Whether your Thanksgiving gathering is big or small this year, we have a great activity that’s both fun for the kids, and sure to add some style to your table. Today, we’ll be making our own Thanksgiving placemats. This is a great way to keep the kids ready while preparing dinner, and something that can be used as décor for the years to come.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Large white craft paper
- Red, orange, and yellow paint
- Brown and yellow cardstock paper
- Clear contact paper
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First up is a classic turkey placemat. Start by tracing the shape of the turkey feathers onto white craft paper and cutting them out. Using your paint, make handprints all over the paper in varying colors. While waiting for the paint to dry, cut out your turkey shapes from the brown cardstock paper. Use glue to secure the turkey’s face to its body, and the turkey to the feathers. Take your contact paper to cover both sides of the turkey and cut out along the shape of the feathers.
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Next up is a printable placemat that will remind the kids what Thanksgiving is all about. Have them sit around the table and discuss the things that they’re thankful for. Once they’ve thought of something, they can write it onto the placemat. Then, have them color the rest of the placemat to make it their own. Click here to print.
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Finally, we’ll be using a classic fall design on these paper mosaic placemats. Start by cutting leaves out of construction paper. Make sure you keep your scrap paper handy! Glue the leaves down in the middle of another piece of construction paper. Cut up the scrap paper into small, irregular-shaped pieces. We recommend using a combo of different colors. Place glue on the negative space of the placemat, and then fill the glue space with the scrap paper.
Total time: 45 minutes
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