Thanksgiving is just over a week away so I wanted to squeeze in one more Thanksgiving themed craft before it’s too late! Plus, November 15 is America Recycles Day so I didn’t want that day to pass without some recognition as well. Each week I bring you a kids craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. This week’s craft recycles those baby food jars many of you have in abundance! Don’t have a baby food jar, use a yogurt or butter container! If you have missed past Kids Frugal Fun crafts, be sure to check them all out!
Thanksgiving Place Cards
Baby Food Jars (or you can use yogurt containers)
Leftover Halloween Candy
Glue or Glue Gun
Pipe Cleaner or Popsickle Stick
1. Wash, dry, and remove the label from the baby food car or container you are using.
2. Cut out “feathers” from construction paper and glue them to the the back of the container.
3. Cut out a turkey face and wattle. Glue onto the front of container and add eyes.
4. Fill container with left over Halloween candy.
5. Cut a small rectangle from the construction paper and write either a person’s name, funny quote, or inspirational saying on it.
6. Glue the place card to a pipe cleaner or popsickle stick and put it in the container. The candy will hold it into place.
*Don’t forget to save the container’s lid and be sure to cover up the candy until Thanksgiving!
- Fine Motor Skills: Have your child cut out the shapes or rip up the paper to help with this craft. Also having them drop the candy in the jar can help with these skills as well.
- Math: Use the candy as manipulatives to have your child estimate and count the pieces in the jars/containers. You can also create math problems with the candy using additon, subtraction, and sorting.
- Lanuage Arts: Your child can either dictate to you what to write on the cards or if they are able, they can write the names, sayings, or quotes themselves. Will came up with our “Gobble, Gobble” himself but obviously I wrote it). Having your child list the attendees to your dinner or dishes served can help with their brainstorming skills. Remember that younger children can draw illustrate their thoughts, quotes, etc with pictures!
If you are looking for inspirational quotes, you can check out these resources:
OR better yet:
Add Scripture verses to your place settings such as:
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NAS) in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus
Psalm 69:30 (NAS) I will praise the name of God with song, And shall magnify Him with thanksgiving
Colossians 3:15 (NAS) And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.