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Preschool Thanksgiving Crafts

Preschool Thanksgiving turkey tissue paper craft

Johnny brought home this cute tissue paper Thanksgiving turkey craft from preschool this week. He actually made five different turkey crafts, and this was my favorite. I love the googley eye; I think it’s the perfect touch. As expected, my little minimalist kept the actual decorations very simple, but a different child could make quite a colorful turkey! If we have time, I’ll try a mosaic version with the kids using small squares of construction paper.

Preschool Thankful Pie Thanksgiving craft

This Thankful Pie was another of Johnny’s preschool crafts. It even had cinnamon sprinkled over the glitter glue, so that it was scented! You were supposed to write on the back what you were thankful for. Johnny apparently said he was thankful for pie!

Making butter as a preschool Thanksgiving craft

Lily made butter at our library craft time this week, in honor of Thanksgiving! She was very excited to shake the cream – for about thirty seconds, and then for brief interludes between watching me do the bulk of the work. Lesson learned from this activity: fill the container no more than 1/3 of the way full, and your butter will emerge much more quickly! I’ve also heard that marbles help, but we didn’t have one on hand to try.

Butter made as a preschool Thanksgiving craft

I find it pretty magical to see the creamy-colored cream separate into yellow butter and white milk. It’s a fast transformation – one minute you’re shaking whipped cream, and then suddenly your shaking a ball of butter in milk! It brought back memories of the many times my mom gave me the task of whipping the cream and I started the stand mixer, got distracted, and came back to butter!

Lily thought it was pretty cool that she could drink the milk. We enjoyed eating Lily’s butter, and it’s an activity I plan to repeat with all three kids.

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

13 thoughts on “Preschool Thanksgiving Crafts”

  1. Hello!!I love this creative ideas of thanksgiving crafts.It is a fun part of Thanksgiving celebration…
    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  2. That tissue paper turkey is so cute. Abby would have that thing filled with tissue, but I know my nephew’s would be like Johnny’s. LOL!

  3. Love the turkey – and I still want to do homemade butter one day. Great crafts to welcome Thanksgiving!

  4. Great crafts! The minimalist turkey has a special appeal.

    I didn’t realise you could make butter by shaking… though I guess it must take longer than 30 seconds. :)

    1. I think a little bit in one jar took about 15 minutes – with breaks of Lily holding it. It might be faster with a marble added in to increase friction.

  5. We were just talking about little thanksgiving crafts we could do. For sure we are doing handprint turkeys. I think the tissue paper turkey is awesome, I used to have so much fun doing that at school! I remember doing a Christmas wreath. The butter, we HAVE to try that! The Eric Carle book Pancakes Pancakes talks about churning butter and Ingrid doesn’t understand what I’m talking about when I try to explain :)

    1. Ingrid will love the butter! Just don’t try to make too much at once, and expect to shake the jar for a while!

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