As we move through the fall season, there are so many opportunities to spend time with family…and so many chances to eat a ton a yummy comfort food. For me, it may be a tie between the family time and the good food that makes Thanksgiving so amazing! These pilgrim crafts for kids are a great way to get the children involved in preparing for having family over as they can be used for a decoration for your holiday feast. They will be so proud of what they have made and will love sharing their creations with your guests.
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- 6 Large popsicle sticks
- Peach/tan paint
- Medium pompom
- Elmer’s glue
- Sheet of black construction paper
- 2 sheets of white construction paper
- Scraps of blue, yellow and brown construction paper
- Glue stick
- Black sharpie marker
- 4 googly eyes
Let me take this opportunity to invite you to learn about a new way to craft with your kids. I believe that it is so important for families to spend time creating together, and I want to make that actually do-able in this hectic life. So, every craft you find on this blog is made from the same finite list of craft supplies. That way you can prepare your bag one time and be ready any time you find a little crack in the day. Just pick a project and off you go. You will not find yourself missing an “ingredient” and clean up is easy because it all just goes right back in the bag when you are done. Find the list HERE.
- To build the foundation for your Pilgrim crafts for kids, glue together 3 popsicle sticks into a triangle shape using the Elmer’s glue
- Repeat this for a second triangle
- Allow the glue to dry completely. Now you have the foundation of your Thanksgiving craft all ready to go. Time to make those pilgrims!
- *This is a great thing to do in advance. As a matter of fact, prepare several triangle frames and keep them in your craft bag for future projects
- Pinch the pompom with the clothespin to form a “paint brush”
- Place the triangle frames on the newspaper
- Squeeze some skin-toned colored paint on the newspaper and paint the frames. You may need to mix some paints together to get just the color that you want. Choose any skin tone that you want to make your pilgrims.
- Also paint one of the pieces of white construction paper with a very light coat of paint
- Give the paint some time to dry completely.
- Trace each of the triangle frames on the painted frame
- Draw a triangle approximately 1/4″ inside the border
- Cut out the triangles and glue them onto the back of the popsicle stick frames
*If your frames are taking a little while to dry, you can skip to step 4 and work on tracing and cutting out the pieces while everything dries. Then go back and put the triangle together and add the details. That way there is no waiting because no kiddo I know is good at waiting (or most adults for that matter).
- Now to get down to cutting out all of the parts for your Pilgrim arts and crafts. To do that, print out the free templates for the details of the pilgrims to use as templates OR draw the pieces that you see free-hand in order to make your Thanksgiving craft for kids
- Trace the pieces onto the construction paper on the appropriate colors and cut them out
- Add details to each piece
- Use the glue stick to adhere the details to the pilgrim
- Glue the googly eyes in place for each character
- Draw on the face details with the black sharpie marker
These simple Thanksgiving crafts for kids are great for keeping the kids busy while the grown ups are working on the feast.
And during this time of gratitude, take the opportunity to let your kids know that they are cherished. Here are some ideas for ways to say “good job”…