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Thanksgiving Veggie Platter: A Fun Craft for Kids

A Thanksgiving veggie platter is perfect when entertaining little ones at the holiday. If you want to engage the creative juices of your younger guests, try this creative turkey veggie platter!

Thanksgiving veggie platter

Thanksgiving Day is a brilliant way to get your little guests involved in the holiday, encourage more vegetables, and increase the health quality of the day.

There’s nothing like a platter full of ready-to-eat crudité to help stave off the munchies while the turkey roasts in the oven. As a bonus, it’s a festive Thanksgiving snacks for kids!

Get Kids Involved: Let Them Make a Thanksgiving Vegetable Platter

Kids love to get their hands in food. In fact, research shows that when kids are involved directing in the preparation, cooking or baking of food, they are more likely to eat what they’ve created.

(If you need proof, just look at the little girl in the photo below!)

I’ve been offering this kids vegetable platter craft for years. What I love the most is that it’s shaped like a turkey.

The first year, I made it. Then, I realized that “making a turkey out of veggies” was something my youngest guests could do with ease.

Ever since, I just purchase the ingredients, lay out the platter, pull up the picture, and let the kids assemble it.

A boy and girl making a Thanksgiving veggie platter

Not only is it a nice activity to get the kids involved in the Thanksgiving festivities, it also serves as an ice breaker.

You see, some of my guests only see each other once or twice a year, so I’ve found gathering around the kitchen counter to work on a veggie tray for Thanksgiving for Auntie Jill helps all the little guests warm up, start talking, and even segue into another fun activity they come up with on their own.

If you haven’t done a Thanksgiving vegetable platter in the shape of a turkey, this is the perfect year to give it a try!

If you’re looking for other Thanksgiving food ideas or Thanksgiving sides for kids, check out these articles:

13 Adventurous Thanksgiving Food Ideas for Kids

12 Yummy Side Dish Thanksgiving Recipes for Kids

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Make my Thanksgiving Veggie Platter

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to mimic my turkey veggie platter. Of course, if there’s an ingredient you don’t like, feel free to substitute another vegetable.

You will need:

  • Grape tomatoes, 1 pint
  • 6 stalks of celery, washed and cut in 3-4 inch lengths, and split in half
  • 2 cups of baby carrots
  • 6 radishes, thin-sliced
  • a jar of baby Cornichons, drained
  • 1 can whole black olives, drained
  • 1 jar green olives, with pimentos, drained
  • Fresh thyme


Arrange the tomatoes, olives and radish on a large white platter, as outlined in the picture.

I used the olives, tomatoes, and radish for the main body. The carrots, celery and Cornichons made up the “feathers.” Of course, you can re-arrange the veggies any way you see fit.

I used a fresh sprig of thyme for the tail. I happen to always have fresh thyme on hand for my turkey, so that’s what I chose to use. Fresh rosemary would work as well.

Dip It!

I like to serve a few veggie dips alongside this gorgeous vegetable platter, such as hummus, cream cheese or a yogurt-based ranch dip.

[Read 7 Veggie Dips for Kids]

Dips encourage kids to gobble up the goods.

Do you make a Thanksgiving veggie platter? What are your favorite vegetables to add?

Originally published in 2013 |Updated October 2019

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