This Lil’ Turkey Handprint Craft includes a Free Template and is perfect for making Thanksgiving memories with kids.
Thanksgiving is coming and one of the best ways to get ready is to spend time with children you are extra thankful for. You could be their mom, grandma, or teacher…either way the time will be well spent. Simply download the free turkey template and background, gather craft supplies, and roundup those special kids.
This Lil’ Turkey craft will turn into a Thanksgiving keepsake. I love keeping our handprint crafts to see all the growing the kids have done from year to year like when we made our Handprint and Footprint Turkey craft my kid’s look so little and that craft is one of our most popular.
Now I know that for some people, the thought of little hands with paint on them makes them shutter, but don’t worry we are experienced handprint crafters here and got ya covered with tips and tricks including supplies that make each craft look awesome and a mess up work-around, so let’s get started.
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Lil’ Turkey Thanksgiving Handprint Kids Craft
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- Red, Orange, Yellow paint (I like to use Acrylic Paint-affiliate link for handprint crafts because the color is bright and the paint is generally thicker and makes a better handprint.)
- White paper (I like to use White cardstock-affiliate linkfor painted crafts because the paper is thicker and brighter white.)
- Paint brush (For handprint crafts I like to use soft and fluffy tipped paint brush like this one, 3/4 Paint Brush-affiliate link, because they transfer a lot of paint.)
- Paint trays (I like to use recycled lids, the ones you will see in the pictures are from Pringles containers)
Hi, you can watch our short video tutorial or continue below.
Pour red, orange, and yellow paint into three separate paint trays.
Cover your child’s hand with paint and make a handprint by pressing their hand on your white cardstock paper. I started with the lightest color or paint and ended with the darkest color so the kids didn’t have to wash their hands in between colors (Yellow, orange, red). When making handprints be sure to apply enough paint, and quickly so it doesn’t dry. Like I mentioned earlier I like to use a 3/4 Paint Brush-affiliate link like this because it gets the paint on quickly. It’s always a good idea to have paper towels or baby wipes on hand to help alleviate unwanted handprints.
When doing handprint crafts I always have the kids make their handprint on white cardstock paper and not directly on the background. This way if it messes up (misses a finger, ends up with too many fingers, slides across the page) it doesn’t ruin the whole craft. We simply make a new handprint. In fact, I usually fill the page with as many handprints that will fit on the page and not overlap. Then when they are dry I pick my favorite and “bubble” cut around it.
Print out the turkey template, select a turkey body, and cut it out. The turkeys come in big and small with cheeks or no cheeks.
Print out the Lil Turkey template and glue the handprints on it. Notice how the handprints overlap.
Decide where you want the turkey and glue it to the top.
Now it’s your turn. Get this download in your e-mail inbox, print the directions below, and enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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Lil’ Turkey Thanksgiving Handprint Kids Craft
- Acrylic paint (red, orange, yellow)
- White paper (Cardstock if available)
- Paint brush
- Paint tray
- Pour red, orange, and yellow paint into three separate paint trays.
- Cover your child's hand with paint and make a handprint by pressing their hand on your white cardstock paper. Start with yellow, then orange, and finally red.
- Once the handprints are dry, "bubble" cut around each one.
- Print out the turkey template, select a turkey body, and cut it out. The template is available at: https://alittlepinchofperfect.com/lil'-turkey-thanksgiving-handprint-kids-craft/
- Print out the Lil Turkey template and glue the handprints on it. The handprints should overlap.
- Decide where you want the turkey and glue it to the top. Once dry, the craft is completed.