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Thanksgiving Crafts and Games for Kids

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and I can’t wait for all of the delicious food! I held a Thanksgiving craft and game night with my kids and a few nieces the other night and we all had a blast! Whether you are in charge of a classroom or preschool party activity or looking for fun things to keep the kids occupied while the feast is being prepared, these Thanksgiving crafts for kids and Thanksgiving games will be a hit!

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Thanksgiving Turkey Craft for Preschool

I get to host the Thanksgiving party for my daughters preschool and I’m having so much fun planning it! I put together these easy Paper Bag Turkey’s for the kids to make. I’m going to have them draw something they are thankful for (since they can’t spell quite yet) on each feather. 

There are lots of cute Thanksgiving turkey crafts floating around out there but some weren’t quite at a preschool level like the ones I featured in this Round up of Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids. I came up with this one because I know the kids will be able to do it. Thanksgiving Turkey Craft -

Thanksgiving Turkey Craft for Preschool

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Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms – Holiday Appetizers

I love appetizer parties – especially around the holidays. There is so much decadent food and appetizers give you that perfect bite. I love just having a taste of lots of different foods food. These Sausauge Stuffed Mushrooms are the perfect bite in my world. They combine the deep earthiness of the mushroom with slightly spicy sausage and the richness of cream cheese. Delicious!

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They only take a few minutes to prepare and are baked and ready in 30 minutes! Enjoy!!

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms


16 oz. Button Mushrooms
8 oz. Spicy Italian Sausage (the cream cheese will tone down the heat a lot)
4 oz. Cream Cheese
1/3 c. Panko Bread Crumbs
*Optional: Cayenne Pepper

Gently clean dirt from mushrooms with a damp cloth. Remove stems from mushrooms and set aside. Arrange mushrooms top side down in a 9 x 13 pan.

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Brown and crumble ground Italian Sausage in a pan over medium high heat until cooked through.

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In a food processor add 1 cup of the mushroom stems and pulse several times to chop. Don’t have one? I use the Cuisinart Food Processor and love it. Christmas is coming – better add it to your list!

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Add the ground sausage, bread crumbs and cream cheese and process until combined. Taste the mixture and add cayenne pepper for more heat ½ tsp at a time (this will depend on the type of sausage you purchase and your personal taste).

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Spoon mixture into mushrooms using a small spoon.

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Bake uncovered at 400 for 30 minutes.

Click here to print the recipeSausage Stuffed Mushrooms

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Bathroom Basket – Holiday Entertaining

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Cottonelle, but all opinions are my own. #pmedia #CottonelleHoliday

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Bathroom Baskets are commonly seen at weddings, but I think they are so convenient for holiday entertaining! The concept is simple: you build a basket of toiletries and other sundries that guests may need during your party. I think these are ESSENTIAL if you’ve got guests staying with you at your home, but they are also really great to have for holiday parties! They save your guests the embarrassment of having to ask for items, and they save you from having to go look for those items during a party when you want to focus on hosting, not finding the Tums or a new toilet paper roll.

To make ours, I headed to Target and stocked up on a few items I didn’t already have. (I may have a small weakness for the travel size section at Target. The little sizes of shampoo, hairspray, cotton swabs, etc. are just too cute to pass up!) Number one on the list was the Cottonelle triple roll. I insist on the triple roll because no one in my family seems to know how to replenish the rolls besides ME! So, buying the triple roll saves me time and frustration because I hardly ever have to change it!

Bathroom Basket

Here are items to include:

dental floss, toothpicks, feminine hygiene items, cotton swabs, q-tips, breath mints, safety pins, bobby pins, lint roller, Kleenex tissues, sewing kit, magazines, air freshener, Tylenol, comb, brush, Tide to-go pen, deodorant, chap stick, band aids, hand lotion, hair spray, gum, nail file, nail clippers, eye drops, contact solution, hair elastic, tums, gas-x, hand sanitizer, cough drops, wisp toothbrushes, a yummy candle, diapers, wipes, changing mat, diaper rash ointment fresh towels, a new foaming hand soap and the Cottonelle triple roll.

Bathroom Basket

I like the small travel size items because I want my guests to feel like I am trying to take good care of them, not inviting them to move in. 🙂

I put smaller items inside small jars to make them easier to access inside the basket. I create my basket at the beginning of the holiday season and just leave it in there until after the New Year. Aside from our planned holiday entertaining, we always have pop-over guests and last minute get togethers and this basket gets used – A LOT! I’ll refresh it once or twice, but for the most part I’m able to just set it out and forget about it.

