Kids Frugal Fun: Thanksgiving Place Cards

Do YOUR kids have off a lot this week?  We have half days all week in town, which leaves ample room for crafts and baking (in theory).  These are just SO CUTE and I can’t wait to make some for our table!!

Thanksgiving is just over a week  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 momondealz brings us 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! If you have missed past Kids Frugal Fun crafts, be sure to check them all out!

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!

If you are looking for inspirational quotes, you can check out these resources:

The’>″>The Heart of Abundance: A Simple Guide to Appreciating and Enjoying Life

The’>″>The Girls’ Book of Wisdom: Empowering, Inspirational Quotes from over 400 Fabulous Females

About the author: I’m a 30-something mom to three, brand ambassador. content creator, social media maven, blogger extraordinaire, earth lover, butcher, baker, candlestick maker (or something along those lines) – love word games, crafting, cake decorating or shooting pictures.

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  • Hi, I am a new follower to your blog, Hope you can drop in, say hello and follow back:) Happy Thanksgiving! Great and fun craft project.

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