Materials, handmade cards

kids craft ideas

Turkey Place Cards
From planning the menu to setting the table, children enjoy being part of the process. Our five-year-old loves to talk about what should be served and can practice her writing skills by creating a menu. Young kids can also help out in the kitchen. By giving them manageable tasks like tearing the lettuce, pouring the ingredients, stirring, or cutting mushrooms with a butter knife, they will enjoy cooking with you. Folding napkins in a new way helps build their motor skills while keeping them busy. Children can also help decide the seating arrangement and make place cards.
These Thanksgiving recycled place cards are fun to make and will add a personal touch to the table.


  • Junk mail postcards for the feathers
  • School glue
  • Cereal boxes
  • Pen or pencil
  • Paper cutter (helpful, but not necessary)

1. Cut cereal boxes to 5″x 8″. You’ll need one for each place card, so you can get about two cards from each box.
2. Score the printed side of the box in the middle. Fold over and put under a heavy book to press flat.
3. Cut card stock mailers in 1/4″ strips.
4. Fold down about 1 1/2″, wrap around and fold again. Glue in place. Continue until you have all the “feathers” made. You’ll need 6-8 feathers for each card.
5. Glue feathers together and allow to dry.
6. While you’re waiting for the glue to dry, go ahead and have your child write the names on each card.
7. Fan out the feathers. Dip the feather group in a pan of glue and place off-center on the card.
8. For the turkey body, cut 2″ circles from the cereal boxes. Have your child draw a turkey head and face on each circle.
9. Glue bodies on top of the feathers. Have your child draw some turkey legs.
10. Add one to each place setting.


By Ellen Luckett Baker

Source: alphamom.com