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Looking for a Thanksgiving craft to do with your kids this week? Whether or not you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner, making place cards for the holiday meal is a great activity for kids of all ages. Not only do children love painting and decorating, but they get to design a special setting for the special people in their lives. It's a great way for kids to participate in the holiday preparation.
The best thing about the template is that it's completely customizable. Using this free printable, you can have your toddler making fingerprint turkeys or your older children painting more elaborate turkeys.
You can be as creative as you like! You could have your children glue on skittles in the shape of a turkey - or you could even skip the turkey design altogether and have your child practice writing their letters. The possibilities are truly endless, as the place card template has lots of open space for creativity. There are even dotted lines for you or your child to cut out the place settings :)
First, I printed the template on card stock. There are four per page, and remember that it's always good to have a few extra. My toddler smeared paint across quite a few of them before we even started :)
Next, I had my toddler paint the turkeys on. You can have your child make finger prints or use q-tips. I love using q-tips (rather than paintbrushes) for toddler painting. It's more controlled, easy for kids to use, and quick to clean up!
After they dried, I drew on the eyes, beak, and feet with a sharpie. Then you (or your child) can cut them out. The dotted lines make it easy :)
After folding, your place cards are ready!
If you have a little one and are doing fingerprints rather than painting or q-tips, your place cards might look more like this (see picture below)... a little sloppier but still adorable :)
For extension ideas, you can also have your child decorate the inside or back of the place card - through coloring, through choosing stickers for each person, or through writing a note.
What are your favorite Thanksgiving crafts to do with your little ones?! I would love to hear :)
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