Looking for a fun Thanksgiving craft to do with your students? Based on an activity featured in Art with Anything, our Cardboard Square Mosaics craft is sure to be a hit with the children in your care. Find a list of all the materials you need and instructions on how to do the craft below:

What You’ll Need:

What to Do:

  1. Start by measuring out 3” x 3” squares on a piece of cardboard and cutting them out. Depending on the size of mosaic you want students to make, each child should have three, six, or nine squares.
  2. Have students use tempera paint to splash a little color on some of their squares. Another way to add color is by cutting out and gluing on construction paper squares. Coloring with crayons is also a fun way for students to decorate their cardboard squares.
  3. Add sensory play as part of the craft by having students sprinkle sand on glued squares.
  4. Use markers to write Thanksgiving messages on dried or unpainted cardboard squares.
  5. Encourage students to draw Thanksgiving-related pictures on the remaining white squares.
  6. Glue the finished squares onto thick paper or poster board and have children cut out their mosaic in the shape of a square or rectangle.
  7. Keep in mind that you can adapt the craft as needed. For example, students can create holiday-themed squares with a simple change of color scheme and design!

Other Possible Themes:

  • Seasons (fall, winter, spring, and summer)
  • Holidays (Valentine’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Halloween, etc.)
  • Back to School
  • What I Did Over My Summer (or Winter) Break
  • All About Me (favorite color, favorite food, family members, etc.)

Be sure to read “Four Festive Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for Preschoolers” and “Thanksgiving Activities for the Classroom (with 2 Free Printables)” for additional ideas on celebrating Thanksgiving in the classroom. Share pictures of your students’ Cardboard Square Mosaics on our Facebook and Twitter pages—we can’t wait to see them!