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I've been trying to think of various Thanksgiving crafts when I remembered an activity that I used to do with my housemates in college. We wanted a fun and visual way to show what we were grateful for, so we came up with this neat little craft.
Get a posterboard or large piece of butcher paper and draw or paste the body of a turkey on it. Cut out several small leaves out of various colors of construction paper (brown, yellow, red and orange are the prettiest). These will be the feathers for the turkey. If your kids prefer, you can use feathers made out of traces of their hands instead.
On Thanksgiving, before your guests arrive, tape or tack the turkey to a wall and set up a small table or stand next to it with the turkey feathers, markers, and tape. As each guest arrives, have them write their name and what they are thankful for on the feather and tape it to the turkey body.
This is not only a fun craft to make ahead of time, it is also a fun conversation piece. Remember to take a picture after everyone is finished so that you'll have a visual momento!