November becomes a reminder of what we are thankful for all year long. Similar to the Thankful Pumpkin last year, I bring you the Thankful Turkey craft.
It’s a hands on craft to do with your little (and not so little) ones. Keeping with the gratitude theme, it’s also used as a teaching tool in many ways. First, it teaches gratitude having them name what they are grateful for. Secondly, for those who are school aged it gives them practice with cutting, drawing, and writing. Lastly, it becomes a family moment and positive time with the kids.
Most of what you’ll need is already in your home. Here is a list of what you’ll need or how you can easily buy it online:
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- 1 brown paper bag per turkey
- 1 marker
- 1 pair of scissors
- 1 Elmer’s glue stick
- 1 piece of white construction or printer paper
- 2-3 pieces of construction paper, various colors
- Draw an outline of a turkey’s body on a brown paper bag using a pencil or marker. Tip: Be sure to not create complete circles as this will ruin the bag when cut.
- Using scissors cut out the turkey’s body.
- Draw 2 small circles on white construction or printer paper for the eyes, and cut.
- Paste the eyes onto the back side of the brown paper bag (non-flap side).
- Using markers draw eyeballs.
- Have your child select 2-3 colors of construction paper for the feathers. Bonus if those are red and orange, since you will also use those for the beak and gobbler.
- Cut a small triangle of orange construction paper for the gobbler and paste under the eyes.
- Draw and cut the gobbler on red construction paper (see photo of my turkey as an example). I freehanded it, if you are unsure of the shape draw an hourglass with rounded edges. Paste next to beak.
- Draw and cut at least 6 feathers on the selected construction paper. See the photo of my turkey as an example of the shape. Tip: Have the base be wide so that you have paper to paste onto your turkey.
- Have your child select placement of the feathers and paste onto your brown paper bag turkey. Each feather should be glued onto the back side of your turkey not the side where your face is.
- Using a marker have your child write what they are thankful for, one on each feather. Tips: If they are still learning to read and write you can write the words on a separate piece of paper to model the spelling. For those with little ones not yet able to write you can still have them identify what they are thankful for and you write it out for them. Drawing pictures of what they are thankful for is another option for those who struggle with writing.