Thanksgiving Craft for Kids Using a Paper Plate

Thanksgiving is a perfect time of year to embrace the wonderful gifts in our lives, including food, family and fun. You can involve kids in the spirit of Thanksgiving with this creative art activity based on a lively family story of thanksgiving by Natasha Wing.

Thanksgiving craft based on a popular children's story book - Preschool Toolkit

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Since food plays such an important part of a Thanksgiving celebration, kids feel special when they are involved in the preparation of the meal. There are lots of ways kids can help including washing vegetables, rolling out pastry dough, or stirring the lemonade.

The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing is a fun depiction of a family gathering to prepare and eat a meal together.



The story is told in rhyming verse in the style of The Night Before Christmas. The colorful illustrations by Tammie Lyon show the family laughing, playing and working together amidst the happy chaos of preparing a scrumptious turkey dinner.

After reading the book I came up with this simple open-ended art activity.

This drawing and dramatic play activity is mess-free and easy to put together, and a fun option to have on hand for times when kids need an activity of their own.  


Thanksgiving craft based on a popular children's story book - Preschool Toolkit



1. Draw and cut out pictures.

Alternately, search through magazines or flyers for foods you might see at Thanksgiving dinner, or simply foods you like to eat. Foods drawn on card stock or cut from cardboard box packages will be sturdier to handle.


2. Prepare 'food'.

'Cook' the food in a saucepan; place the food on serving trays; arrange food on plates.


Thanksgiving craft - Preschool Toolkit


3. Make a craft.

Arrange food pictures on a paper plate and glue in place.


Children benefit in many ways when they are involved in real life activities such as meal preparation, setting a table or washing dishes. Developmental skills, including language, social, fine motor and cognitive, are strengthened through these hands-on opportunities.

When you interact with your child through a story book and a related arts and crafts activity like this one, you provide even more opportunity to engage these skills, along with some amazing creativity!


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