Craft for Kids - DIY for the Classroom

Craft for Kids - DIY for the Classroom

Are you a teacher planning some "I am Thankful for" craft for your students? We created a simple I am Thankful for craft for kids using some paper and a kraft gift box. Students will create mini paper turkeys at school and bring them home for the holiday. At Thanksgiving dinner, guests will write what they are thankful for and then place them in the box to share with the family. The project encourages your students to reflect on what they are thankful for this year, as well as inviting their families to do the same.


  • 9 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 Open Lid Kraft Gift Box
  • Decorative Paper (dark orange, copper stardream, gold stardream)
  • Scissors
  • Writing Utensils (pens, pencils, markers, colored pencils)

Step One - Create the Turkeys

The first step is to create the turkeys. Have the little ones trace their hand prints onto blank pieces of colored paper. You can help them trace if needed. Then cut out.

crafts for kids - turkey hand tracing

decorating hand turkeys

Step Two - Decorating the Turkeys

Once all of their hand print turkeys are cut out, the next step is to let them decorate! Give them pens, pencils, markers and any other writing  Utensils and let them go (Check out our cool paint markers here). Encourage them to decorate the finger/feather area and leave the middle blank because this is where dinner guest will write their notes.

decorating turkey cutout with sharpie

decorated hand traced turkeys

Step Three - Creating the Box

Before giving the child the box, cut out a hole at the top where they will place their finished thankful turkeys. We made the hole about 10" long and about 1/2" wide. Also write the words "I am Thankful for..." at the top.

"I am thankful for..." box

Next, just like the turkeys, encourage the kids to decorate the box with things they are thankful for. For example, Anthony is thankful for his "Family, Dogs and Aunt." This will also help with their writing skills when they label each drawing.

Boy decorating "I am thankful for" box

box decorated with drawings of family

Step Four - Include the Family

On Thanksgiving day, have the little one pass out their pre-cut, pre-decorated paper turkeys to all the dinner guests. Tell guests to write what they are most thankful for on their turkey and then place it in the "thankful for" box. After dinner, let the little one read them out loud and guess which turkey belongs to what guest.

completed cutout turkeys

turkey hands in thankful box

Did you like this DIY project for kids? Check out this adorable way to have you kids create Christmas wrapping paper.


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