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Fun & Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Toddlers
Grand-toddler and I had a lovely time this past week as we started our new adventure into Thanksgiving. He’s two, so it’s not his first Thanksgiving. But it’s definitely more understandable to him this year. Last year was when I first started thinking of doing fun and easy seasonal and Bible crafts and activities with him and it’s been so much fun! In fact, we did our first craft back then – using contact paper and a printable template of a turkey, coupled with feathers from Dollar Tree, to make a cute turkey, along with a couple of other easy Thanksgiving crafts for toddlers.
Our favorite activity last year was taking turns hiding that cute turkey all around the living room and kitchen and then the other would find it. So many giggles! And he still remembered doing that! We went looking for the turkey to play hide and seek with it again but I apparently put it away too carefully. SO we made a new one – which he LOVED doing! AND we had fun and giggles all over again, hiding the new turkey from each other, finding it, and running all around with it. (Great exercise for both of us!)
Of course, as I’m sure you can guess, we also enjoyed several other fun and easy Bible and Thanksgiving crafts which you’ll find below!
Bible Memory Verses Toddlers Preschoolers
I spent some time thinking about how to do our next three weekly craft projects and activities. Originally, I planned on just focusing on Thanksgiving. But after some prayerful time and thought, I decided to divide the primary focus between the Old Testament this week, the New Testament next week, and the Pilgrims the third week – with a lot of Thanksgiving overlap all three weeks. Then added an overall theme of GIVING THANKS TO GOD throughout!
Featured this week is David, along with one of his many Bible verses on giving thanks. Did you know this one is actually found twice in Psalms! As more than one of my favorite pastors have commented – when God repeats something, it must be extra important! This truth certainly is!
Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
His love endures forever!
Psalm 118:1 NIrV
Psalm 136:1 NIrV
This cute kid’s Bible characters clipart is from Edu-clips at Etsy. Doesn’t it make a nice illustration?
Songs for Toddlers
Bible Verse Songs for Toddlers
It’s easy to find Bible songs for toddlers about Bible characters. It’s more of a challenge to find Bible verse songs for toddlers. In this case, though it the verse works well with a kids’ basic tune – Frere Jacques.
To the Lord
For He is good – For He is good
His love endures
His love endures
Grand-toddler and I also enjoyed this David song that is an overview of David’s life by one of Little Bear’s favorites.
You can find that in my YouTube playlist, Fun Bible Activities for Kids, along with two other songs about being thankful.
There’s a cute rhyme for toddlers, with hand motions, at DLTK – God Made The Sun – just click here.
For older preschoolers, Steve Green wrote a song with this verse and more.
I did add it to my playlist for grand-toddler to listen to but the Frere Jacques version above is definitely easier for him and he is singing it with me which is great, so that’s the one we are focusing on for now.
This beautiful song sung by children is for a similar verse, Psalm 107:1. It makes lovely background music for your crafts and activities with your toddlers and preschoolers:
Another sweet song that also makes great background music of thanksgiving is from Integrity’s Power of Thanksgiving. “In Everything Give Thanks” is taken from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 and Colossians 3:17. Since the passage from 1 Thessalonians will be our verses for the last week this year – it will be a delight to listen to it all month. And happy days – it’s in Prime Music! 🙂
Turkey Song for Toddlers
One last song that was a lot of fun – one little, two little, three little turkey… from the Thanksgiving packet I purchased from BibleStoryPrintables.com. It’s got a lot of different workpapers for toddlers and preschoolers on up to elementary school-age. We didn’t get to coloring it yet, but that will probably come next week.
Bible Story Books Toddlers Enjoy
Baby’s Hug-A-Bible had a nice short version of David in it as well as The Rhyme Bible Storybook. That was perfect for young toddlers. Since Little Bear, along with many other toddlers, is currently learning about using the Fruit of the Spirit and NOT hitting playmates, we mainly focused on the overall topic of David loving God, David protecting his sheep from wolves and his country from Goliath in the power of God, and David writing many of the songs and Psalms in the Bible. I definitely downplayed the slingshot a bit for the time being. We’ll go into that more deeply in a couple of years, when he is old enough to understand it better. 😉
Cute Thanksgiving Books Toddlers Like
Check out these two Thanksgiving books for toddlers that I added to the grand-kids’ library. Overall I am very pleased with both of them.
Little Bear LOVES the Spot the Dog series and would definitely vote for “Spot’s Thanksgiving” as one of the best Thanksgiving books toddlers enjoy!
“What is Thanksgiving” has cute pictures and the story clearly teaches that all of Thanksgiving is fun but the most important thing is to make sure we realize it’s a day to give thanks to God for all His gifts. The only thing I did not care for was the line on page 5, “…football games, My daddy watches those, and all the while he munches snacks – that’s why his belly grows.”
As someone who used to be skinny but now has to watch my weight AND who has several loved ones who have always struggled with weight, I didn’t feel that line was necessary – and could actually lead to an older child thinking it was funny and inadvertently hurting a loved one’s feeling – whether a dad, a sibling, or someone else. I personally just skip over that line while reading it.
To be honest, I have NO problem with judicious censorship, including using markers and white-out to edit books that are great over all but perhaps have one word or line that is inappropriate. I have friends who think that is really WIERD and just avoid a book if they don’t like something. Either way is fine with me. I just wanted you to be aware of it and make a knowledgeable decision if you were thinking of buying it. 🙂
And YES! I would buy it again! And not JUST because I LOVE this cute craft idea on the back page! 🙂
Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Toddlers
Coloring Pages and Minibooks
I printed out several fun coloring pages and minibooks including these from ChristianPreschoolPrintables.com, to use over the next few weeks and Little Bear enjoyed coloring a couple of them this week as well as reading them with me.
More Easy Thanksgiving Crafts Toddlers Enjoy
Our other easy Thanksgiving crafts toddlers can enjoy included:
Thanksgiving Tracing Worksheet
This cute Thanksgiving worksheet came from FunWithMama.com. It is made for tracing the lines with a crayon. That can be hard for some toddlers to do. However we had fun using it to drive one of his little cars on the line as well as trace it with his finger.
As I’m sure you know well, not all plans we think of work the same way in real life as they do in our heads. I found this cute Pilgrim (and am so irked with myself because I can’t remember where) and thought it would go perfect with brass fasteners as a kind of paper doll. NOT! The fasteners were way too long, I got the neck thing wrong, and it just didn’t work well.
I then turned to contact paper and Hooray! It worked fine and was like a paper puzzle for Little Bear (with a little help from grandma who had finally figured out where the arms actually went. 🙂
Play-Doh Turkeys Are Fun
Onward and upward to Play-Doh! Originally I planned on just making a flat turkey. But I did a bit of research and discovered this cute video.
Now granted, it’s by older kids for older kids (my elementary school-age grandkids will love it!). But with a bit of help from grandma, we had a delightful time practicing rolling balls, smooshing flat wings and worked together to put them on.
So cute AND reasonably easy Play-doh fun with a little help. Quite a delight, indeed!
As we worked on these projects, we talked about how the Pilgrims and Native Americans worked together for the first Thanksgiving and that turkeys are the traditional dinner of our family as well as many other families.
Our Easy Thanksgiving Crafts Were FUN!
We had a lovely day with crafts along with some running, playing ball, and other delightful activities together. Next week, we’ll continue with the Thankful Thanksgiving theme. Hope to see you then! 🙂