Easy art: Thanksgiving Countdown craft

I am always a little disappointed each year when Thanksgiving gets lost between Halloween and Christmas. There may be a week or less of Thanksgiving “hype” (usually thanks to grocery stores and Black Friday sales), but I would like to prolong the season as much as possible.

I started thinking about Advent calendars for Christmas (usually a cardboard box with 25 little “doors”. You open one door each day leading up to Christmas and behind each door is a small toy or piece of chocolate). I used that concept to come up with a Thanksgiving art project using flaps to turn down on the days leading up to Thanksgiving.


2 paper plates (any size and color)

Markers and/or glitter glue



Step 1


Decorate one plate with a Thanksgiving image (turkey, pumpkins, leaves, etc.) and the words “___ Days of Thankfulness”. I did 7 days, but you may only have time for 3 or 5. This will determine how many flaps you cut.

Step 2

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Cut into the plate just far enough to make the flaps. 7 cuts for 7 flaps, 5 cuts for 5 flaps, etc. Label each flap with a number.

Step 3

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Line up the second plate underneath the first one and trace the flaps with a marker. Have (or help) your kids write one thing they are thankful for in each section. Get creative – there is no wrong answer and there are so many things we have to be thankful for that we take for granted each day.

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Put a dot of glue in the center of the second plate and place the first plate on top. Be sure to line up the flaps with the sections underneath that you just labeled with your thankful items.

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Open one flap on each of the days leading up to Thanksgiving. Talk to your kids about why they chose that thing to be thankful for. They might even forget what they wrote by the time Thanksgiving Day rolls around.

Enjoy this season of family, friends, and feasting! Happy Thanksgiving!

Robin Winningham is a mother and full-time artist in Charlotte, NC. She is also the owner of It’s an Art Party and specializes in mobile birthday art parties and art tutoring lessons for children ages 4 and up. Visit her website http://www.robinwinninghamart.comto see her artwork and check out to learn more about art parties and art lessons.