Horn of Plenty
To create your very own horn of plenty start with an over size piece of construction paper then carefully cut slits length wise. Be sure to leave an inch wide boarder around the outside edge uncut. Next prepare inch wide strips of construction paper that are same length as the shorter side of the large construction paper you have just cut. Use the strips of paper to create a woven pattern by weaving the horn of plenty. Glue the ends of each strip securely in place when you are done weaving.
The cone shape is created by rolling the woven construction paper starting with the long side of the paper then gluing it in place. You can now add all your favorite fruits and vegetables, real or construction paper it makes no difference. Change it up a bit by going on a nature walk and let your child select his or her favorite colored leaves to display inside your cornucopia.
Paper Dolls with Pilgrim Clothes
Paper dolls are perfect Thanksgiving crafts. Little girls love paper dolls, let this Thanksgiving be marked by a new doll created by your child. This easy project begins with a basic body pattern of a boy and a girl. Let your child draw face, hair and any other decorations they may like on the pattern. Cut out the pattern. The doll alone is not enough. Next comes the attire. You can use patterns, or use the doll as your reference and let the child function as designer and creator. To make these dolls applicable to the season include basic pilgrim garb in the wardrobe.
The variety and creative potential is limited only by your childs imagination. A double bonus is that once the fun of creation is done, the fun of play is just begun. It is best to use heavy paper or laminate the colored doll and clothing. If your child intends to play with his or her creation these preparations will dramatically increase the longevity of your childs creation.
Placemats for Thanksgiving Dinner
Let your child help with the dinner table décor by creating custom homemade place mats for each place setting. Have your children draw a picture of each person attending dinner. Perhaps a picture of what they are thankful for this year.
If drawing or painting is not something that sounds fun, you can weave placemats. Start with any color of construction paper you like, and then cut slits in the paper leaving a one inch boarder all the way around intact. Next weave the construction paper with narrow strips of construction paper securing the end of each strip in place with glue once the weaving is done. Decorate with construction paper cut into leaves, acorns, corn, pilgrim hats, buckles or turkeys anything goes.
You can also have the place mats double as place markers by having the names of your guests written on each mat.
There is so much to be grateful for; may this be the year that cute Thanksgiving crafts, time spent with the ones you love the most and stress free family fun are high on your list and fresh in your memories.