This printable kids Thanksgiving craft is sure to be a hit around turkey day! Even better, these place mats will give the kids' fine motor skills a workout.
This Turkey placemat can be used with SOOO many materials. It would be a great activity for a class Thanksgiving party or at home to keep the kids busy while everyone is waiting for the big meal!
You can mix and match all kinds of craft supplies to make this a super fun reusable activity! Note that affiliate links are included in this post for your convenience.
So first things first. You need to download these super cute free Turkey Placemat Printables from the Lalymom Shop Page. Look under Free Printables!
If you want to make your own, I followed this picmonkey tutorial, but come back to see the list of all the materials you could set out for the kids to use with them! Here is what they look like:
Kids Thanksgiving Craft Materials Ideas
Now that you have those adorable gobble gobblers, take note that there are three versions in the document. One with gray tail feathers for coloring, one with no tail for free form play, and one with feathers with circles for use with round objects.
When you go to print your PDF please look at your print settings and make sure the page is set to horizontal. Print however many copies you want and let them dry.
Materials you can use with the turkey placemats for a fun kids Thanksgiving craft
Once you have them all ready, here are some craft materials you can use on the printable turkey placemats. To start, each placemat has a space to write your name and what you are thankful for. Bigger kids can write their own, but feel free to write the information in for the littles! Then get playing!
Please note: Some of the items below could be sharp or choking hazards for young children. Consider the ages of your kids or party guests when choosing what to set out. Provide adult supervision if necessary and be sure all materials are picked up if there are any babies around. 🙂
The top turkey placemat, with no tail feathers is great for open ended play that works on squishing, squeezing, pinching, cutting and more:
Colored Craft Sticks
Construction paper and safety scissors
Paint swatches (ask your local paint store for swatches for outdated product lines!) and safety scissors
Colored Craft Tape or Chevron Washi Tape (mine is Recollections Brand from Michaels but I could not find it on their website)
The turkey placemat on the left with shadowed tail feathers would be fun to use for mark-making, coloring and drawing with:
The turkey placemat on the right with circles in the feathers could to focus on pincer grasp and hand eye coordination, placing small items in the circles. You can try this with:
What other items would you set out and use with these turkey placemats?
Do you have a Kids Thanksgiving Craft planned this year? Let's hear about it in the comments!
If you like this activity please pin it!
Fine Motor Fridays
It's another week of Fine Motor Fridays! I love the mix of holiday and non-holiday related fine motor activities we have for you this week. Be sure to click through and see what the other Fine Motor Fridays bloggers have been up to this week!
Fine Motor Christmas Crafts and Activities for Kids from Still Playing School
Easy Shape & Pattern Activity from Powerful Mothering
Stack the Coins Money Game from School Time Snippets
3 Turkey Activities for Fine Motor & Math Skills from Stir the Wonder
Leaf Activities for Fine Motor Science from Little Bins For Little Hands