Thanksgiving activities, art lessons, games and more!

A fun way to serve a healthy appetizer at your Thanksgiving feast!  All ages will enjoy both making and eating this cute "turkey"!


1. I used both red and green grapes, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, pineapple and blueberries.  Other fruits may be used too!  One thing I would do differently from my 1st attempt is to purchase canned chunk pineapple, I had used sliced pineapple and cut it myself but found it too flimsy and difficult to use. Oh, you will also need a whole pear and bamboo skewers (found in the supermarket), colored felt, and glue.

2. I started out with 7 skewers for the first layer. When I made the one in the picture I had added the fruit as I developed the pattern but next time I may poke holes into the pear where you will be pushing the skewers in (1 row at a time), then add the fruit to the sticks before pushing them into the pear. I don't know which way would be easier.

In the picture below the 3 skewers helped balance the pear and kept it from rolling around.


4. Once I had an entire row done I realized that I needed to add a row in the "front"

5. Once you have all the fruit on it is time for the turkey's face and legs.  I used felt scraps and Elmers glue.
Next time I may use a glue gun. For the eyes you could also use the plastic Wiggly eyes found at craft stores.

I will be making this again!  It was a BIG hit!


A collections of Thanksgiving themed projects, lessons and games.

Here is a simple project using construction paper, crayons and dried grass (if you don't have grass you could cut strips of paper. (Mimi has a pattern below!)  This lesson is great for children in pre-school through 3rd grade.

This example has both dried grass and paper
attached to a piece of construction paper.

Indian Corn Art Project

Mimi has a pattern for you to use too!

  1. To make the project use the corn pattern and trace 3 ears of corn then cut them out.
  2. Using a dark color crayon and starting at the bottom (thinner) part of the corn, draw little circles a row at a time. They look like little jellybeans.
  3. Once you have reached the top you need to do the same to the other 2 corn pieces.
  4. Now it is time to color them in. You may use any colors you want!
  5. Before pasting the corn to the background piece of paper you will want to first attach dried grass or straw, or, if you do not have any, you may draw your own on scrap paper, then cut the pieces out. Mimi has a pattern for you to use for the grass too!
  6. A border drawn around the edge of the background paper makes the project look even nicer!

Another example

This example used cray-pas on brown construction paper.
After tracing the corn pattern 3 times (using a pencil) take either
a cray-pas or crayon and draw little circles over and over again
to make it look like kernels of corn.
Use yellow colors to draw gently curved lines upward so it looks like the husks.
The example below is not completed yet, it still needs more coloring in.

This Indian Corn was made with just crayons

 Click on the image of the project pattern below to open the printable PDF

Mimi hopes that you have fun with this project!

Here are some Thanksgiving pictures for you to print out and color!

Coloring Page for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Color Page to color in