Make Your Own Thanksgiving Placecards (Frugal Craft For Kids)

Fun and Frugal For Kids

Each week we bring you a fun craft or activity for the kids. These can be done with little out of pocket money and alot of creativity. This week’s fun and frugal activity is brought to us by Sharon from Mom on Dealz. With her history as a teacher she does a great job on focusing on making these activities fun and educational. You can see previous activities for kids here.

Thanksgiving is just a few days away so I wanted to squeeze in one more Thanksgiving themed craft before it’s too late! Plus, November 15 is America Recycles Day so I didn’t want that day to pass without some recognition as well. Each week I bring you a kids craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. This week’s craft recycles those baby food jars many of you have in abundance! Don’t have a baby food jar, use a yogurt or butter container!

Thanksgiving Place Cards

Baby Food Jars (or you can use yogurt containers)
Leftover Halloween Candy
Construction Paper
Googly Eyes
Glue or Glue Gun
Pipe Cleaner or Popsickle Stick


1. Wash, dry, and remove the label from the baby food car or container you are using.
2. Cut out “feathers” from construction paper and glue them to the the back of the container.
3. Cut out a turkey face and wattle. Glue onto the front of container and add eyes.
4. Fill container with left over Halloween candy.
5. Cut a small rectangle from the construction paper and write either a person’s name, funny quote, or inspirational saying on it.
6. Glue the place card to a pipe cleaner or popsickle stick and put it in the container. The candy will hold it into place.
*Don’t forget to save the container’s lid and be sure to cover up the candy until Thanksgiving!

Educational Activities:

  • Fine Motor Skills: Have your child cut out the shapes or rip up the paper to help with this craft. Also having them drop the candy in the jar can help with these skills as well.
  • Math: Use the candy as manipulatives to have your child estimate and count the pieces in the jars/containers. You can also create math problems with the candy using additon, subtraction, and sorting.
  • Lanuage Arts: Your child can either dictate to you what to write on the cards or if they are able, they can write the names, sayings, or quotes themselves. Will came up with our “Gobble, Gobble” himself but obviously I wrote it). Having your child list the attendees to your dinner or dishes served can help with their brainstorming skills. Remember that younger children can draw illustrate their thoughts, quotes, etc with pictures!

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