Thanksgiving Traditions & Thanksgiving Crafts

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I don’t remember when we started one of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions. To this day, Aunt Kerry is expected to bring Oreo turkey cookies.  Yesterday, I had fun with my granddaughters as they had friends over to make … you guessed it … Oreo turkey cookies. Not only did we continue our Thanksgiving traditions, we made Thanksgiving crafts.

Thanksgiving traditions & Thanksgiving crafts including these cute turkey Oreo cookies and pilgrim hat cookies

Ashley planned a simple party with her Bible study group and their kids. Last week I told her I’d bring Oreo turkey cookie ingredients, but Ashley had already bought what she needed. What a warm feeling I had as I thought about Ashley continuing one of our family’s Thanksgiving traditions.

This is super-easy to plan. As you can see, she covered the table with a 99cents table cover and placed all ingredients in plastic bowls.

Thanksgiving Traditions – Turkey Oreo Cookies

Ashley showed the kids how to make the turkey, but even that fell apart. Did anyone care?

Nope! They were excited to be together and have a few fun Thanksgiving activities for their kids. Moms were happy to find a Thanksgiving cookie that took NO baking. One mom remarked, “I wanted to make cookies but did not have time to bake with preschoolers. When I saw these cookies, I realized I could make these with my kids.” And…some of our kids got creative with their cookies. This little guy made “fireworks”

 Although Ashley gave a quick explanation, here’s a more detailed way to make Oreo Turkey Cookies:

  • Open Oreo and set them perpendicular
    (use icing to hold in place)
  • Place malt ball in the corner and a red hot (gobble) in front of the malt ball.
  • Ice the Oreo that is standing up & down with chocolate icing
  • Fan candy corn around the malt ball to make a fan of feathers.
  • Eat and enjoy – yummy!!!

Shopping List:

  • Oreos
  • Red Hots
  • Malt Balls
  • Chocolate Icing
  • Candy Corn

Thanksgiving traditions & Thanksgiving crafts including these cute turkey Oreo cookies and pilgrim hat cookies

Pilgrim Hat Cookies

You can decorate these more than we did by adding a ring around the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup or a small orange dot of orange frosting. These kids loved it because it was quick and simple . . . and then they could eat it. They loved it!


  • Chocolate Wafers
  • Mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
  • Orange Frosting
  • Decorating Tube for Frosting

Smear some frosting on the top of the Reeses. Place it upside down on the chocolate wafer. Pipe some frosting around the base and add a buckle. Voila!

After we cleaned up the food, we organized the craft supplies. The kids made two crafts, or their own creative variety of these crafts. Just like the cookies, we had creative uses of the supplies. Hey, isn’t that what education is all about?

Thanksgiving Crafts – Turkey Magnets

My granddaughter wanted to make brown sock turkeys, but they were too expensive. So, Ashley created this fun craft made with craft sticks. The kids loved it and made their own version at times.

Thanksgiving crafts for your fun Thanksgiving activities for kids

Prep work included gluing the craft sticks on to card stock and adding a magnet to the back. . . so you can hang this cute turkey on the refrigerator, with all your other loved crafts.

Kids colored the craft sticks, added sticky, googly eyes, taped “leaf” feathers to the back with packing tape. An adult used a glue gun to glue the beak and gobble.

 Question: What area your family’s favorite Thanksgiving traditions or Thanksgiving crafts? You can leave a comment by clicking here.


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