Thanksgiving Crafts for 2 Year Olds

Thanksgiving Crafts for 2 Year Olds

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Tara Jones

Tara Jones is a renowned Child Development Professional with over 10 years of experience. Holding a Bachelor's degree in Child Psychology, Tara has made significant contributions as an early childhood educator and a respected writer in the field. She is known for her innovative teaching methods and has been instrumental in integrating play-based learning into child development practices. Tara's workshops and publications are highly sought after for their practical insights and evidence-based approach. As a recognized authority on child development, her work continues to shape educational practices and support healthy child growth.

Key points

  • Create a timeless Handprint Turkey craft using non-toxic paint on plain paper, a memorable keepsake.
  • Explore autumn colors and textures by making a Colorful Leaf Wreath with a paper plate, real or artificial leaves, and glue.
  • Craft Pine Cone Turkeys by gluing feathers and googly eyes onto pine cones, incorporating nature into Thanksgiving crafts.
  • Teach gratitude with a Thankful Tree using construction paper leaves on a tree branch in a vase.
  • Engage in the unique and sensory-filled Corn Cob Painting using dried corn cobs, non-toxic paint, and large paper sheets.

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Handprint Turkey: A Timeless Thanksgiving Craft

Colorful Leaf Wreath: Exploring Autumn Colors

Pine Cone Turkeys: Nature-Inspired Craft

Thankful Tree: Teaching Gratitude

Corn Cob Painting: Fun with Textures

Further Readings

 

Thanksgiving is the perfect time for family fun, especially with little ones around. For parents with 2-year-olds, finding simple and engaging crafts is a great way to celebrate the holiday. In this article, we'll explore some easy Thanksgiving craft ideas that are perfect for toddlers. These activities are not only fun but also help in developing their creativity and motor skills.

 

Handprint Turkey: A Timeless Thanksgiving Craft

The handprint turkey is a classic craft that's perfect for toddlers. It's simple, fun, and creates a memorable keepsake.

Materials Needed

  • Non-toxic paint
  • Plain paper
  • A small brush or sponge

Guide your toddler to dip their hand in paint and press it onto the paper. The fingers become the turkey's feathers! You can then add details like eyes and a beak. This craft is not only fun but also a great way to remember how small your child's hand once was. For more ideas, check out Crafty Morning.

 

Colorful Leaf Wreath: Exploring Autumn Colors

Creating a leaf wreath is a fantastic way for toddlers to explore colors and textures.

Materials Needed

  • Paper plate
  • Real or artificial leaves
  • Glue
  • Ribbon for hanging

Cut the center out of a paper plate to form a wreath base. Let your child glue leaves around the plate. Once dry, tie a ribbon for hanging. This activity is inspired by the creative ideas on The Resourceful Mama.

 

Pine Cone Turkeys: Nature-Inspired Craft

Pine cone turkeys bring a bit of nature into your Thanksgiving crafts.

Materials Needed

  • Pine cones
  • Felt or colored paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue

Help your child glue cut-out feathers and googly eyes onto a pine cone to create a turkey. This craft is great for developing fine motor skills. For more nature-inspired crafts, visit Fireflies and Mud Pies.

 

Thankful Tree: Teaching Gratitude

A Thankful Tree is a meaningful craft that teaches toddlers about gratitude.

Materials Needed

  • Construction paper
  • Tree branch
  • Vase or jar
  • Glue or tape

Cut out leaf shapes from paper and write things your child is thankful for on each leaf. Attach the leaves to a branch placed in a vase. This craft idea is influenced by the activities on Busy Toddler.

 

Corn Cob Painting: Fun with Textures

Corn cob painting is a unique and sensory-filled craft.

Materials Needed

  • Dried corn cobs
  • Non-toxic paint
  • Large paper sheets

Roll corn cobs in paint and then across the paper to create colorful patterns. This activity is not only fun but also a great sensory experience for toddlers. For more sensory activities, Hands On As We Grow offers a variety of ideas.

 

Further Readings

For parents looking to dive deeper into toddler crafts and activities, "The Toddler's Busy Book" by Trish Kuffner provides a huge number of creative ideas.

 

Additionally, "150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids" by Asia Citro provides numerous options for imaginative and educational play. These resources are perfect for keeping your little ones engaged and learning through play.

Remember, crafting with your toddler is not just about the end product, but about the fun, learning, and memories made along the way. Happy crafting this Thanksgiving!

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