Buffalo Check Plaid Paper Craft

I’m drooling over all the Buffalo Check Plaid that’s happening this season! You can wear it, decorate with it, and now craft with your kids with it!

Buffalo Check Plaid Paper Craft Title

I’m thrilled with how these darling Buffalo Check Plaid Crests turned out! It was such a fun kid’s craft to do with my boys and I know your kiddos will love it, too!


  • 2 sheets of red construction paper
  • 1 sheet of black construction paper
  • black marker
  • ruler
  • scissors or paper cutter
  • white cardstock
  • printer
  • Cricut

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Draw straight black lines diagonally across red paper

Take 1 of the sheets of red construction paper and draw straight lines across the page diagonally with a black marker. You could free hand this but I need a ruler to try to draw anything straight and even then it can end up a bit wonky.

my favorite paper cutter

Cut all three sheets of construction paper into strips. I recommend this paper cutter. It’s not expensive and I use it ALL the TIME!

Buffalo Check Squares

Now cut the strips into 1″ cubes.

Print out this free design your own coat of arms

I was going to draw my own crest shape but then a little google action lead me to this free Design Your Own Coat of Arms template. Why recreate the wheel when I don’t have to!?! I quick printed this out on white cardstock. *Click here to see what kind of printer we have.

Buffalo Check Plaid Crest Template

Flipped it over and traced the outline of the crest on the back.

Buffalo Check patterning

Flip it back over and your kiddos are ready to start their patterning fun! I recommend starting a little lower like this to get a good straight start. Black, red stripes, black, red stripes, etc..

Buffalo Check Patterning Row 2

The next row is red stripes, red, red stripes, red, etc…

Kid's Patterning Activity

Keep going with this alternating pattern until the crest is filled up. Don’t worry about covering up the outline because when it’s time to cut we’ll just flip the paper over and cut on the outline we traced on the back.

white animal shilouettes

Cut out the crest and now it’s time for some animal fun!! The kids love it when I use my Cricut to cut out things for them so I let them each pick out an animal to cut. They chose a bear, moose, and deer. In a few bats of an eyelash these adorable white cardstock animals were ready for glue! *If you are interested in getting your own Cricut click here! They have some great deals going on right now!

Buffalo Check Plaid Bear Kid's Craft

A little dab of the glue stick and oh my cuteness!!! Isn’t thisBuffalo Check Plaid Paper Craft just darling!?!

Buffalo Check Plaid Crest with Deer Head Kid's Craft

Oh deer!

Buffalo Check Plaid Moose Head Kid's Craft

Isn’t is MOOSE-VELOUS!?! Ok that was a stretch but still so fun!

Buffalo Check Plaid paper craft Collage

Here’s where ours are being displayed…they make my calendar SO happy!

Christmas Calendar Art

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Thanksgiving Children’s Books

I L-O-V-E, love books! More importantly I love sharing my love of books and reading with my boys. Each month I look forward to pulling out that month’s themed book box (you can see how I organized our children’s library here) and enjoying festive stories with my boys. This month we’re reading Thanksgiving Children’s Books!

10 books perfect for Thanksgiving! I love reading with my kids themed books for the holidays! It makes them so much more meaningful and special.

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Little Critter: Just A Special Thanksgiving by Mercer Mayer

My boys adore the Little Critter series! They love finding the hidden frog, spider, or mouse on each page!

Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving by James Dean

I read all of the Pete the Cat books in my own groovy way. I like to think my spin on Pete makes it one of their favorites.

10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston

I think the cover of this one shows what a silly story it is!

Thanksgiving Is For Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland

We all have so much to be thankful for and sometimes it can be hard for all of us to remember that. Especially when tis the season for excess!

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson

What will this crazy old lady swallow next!?!

One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims by B.G. Hennessy

Another one that I add some extra reading flair to!

Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson

Another series my littles have fallen in love with!

Five Silly Turkeys by Salina Yoon

Even though it’s a board book Kell & Ash still enjoy this counting down story. On our copy the feathers are crinkle and the noisier the better around here!

The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgiesh

This is a classic that I love sharing with my boys each year.

Who Will Carve the Turkey This Thanksgiving? by Jerry Pallotta

Ash loves coming up with as many crazy turkey carvers as he can after we read this one.

What Thanksgiving Children’s books will you share with your kiddos this year?