Thanksgiving: Giving Thanks While Taking Part In a Toddler Friendly Craft

Thanksgiving Hand Cut Out Turkey

For Thanksgiving as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias®  I made a toddler friendly craft to take to our annual family celebration.

In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated October 14, a whole month-and-a-half earlier than our southern neighbours. Thanksgiving for a Canadian, or at least for a Montrealer, signifies the changing of the seasons which can be seen through our amazing fall foliage. Gone are the nice sunny days of summer and the chilly fall weather begins to prepare us for the frigid winter.

For me Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks to my wonderful family. I am lucky to have a big family and each year we get together at the same place we have since I can remember, my grandparents’ house. I grew up down the block from them, so Thanksgiving always reminds me of the precious memories I am thankful to have of my grandparents. 

Thanksgiving is a great holiday to integrate with the weekly crafting I do with my 2-year-old daughter, Ava. Being a toddler, makes it that crafting is not always the easiest thing for her, so the activity can’t be too complicated and needs to capture her attention. I chose to do the classic Hand Gobbler craft with her this week. It’s super easy to do if your toddler is willing.

Hand Gobbler


Thanks Giving Craft With Ava

• Construction paper (Bristol board for sturdier Gobblers)
• Small or Medium Googly Eyes
• Feathers
• Craft Glue
• Clothes Pins
• Scissors
• Pencil or Pen
• Ribbon if you would like to cover the pegs

I picked up the supplies at our local Michaels store and the cost was reasonable. This craft is self-explanatory and you can use the pictures I attached as a reference.  Be sure to remember that this Thanksgiving craft is supposed to be fun. If your child is not interested in one part of the craft then let him/her sit back and watch.  Ava was less than thrilled about the hand tracing, but loved attaching the features to the paper fingers.

ThanksGiving Craft With Ava

Ava loves birds, so she was excited with the finished gobbler. We will be taking the three Hand Gobblers to my grandparent’s house next week. Not only are the gobblers perfect to decorate the table with, but Ava will be contributing to the celebration in her own way.

ThanksGiving Craft With Ava

What does your family do for Thanksgiving? Do you have any special traditions?


  1. Heather says

    Greeting from Alberta!!
    Adorable craft!!
    We made turkey’s a couple if years ago with footprints and handprints.
    Hard to imagine them ever being that little!
    I can not wait for thanksgiving!!
    Bring on the turkey and all the trimmings?
    Time to dig out my fat pants :0)

  2. Helene Cohen Bludman says

    Always a fun activity to make these. I bet your daughter will be very proud of her contribution on Thanksgiving Day!

  3. Christie says

    Call me dumb! I was wondering why we were talking Thanksgiving already! :)

    My little girl LOVES tracing her hand…I thought they all did! But, love what you came up with! So, so cute and toddler friendly!

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Rhonda - YVSG says

    How precious! This is a great craft idea for the small kids at our family gathering to try. Love the Minnie Mouse shirt on your little one too. :)

  5. Victoria H (@funmom91) says

    That is adorable. I also learned something new too. I was thinking why is the post about Thanksgiving up and we haven’t even gotten to Halloween lol. It is nice learning about what takes place in different countries though.

  6. Melanie says

    Oh how cute… I’m impressed that your Toddler can help..LOVE it… and they would make great Table name carts for the Thanksgiving Table as well and I know my Grandparents would treasure these of the grandbabies… Thanks for sharing.. sucha cute idea

  7. Carmen says

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.. I love that we get together as a family.. My holiday tradition is making Thanksgiving in my home for my family.. We are a family of 6 soon to be 7 plus my dad, my best friend and her 2 younger children, plus her oldest daughter, her husband, and her daughter plus all the missionaries from my 17 year old daughters church that can be from 4 – 6 missionaries in my little 3 bedroom apart. its chaos but controlled chaos.. and I love it.. can’t wait for this year’s Thanksgiving..

  8. Nikki says

    OMG these are the cutest I have ever seen. What nice decorations to make for Thanksgiving. I cannot wait for it. I have to make those they are super cute. Your daughter is cute too :-)

  9. Amy Lynn Desrosiers says

    I think these are some of the cutest Thanksgiving Crafts ever! I really love them because they are easy and kid friendly!

  10. Allyson Bossie says

    What a cute idea! I love that it incorporates a handprint. I think I will do this for Thanksgiving along with the Foot print ghosts for Halloween!

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