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Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids: Turkey Fun

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Crafting and displaying a turkey is a kid essential for Thanksgiving. You can create the turkey with household materials such as paper plates or pieces of cardboard and bright colored paint.

 Tom the Turkey

You can make the turkey in a variety of ways:


  1. To make the turkey pictured above with foam pumpkins, see Tom the Turkey craft.
  2. Trace a circular body from a small plate onto the poster board. Use natural items such as sticks, leaves, feathers, and pinecones, and pantry items such as beans, lentils, and bay leaves to create a turkey. Bark works well for the head, twigs for the legs, rows of circular beans or pebbles for the body and long, thin items such as leaves for the feathers.  
  3. For an easier craft, squeeze some red and orange paint onto pieces of plastic or thick piece of cardboards. Press your thumb into the red paint and stamp thumbprints in an arch. Make another arch inside the bigger arch by stamping a smaller finger in the orange paint. Kids will love the finger-painting stamping! Make an egg shape for the body out of brown paint and add red felt for the waddle, googley eyes, and a yellow felt beak.
  4. Use brown construction paper for the turkey’s body. Glue together an egg shape for the body (for you can even trace around a foot) and a small circle for the head. Trace around the child’s hand many times in different colored constructions paper (yellow, red, brown, and orange for the colors of fall) and cut out the hands. The more hands, the better your turkey tail will look! Layer these hands behind the body and glue together. Now you are ready to decorate!
  5. Paint two large paper plates and five small paper plates brown. Glue two plates together (bottom-side out) for the body and two small plates together for the head. Fold two small plates in half and glue together. Glue these “wings” to the turkey’s body. Cut a small place in half and then fold it in , thirds for the beak. Cut out feathers and small yellow feet from different colors of construction paper, and glue to the back of the body.


Make a Thanksgiving Turkey Pinata to entertain kids on Thanksgiving day!


Once the Thanksgiving turkey creations are done, proudly display them for all to see!


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