Bathroom Basket

My best tricks and tips:

A Baby Changing Station: You’ve got to include it. Parents will thank you for it! I include diapers, wipes, hand sanitizer, diaper rash ointment and a small changing pad.

The Toilet Paper Roll Tower: When we built our home I knew I didn’t want a dinky one-roll holder attached to the wall. I love this tower I picked up for $10 at TJMaxx. It holds 4 of the Cottonelle triple rolls and is extremely easy to change the roll. Fully loaded, this will last us a LONG time!

A Bathroom Basket Poem: This is just a fun little add-on that lets your guests know to take what they need and leave the rest for others. Here is what mine says:

So happy you’re here sharing this festive holiday
But just in case something should go astray:

Here’s a bobby pin or hairspray to fix your hair
Go ahead, floss your teeth,
Now don’t you look debonair!

Use Tums if you’ve stuffed your tummy too full!
Rest assured, there’s enough
We got the Cottonelle triple roll

Use what you need, and just leave the rest
For it may be useful to some other guest!

Bathroom Basket

Now, just set it all out and you’re all set to entertain through the holidays!

Bathroom Basket

 It’s your lucky day! I’ve got a great coupon to share with you, just click on this link and you can print it out (limit 2 clicks per computer – while supplies last). You’ll get a free box of Kleenex when you purchase a Cottonelle triple roll 12 pack (or larger) at Target. It saved me $1.50!

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids: Round-up

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Every bit of me LOVES Thanksgiving! There is an abundance of really delicious food, a great heritage to the holiday, time with family and friends and the opportunity to reflect on your blessings. These Thanksgiving crafts for kids will be perfect in helping you teach your little ones about the season, or just have some themed holiday crafting fun! I’ve rounded up a few ideas and want to share them with you:

Gumdrop Turkeys:

Like I mentioned in my earlier post, these are great for preschool kids, an elementary school class, or just a fun activity for the kids on Thanksgiving while dinner is cooking. For the full post, go here.

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A Thankful Tree:

Make a tree and let all of your guests write things they are thankful for just before dinner. Fill the branches with the bounty of blessings you have in your life! For details on how I made this one, go here.

Thanksgiving Craft - DIY Thankful Tree


DIY Placemats:

Keep those little ones busy with this fun craft! They can make one just for themselves or for everyone at the dinner table! For the supplies and more details, go here.

DIY Thanksgiving Placemats

Fall Leaf Wreaths:

My friend Heather did these with her preschool. After a nature walk, they each glued their found leaves to a simple paper plate. I want to make one with my daughter so bad so we can hang in in our home!

Leaf Wreaths

Paper Bag Turkeys:

Using a paper bag and some construction paper, kids can write or draw what they are thankful for on each feather. Simple and super cute! Click here for more details on a full Thanksgiving party for kids. 

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All Things Heart & Home: Pinecone Owls

Pinecone Owl - All things heart and home

Need supplies?

Assorted Dyed Feathers for Crafts

Natural Red Pine Cones

10 – 3.25″ x 2.75 Clay Pots

Little Red Window: Apple Felt Board

Apple Felt Board - Little Red Window


All Things Heart & Home: Pinecone Owls

Pinecone Turkeys

Need some craft foam sheets? Assorted Foam Sheets 12-Inch by 18-Inch

2littlesuperheros:Turkey Hunt

Brown Bag Turkey Hunt - Two Little Super Heros

Lovebugs & Postcards: Leaf Candle Jars

Fall Leaf Votive Holders - Lovebugs & Postcards

These Thanksgiving crafts for kids are simple, inexpensive and will provide an afternoon of fun crafting! Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids – Placemats

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids - DIY Placemats

This year I’ve been doing some fun Thanksgiving crafts for kids with my nieces and nephews. These placemats would also be perfect for a preschool or elementary school classroom project. As I mentioned in my Gumdrop Turkeys post a few days ago, we put one of them at each place setting on Thanksgiving. I thought it would be a lot of fun for the kids to also make a placemat for each person as well. This will give them something helpful and fun to do on Thanksgiving while dinner is being prepared!

