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Adorable Thanksgiving Place Cards Kids Can Make

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.

Thanksgiving Place Cards for Kids to Make

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.

Thanksgiving Place Cards that Kids Can Make

With this thanksgiving place card template, you can be as creative as you like: you could have your kids use fingerprints for the turkey feathers or they could glue on skittles or feathers in the shape of a turkey. 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 πŸ™‚

Thanksgiving Place Cards Materials

Thanksgiving Place Cards Kids Can Make with free printable
  • Free Thanksgiving place card printable – see above
  • Card stock
  • Kids paints
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie
  • Any other decorating materials (stickers, crayons, markers for decorating the back or inside)


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 πŸ™‚

Next, I had my toddler paint the turkeys on. You can have your child make fingerprints 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 πŸ™‚

After folding, the thanksgiving place cards that the kids made are ready!

Thanksgiving placecards printable

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 πŸ™‚

Thanksgiving Place Cards Kids Can Make

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.


  1. These are adorable. What a fun craft for little ones. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK but I guess this idea could be adapted for any event, maybe finger print robins for the Christmas table, or chicks at Easter. Thanks for stopping by at Handmade Monday to share πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks so much Julie! I love the idea of doing chicks for Easter. Have a great week:)

  2. Such a cute craft! I also love the q-tip paintbrush suggestion. πŸ™‚ #MMBC x

    1. Thanks so much! Yes the q-tips are sometimes easier for the little ones:)

  3. Great idea to get the kids involved in the Thanksgiving prep and to keep them out of the busy kitchen! Visiting from Cooking and Crafting with JJ.

    1. Thanks Victoria! Yes and it’s a cute keepsake for family:)

  4. So cute!! It was years since my son made a turkey hand print…. good memories.

    1. Thanks Carrie! πŸ™‚

  5. These are so sweet and really simple to make. My little girl would have so much fun making these. #TriumphantTales

    1. Thanks Karen! This is a simple one:)

    1. Yay! Glad you like it πŸ™‚ Have a great week!

    1. Thanks so much!! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Jess – will do πŸ™‚

  6. Rabbit Ideas says:

    Great idea- love the fingerprints! #fortheloveofBLOG

  7. Jann Olson says:

    These are sweet! Thanks for sharing them with SYC.

    1. Thanks Jann! Glad you like them:)

  8. So cute! We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Portugal and I still think my kids will love to make these. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

    1. Awww thanks Teresa! Have a lovely week!

  9. so sweet! I love always enjoyed having my children help with the preparing for guests as we get close to the Thanksgiving weekend. We had a houseful of people for many years and it was always a highlight of our year.
    Thanks so much for sharing this week at our Hearts & Home Blog Hop! Thanksgiving Blessings to you and your family.

    1. Thanks Linda! Aww your Thanksgivings sound so special. We hope to do the same! Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

    1. Thanks Roseann – they are easy and fun to make:)

  10. These are darling! And what a nice way to involve the children in the thanksgiving preparation!

    1. Thanks Vicky! We enjoyed making them:)

  11. Oh my gosh, I did this but on stationery when I was in grade school! (When dinosaurs roamed the Earth) So cute and thanks for the memories! Found you through DIY Daddy.

    1. Hahah!! So funny:) have a great week!

  12. Personal touches make holidays so much more special, and these are just so adorable. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

    1. Totally agree! Have a lovely week:)

  13. Love this idea! Thanks for contributing to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link party this week! Be sure to follow us and we’d love to see you next week!

    1. Thanks so much! Have a great week!

    1. You’re welcome Miriam! Glad you like them:)

  14. Sweet! These place cards are adorable. Great craft for the kids to make while dinner is being prepared. I’m Pinning this one. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.

    1. Thanks Rhonda! Have a wonderful week:)

  15. These are utterly adorable! It’s so nice to get the children helping & creating when you talk about being thankful. Thanks for linking up to the#bigpinklink this week.

    1. Thanks Louise! I agree wholeheartedly πŸ™‚

  16. This is such a perfect idea to do with little ones. Really cute and personal. Nicely done.

    1. Thanks Leanna! Our family members loved getting them too:)

  17. These are really lovely! I wish we had Thanksgiving here in the UK! Thanks for joining in at #TriumphantTales. Be sure to come back Tuesday! X

    1. Thanks Jaki! When I lived in Ireland, I tried to host American thanksgiving… couldn’t find pumpkin anywhere and wasn’t sure how to cook a turkey. It was a mess but has made for a good laugh years later!

  18. What a gorgeous idea. We are in the UK so don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but this would be a lovely idea for the Christmas table! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Thanks Lisa! Have a great week:)

  19. These are so cute and I love that kids can make them

    1. Thanks Amber! They were a fun memento for family members too:)

    1. Awww thanks so much Florence:)

  20. Oh, these are just so cute!! What a lovely little keepsake also! I bet the kiddies will have so much fun making these!

    Thank you so much for sharing your fun project with us over at Waste Not Wednesday!

    1. Thanks so much Sam:) yes my family loves keepsakes!

  21. These are super cute!
    Stopping by from #Alittlebitofeverything link up.

  22. These are so cute and a great idea. We’ve got lots of family coming over for Christmas dinner this year, my girls would love to make these. Thank you for joining us at #sharingthebloglove

    1. Aww sounds perfect, Laura! Have a great week:)

  23. The Mummy Bubble says:

    These are so cute, I love the bright colours! A great way to get kids involved #fortheloveofBLOG

  24. What a cute little craft idea! So easy for little ones, and I love the personalisation – I think people would be so touched by these! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    1. Thanks Katy! Have a great week:)

  25. These are fun ideas and happy your share on Oh My Heartsie Girls WW last week. Now they will be featured this week. Hope you will join us and linkup again.
    Have a great week!

    1. Thanks SO much for the feature, Karren:)

  26. Such gorgeous cards. We must start on ours at home or before I know it it will be christmas on my doorstep and I wont be prepared at all. Your post has now pointed me in the right direction!
    Thank you so much for linking up to #KCACOLS hope you come back next week.

    1. I know what you mean about time flying! πŸ™‚ have a great week!

  27. Oh that’s so cute and a wonderful project to do with with your kids! Thank you for the inspiring post.

    1. You’re welcome, Rebecca. Adults love the keepsake:)

    1. Yes – we love simple crafts:)

  28. Cassie Parish says:

    Awww love these. So cute and fab. Love crafts that involve a personal touch from the kiddies too.

    Thanks for linking up to #KCACOLS

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