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6 Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids That Parents Can Appreciate, Too

Hosting Thanksgiving is not for the faint of heart. There are potatoes to be mashed, beans to be steamed, pies to be baked, a table to be set, and a turkey to be cooked. But while your hands are full, don't forget about those little volunteers who are looking for ways to help. These festive crafts will keep little hands busy -- and make family time fun and productive.

Photography by: Aaron Dyer

Help your guests find their places at the table with these colorful gobblers. If kids can accordion-fold a piece of paper and sign their names, they can create their own place cards.

Make the Turkey Place Cards
Photography by: Aaron Dyer

Escape the hot kitchen for a bit to go foraging for acorns in the backyard. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins can all get in on the fun of making this adorable family of acorn people. Mix things up by challenging family members to re-create one another as acorn dolls.

Make the Acorn Family

At the end of the day, it's all about gratitude. Have everyone in the family make a paper leaf and write down one thing they're thankful for this year. Then share them aloud and bask in the feel-good energy.

Make the Paper Leaves of Thanks

Waiting for the turkey to be carved? Keep the kids' table occupied with blank place mats and a big box of crayons.

Make the Thanksgiving Place Mat

The sweet tooth of the family will be thankful for these creative treats. You can soften and mold the sugar cone into the cornucopia shape, while kids can put on the finishing touches by dipping the rim in chocolate and covering it with chopped pistachios (and then nibbling on the jelly beans, of course).

Make the Candy Cornucopias

Gather up the family to assemble this country-chic door decoration! All you need is a bundle of golden wheat, some colorful waxed twine, and a few simple crafting supplies. Above, "DIY Style" host Erin Furey gives you the step-by-step instructions.