Kids will have fun making their own Thanksgiving Turkey to decorate this coming holiday using our free craft template and easy instructions. We even have a video tutorial so you can craft along with us. The best part about this craft is kids can use their creative ideas to make a Thanksgiving decoration that is truly unique–No two turkeys will look the same. Come check them out.
Little Tiger (age 6) and Little Dragon (age 4) both enjoyed this craft activity, and I did as well. Decorating the turkey feathers let us each come up with our own designs. I loved how Little Tiger added a V shape to her feathers so I copied her. She thought it was cool that her mom would copy her idea (what a confidence booster). It was nice sitting down enjoying some time together. Little Dragon had fun mixing his paints to discover new colors. While painting he also practiced his hand eye coordination and pre-writing pencil grip.
Check out each of our turkey’s–see how they turned out different even though we where all following the same directions. This craft allows children creative freedom while still ending up with a recognizable turkey using the turkey template. Can you guess who made which craft?
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Thanksgiving Turkey Craft for Kids and Free Template
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- Black or Brown crayon
- Water color paint
- Paint brushes
- Turkey Template (I printed ours on GP Card Stock, 8.5 x 11 Inches Letter Size, 92 Bright White, Ream of 150 Sheets (994803)which is thicker paper and can hold up to the kids painting)
Crayola; Large Crayons, Black; Art Tools; 12 ct. Bulk Crayons; Bright, Bold ColorPrang Washable Watercolor Set, 8 Classic Colors with Brush, Assorted Colors (80525)ALEX Toys Artist Studio 15 Mini Sparkle BrushesFiskars 6 Inch Softgrip Big Kids Scissors, Color Received May VaryElmer’s Washable School Glue 4 Fl Oz / 118 Ml (Pack of 6)
Have your child draw the outline of their turkey feathers with the crayon. We looked at some before we got started and we talked about how long they where with a slight curve. We also talked about how the turkey feathers aren’t randomly flying around, but that they start from one central location like a accordion fan.
Have your child paint the turkey feathers with water color. Paint would work too, I just really like the look of the water colors on this project.
Have your child paint the turkey template. The two larger circles should be brown for the body, the triangle is orange for the beak, and the two smaller circles need a pupil added to them for the eyes. I told the kids to add a dot to the eyes and to make sure not to fill in the whole thing. The template comes with one large turkey template and two small turkey templates so use depending on how big your child draws the feathers.
Once the paint has dried the template can be cut out and the pieces assembled on the turkey. Glue the larger circle on first. After it was glued we added feet to our turkey using orange paint.
Next, glue on the remaining body parts. This is the part the kids thought was so silly because they could move the head, beak, and eyes around to give their turkey different actions. For example of the head was down, the beak could go down like it was eating food from the ground or if the head was to the side the beak could go to the side like it was looking for something. The kids thought of all sorts of things for their turkey’s to be doing. I loved hearing the silly little stories they came up with. Encourage your kid’s to do the same and you could write them down for a Thanksgiving Turkey Tale all their own.
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