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A “non-turkey” Thanksgiving art activity is to create a Thanksgiving Tree.

To make a tree for your classroom, put up a large tree trunk with branches somewhere in your classroom.  Have each child trace their hand on a Fall coloured sheet of construction paper.  Once the students have cut their hands out, have them write their name and one thing that they are thankful for.  These handprints are your leaves for your tree.  You could also give each child their own individual tree and have them draw and colour their own leaves on and then write what they are thankful for on each leaf.


A few people have requested art ideas for Thanksgiving that are not turkeys.  Below are three example of  activities.

One idea we use is to tie in healthy food to Thanksgiving.  Usually, there is alot of focus on family dinners at this time of year.  We collect grocery store flyers, and have children cut out pictures of healthy foods they would like to eat at Thanksgiving.  We then have the children use these pictures to glue to a large piece of paper.  Once it is dry, we either mac-tac it, or laminate it (depending on available resources) and send it home as their placemat for Thanksgiving dinner.

Another idea for Kindergarten (one you could use in any primary grade) is to have pumpkin seeds in your art centre.  The children can create pictures with these, or for older students, you could have pre-made pictures they can glue the seeds to.  To make the seeds more interesting, you can colour them with food colouring.

Finally, you could have dried leaves in your art centre.  The children can do leaf-rubbings to create beautiful Fall pictures.  These can also be laminated to send home as placemats.