Hunting for an easy kids Thanksgiving craft? Here’s a fast one!
I wish I had time for outrageous crafts with my kids, but there is just no way. I’m barely staying above water with three kids four and under. I have lofty goals each day like shower, keep family fed, and go to bed before the next day begins…I don’t see crazy cool crafts in my future.
Good news – this was the easiest activity!
I started this activity in the best place: my laundry room. That’s where I keep my activity supplies. I wish I had some amazing craft room or even a play room for storage but nope – I’ve got the corner of my laundry room. So I stood there staring at my supplies when I saw it.
I spied one of my favorite activity supplies.
Don’t worry… this activity took just a hot second to prep
I picked up my three supplies and headed for the dining room table.
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Here’s the magic to this easy Thanksgiving kids craft
It’s all about the Con-tact paper. Con-tact paper is sticky and magical and makes anything – even using feathers to decorate a turkey – into a full blown, super awesome activity. It’s the best.
Take the Con-tact paper and carefully remove the backing. Lay the Con-tact paper sticky side up on. Make sure to tape it down so it doesn’t move away from your kiddo.
Don’t forget to tell your child this!
Make sure to give your child this one direction: Keep the feathers on the bottom half of the Con-tact paper. I lightly drew a line for my son as a reminder of his boundary. This is helpful for the end of the craft.
I need to tell you something I wish I HADN’T done
I really wish I hadn’t made a turkey outline on the Con-tact paper. My son didn’t need it and all it did was confuse our cutting at the end. Learn from me: don’t make your child an outline. It won’t add anything and it’s not needed.
Once I finished adding a turkey body to the center of the Con-tact paper, it was time for my son to get to work.
He happily added his feathers and built his sticky Thanksgiving turkey while I played with my toddler (the baby was napping – never a dull moment around here!).
This is how you finish the project
After your child finishes adding their feathers, you need to “seal up” the turkey. Remember that half way line you added?
Fold the Con-tact paper back on top of itself to seal up the feathers and secure them. Then cut off the extra Con-tact paper.
Hang your Thanksgiving turkey on the window for an awesome sun-catcher.
So maybe I didn’t really have it in me this day for a massive craft explosion, but I was able to give my son what he was looking for with this easy kids Thanksgiving craft. He wanted a turkey activity and he got one; and don’t worry, I got my shower…eventually.
Looking for another sun-catcher Thanksgiving activity? Check out this idea from Meaningful Mama.
When will you try this easy kids Thanksgiving craft?