Whether you're a parent or not, and whether you're hosting or not, taking care of the kids at your Thanksgiving gathering can go a long way in making everyone happy. Having some crafts around for kids to work on is a perfect way to keep them constructively occupied while feast preparations (and adult conversations) are underway.
Bright colors and bouncy turkey legs make the turkey crown from Parents pictured above extra fun. Kids can make them before the meal is served, use them to decorate the table, and then wear them for the feast—and for a fantastic photo opp.
These plump, soft owls featured on Martha Stewart are sweet enough to display at home even after Thanksgiving is over. Suitable for older children as well as adult-assisted younger ones, these feathered friends will make any table welcoming. Factory Direct Craft has the how-to.
Melanie of It Happens in a Blink shows how to make these cute, cutlery-holding turkeys. Gobble, gobble!
This thankfulness tree is a great craft for kids because of the many steps (that can be) involved: collecting branches, cutting out leaves, writing down what they are thankful for, asking other guests to do the same, and hanging the leaves on the branches. In progress and in the end, the craft is a beautiful centerpiece for the table. Instructions are on HGTV.
In a grown-up, modern art take on the thankfulness tree concept, older children can write what they're thankful for in the shape of a bare tree and color the ensuing shapes. Artsonia displays this one and others done by fourth graders.
This pretty, festive tree from inner child fun is made from the paper bags you might have left over from Thanksgiving grocery shopping. If you don't mind the kids getting a little messy with watercolor paint and glue, these trees look sweet and seasonal for the kids' table.
We love these rustic, variegated pumpkins from that artist woman. Leave ample time for painting and drying, and use these as centerpieces on kids' and grownups' tables alike.