Thanksgiving is just around the corner! This is a great time to work on fine motor and communication skills while doing some fun Thanksgiving kids crafts!
Kids crafts as learning activities
I love the idea of engaging children with special needs in art projects and crafts. There is so much learning potential in these kinds of activities. In addition to learning goals, there is a lot of family fun to be had in these types of activities. You can also give these projects as gifts to grandparents and teachers at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Everyone loves a homemade gift! I am always absolutely thrilled to get homemade gifts from my little learners.
My favorite Thanksgiving kids crafts
I have selected 6 of my favorite Thanksgiving crafts for you today. Choose one or do them all!
The cutting and gluing in this activity help to build fine motor precision.
You can also work on new vocabulary : apple, red, green, cut, scissors, glue.
This activity will also build your little one’s fine motor strength and precision. Creating loops with a ribbon is quite difficult so this would be an activity to do with a learner who has a stronger set of fine motor skills. Otherwise, you will need to guide this part of the activity.
Build new vocabulary : ribbon, turkey, orange, pink, green, brown, triangle, yarn.
This activity is adorable! The activity itself allows you to work on scissor, gluing and fine motor skills.
For a learner with more advanced communication and verbal skills, you could talk about scarecrows, what they represent and what their job is in a field!
Build new vocabulary : scarecrow, crow, hat, yellow, black, yarn, hair, scissors, glue, eyes, triangle, nose.
This is the sweetest hedgehog craft! I love everything about it. As many of you know, my husband and I run a cooking blog together called A Hedgehog in the Kitchen and we just absolutely love the teeny tiny creatures! We develop our own recipes and share them on the blog! We would love for you to check it out.
To prepare this craft, bring your little learner on a Fall nature walk. Pick up leaves as you go! Bring them home and work on fine motor skills by drawing your hedgehogs, cutting them out and gluing the leaves to the hedgehog’s bodies. Draw a sweet little nose.
Grow your child’s vocabulary : Fall, leaves, hedgehog, brown, nose, eyes, mouth, smile, orange.
Your family’s Thanksgiving would not be complete without mini turkeys. This is one of the Thanksgiving kids crafts featured here that you can do right away because you probably already have all of the materials you need at home.
You will have a chance to engage your child in some serious sensory fun with this activity between the painting and the gluing.
You will also build fine motor skills through cutting, pasting and drawing.
If your child has a high enough level of communication, trying putting on a little skit using your turkeys. If you don’t have a mini stage at home already, check out these DIY Finger Puppet Stages for ideas.
This little Native American Headdress is perfect for Thanksgiving and beyond! Once Thanksgiving is over, it will remain a treasured part of your child’s dress up clothing and accessories.
Work on role play and dramatic play with this Thanksgiving kids craft.
Build fine motor skills with this activity as well by cutting out paper feathers. Work on fine motor precision with your child by having him or her create the slanted dash cuts in the paper feathers.
Increase your child’s vocabulary by working on the following words : red, orange, yellow, brown, headdress, Native American.
Which one of these Thanksgiving kids crafts is your favorite? Have you created a Thanksgiving kids craft? If yes, please share it in the comments with a link back to your site!
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