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids – Placemats:

Supplies needed:
– Kraft Paper (Buy Natural Kraft Roll; 36″ x 100 Ft here)
– Glue Sticks (Buy Elmer’s Glue Sticks here)
– Paper Leaves (You could use this EK Tools Large Maple Leaf Paper Punch to punch out your own if you don’t own a Silhouette or Cricut cutting system)
– Markers and/or Crayons (Crayola Washable Markers or Crayola 64 Ct Crayons)

Thanksgiving Placemats Craft

I cut the roll of Kraft paper into placemat size rectangles (about 12″ x 18″) and set out an assortment of cut out leaves (I used my Silhouette Cameo cutter to make mine – if you don’t have one and you love to craft – be sure to add it to your Christmas list!). Then the kids wrote their names in the center, glued the leaves around the border and drew anything else they wanted with the crayons! Thanksgiving Leaf Placemat Craft   DIY Thanksgiving Placemat Craft

They loved doing it and were so excited, they wanted to use them for dinner that night! So they did. We can make more, luckily Thanksgiving is still a few days away. 🙂DIY Thanksgiving Placemats


For more fun ideas – check out the round up of Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids.

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids – Gumdrop Turkeys

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Each year for Thanksgiving I try to come up with some fun Thanksgiving crafts for the kids while dinner is being prepared. I love to have them in the kitchen to help prepare the food, but it is also nice to have a few additional activities for them to get involved in. These Gumdrop Turkeys have become a tradition over the last 5 years and the kids LOVE making them (and eating them along the way). We have an older child (like 12 or 13) supervise the younger ones while they make these for each place setting at the Thanksgiving dinner table. They love that they are helping out and have a lot of fun personalizing the turkey for each family member. Once we sit down they love to point out which ones they made at the table! It has become a tradition that I hope lasts for decades to come! Here’s how to make them:

Gumdrop Turkey Supplies:
– Large & Small Gumdrops (sold separately)
– Toothpicks
Gumdrop Turkey Supplies

Step 1:
Take 3 full length toothpicks and insert them on an angle into 3 small gumdrops

Gumdrop Turkeys - step 1

Step 2:
Insert the full length toothpicks in a tripod pattern into the bottom of a large gumdrop (this will be the body). Then add a 1/2 length toothpick for the head.

Gumdrop Turkeys - step 2

Step 3:
Add a small gumdrop to the 1/2 length toothpick to make the Turkey head. Then push four small gumdrops onto four 1/2 length toothpicks to make the feathers.

Gumdrop Turkeys - Step 3

Step 4:
Push the four feathers into the back of the Turkey body to make the feathers.  Gumdrop Turkeys - Thanksgiving Craft for Kids

Aren’t they cute?!! Whether for a school class craft or as a Thanksgiving Day activity for the little ones while dinner is being prepared – these Gumdrop Turkeys are so fun, easy and inexpensive to make! I’ll be sharing more fun Thanksgiving Crafts for kids as well as other holiday and party ideas on my website in the coming weeks, so please stop over and check them out!

Gumdrop Turkey - Thanksgiving Craft

*This post was originally published on Mom It Forward on Friday, November 1st.

Thankful Tree – Thanksgiving Craft

Thanksgiving Craft - DIY Thankful Tree

For the month of November, each day leading up to Thanksgiving we are going to write something we are thankful for on a leaf and add it to our Thankful Tree. My daughter, Lucy, is two years old and is just learning how to pray. She always gives thanks for the most simple things (ie. her trampoline, Snow White, suckers). She helps us so much to focus on the simple, yet abundant blessings we have in our lives. When I asked her what we should write on each leaf, she listed those things that matter to her: Mom & Dad, Grandma & Grandpa, her friends Hannah, Taylor and Sue and her trampoline. I love seeing the world through her eyes.

Thankful Tree - Thanksgiving Craft

Thankful Tree Craft: 

To make our Thankful Tree I turned on my Silhouette Cameo (really, if you love to craft, this should be on your Christmas list if you don’t already have one) and found a bare tree image. Because I wanted it to be poster size, I sized the image 3x the size of a normal 12 x 12 paper and cut the tree in three sections. If you look closely you can tell where the patterns don’t match up. Then I used patterned scrapbooking paper (from Close To My Heart) to cut out several leaf shapes. I tucked the leaves in a small paper envelope and added that to the poster.

Thankful Tree Leaves

Now we are all ready to hang it in the kitchen on November 1st and because it is mounted on a poster board we can move it if we need to. I’ve also considered laminating it so it can be used year after year.

Thanksgiving Craft - Thankful Tree

Do you want to have a thankful tree with your family but don’t want to make the tree – here is a great one you can purchase for less than $8.00! Thankful Tree with Stickers

Or if you are just looking for some leaves: here are Paper Fall Oak Leaves – 10/Pkg.

I’ll be sharing more Thanksgiving crafts and ideas in the coming weeks, so be sure to come back for more holiday fun!

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