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10 Adorable Handprint Thanksgiving Crafts

by Rebecca Eanes

Kids love using their hands to make arts and crafts. Handprint crafts are a fun way to strengthen motor skills, exercise creativity, develop confidence, and gain independence. Plus, they’re awesome for documenting your child’s growth and preserving precious memories. No wonder handprint crafts are so popular!

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With Thanksgiving coming up, now is the perfect time for handprint crafts. Handprint turkeys are probably the first thing you thought of! There are so many different ways to make handprint turkeys and loads of other cute Thanksgiving crafts you can make with hand and fingerprints. Here is a roundup of 10 adorable handprint crafts you can do with your little one this season.

  1. Turkey with poem by The Best Ideas for Kids. For this craft, you’ll need brown cardstock, scissors, feathers, a googly eye, glue, orange and red construction paper. It’s a simple craft your toddler will love and, because it’s a card, it makes a great little gift for family members you’ll see at Thanksgiving.
  2. Turkey for the whole family (or multiple kids) by Mama Smiles. I love this one because you can make it a family affair or a classroom project because it uses multiple handprints to make the turkey’s feathers. Materials needed include construction paper in different colors, scissors, pencil, googly eyes, and a glue stick. 
  3. Candy corn turkey by Frogs, Snails, and Puppy Dog Tails. This is a really cute craft for the super little kids. It’s extremely simple as your child just traces their hand, colors it in, and uses candy corn for the feathers. Easy and tasty!
  4. Painted handprint turkey with a cute poem. Here’s a break from the construction paper! To make this little turkey, your child will paint their hand and press it down onto a plain white sheet of paper. You’ll just need a few different colors of paint for those colorful feather fingers! The poem is just adorable as well, so it will make a great treat for friends and family.
  5. Fall tree and turkey keepsake from Fun Handprint Art Blog. Love how this one is a turkey and a fall tree in one craft, and the fingerprint leaves are so fun for little ones. Perfect if you have two kids. You'll need: kid-friendly paint, construction paper, paintbrush, scissors, pencil, and a black marker.
  6. Gratitude handprint tree by Crafts by Amanda. It’s always good to practice gratitude! This sweet craft uses handprints as the tree’s leaves, and your kiddos can write down what they’re thankful for on their hand print. All you need is construction paper, scissors, and a marker!
  7. Handprint wood slice pumpkins by Crafty Morning. Fun craft and cute seasonal decor for the win! You can find wood slices at arts and crafts stores like Hobby Lobby or Michaels. Simply paint them orange and dip your child’s hands in white acrylic paint. These will be a precious addition to your holiday decor for years to come.
  8. Fall handprint wreath from Regarding Motherhood. Using paper plates, fake fall leaves, construction paper in fall colors, scissors, ribbon, and glue, you can create a fantastic fall wreath with your child’s handprints. Make it Thanksgiving themed by having your child write something they’re thankful for on each print.
  9. Handprint Mayflowers by Fun a Day. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln appointed a day of thanksgiving as the last Thursday in November, which he may have correlated it with the November 21, 1621, anchoring of the Mayflower at Cape Cod. This is the perfect craft to go with a little history lesson. You’ll need construction paper and brown paint. Simple and cute!
  10. Turkey headband craft by Simply Today Life. This one is great for toddlers and preschoolers. It’s fun to make and wear! If you’ve got construction paper, googly eyes, glue, and scissors, you’re all set to make this darling little craft today!
Rebecca Eanes is the bestselling author of multiple books including Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, The Positive Parenting Workbook, and The Gift of a Happy Mother. She is the grateful mom of two boys. 


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