1-2-3 Come Make a Terrific Thanksgiving Turkey Craft With Me!
If you're looking for some fresh new turkey "craftivities" that your kiddo's will enjoy, you've come to the right place! Here are some of my all-time favorites. I hope you find a few that you'll want to make with your own little turkeys.
Turkey Art Projects + Activities is a whopping 81-pages long and features over a dozen quick and easy turkey crafts + a few worksheets, songs and a game.
It was one of the first units that I put together 3 years ago, before I had all of the fonts, and software programs that I use now for a more professional look, so all of the patterns are hand drawn in this packet.
They are still easy to follow, with complete directions. If you have construction paper, glue, scissors and crayons, then you're all set! Click on the link to view/download the Turkey Craftivities packet.
Happy Fall Y'all is a football-shaped turkey. Under his wing is a poem I wrote so you can have a teachable moment about rhyming words:
November’s for turkeys with piping-hot stuffing
and blowing winds that are huffing and puffing.
Orange, red, and yellow, fall-colored leaves
sweatshirts with warm, snuggly-long sleeves.
Tiny-tot turkeys that go gobble-gobble
jointed and cute, that wibble and wobble.
They say: “Stay inside and watch some football.”
and oh by the way “Happy Fall Y’all!”
Hyrum is an adorable stuffed turkey. His body is a lunch bag stuffed with scrap paper. He's wonderful for fine motor practice, and makes an adorable centerpiece for your kiddo's to present to their mommies.
Patty is a paper chain turkey that can be used to practice pattering and counting. For writing practice, have students write their spelling words, fall vocabulary, or things that they are thankful for on each strip.
Turk, the ribbon-legged turkey, is a sweet dangler. To incorporate writing with this art project, give students a prompt and have them complete it, and then glue it to the back of Turk.
Trudy is the thankful turkey. A note home is included, so parents can help children write what they are thankful for on the feathers and then glue them to the turkey. Accordion-folded legs, are great fine motor practice too.
If you'd like to practice counting, you may want to make Clark the Count On Me turkey booklet. There's a blank circle template if you want to work on teen or higher numbers, or even skip-counted numbers.
Clara is made out of a TP tube and reviews counting as well as colors. Wiggle eyes, a 3D mouth and pipe cleaner feet, all add to her goofy appearance. My Y5's LOVED her; she makes a cute table decoration too.
All of the above turkey craftivities can be found in the Turkey Art and Activities packet along with a few more + some songs, worksheets and a game. Click on the link to view/download it.
In another packet, is one of my personal favorites. I named her Gabby The Crumb Gobbler. I was inspired by my beloved grama Lydia when I designed it. She always said: "Many hands make light work." so I made a little poem, with that thought in mind: "Many hands make light work, this I know is true, so let my little turkey, gobble up crumbs for you."
Children color and cut Gabby's head and glue her to the top half of a paper plate and then color the ridged portion of the rim to look like mini feathers.
Her body acts like a dustpan. The quarter section "wing" is the sweeper. This really does work and "sweeps" crumbs off the table, onto Gabby, and then into the garbage!
Students glue the poem to the center and practice "sweeping." I paperclip the sections together and send them home. My Y5's always thought their "turkey broom" was especially fun. Click on the link to view/download Gabby.
Finally, there's Thomas the twirled turkey. His body sports another poem:
"This is my turkey round and fat. His feathers show a color pattern imagine that! Red-Orange-and Yellow make him a bright happy fellow. I twirled strips of color around a pencil you see, then glued them as feathers, so my picture's 3D. He's a special present to you from me. Made with lots of TLC."
Twirling strips of colored paper around a pencil, was not only great fine motor practice, but enjoyable for my Y5's too.
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1-2-3 Come Do Some Awesome Autumn Craftivities With Me!
To help motivate my Y5's to get down to business, stay focused and complete their morning table top lessons, I'd often offer a simple & quick craftivity that they could transition to, when they were done, or if I spied them quietly working. The textured acorn is perfect for this.
Use the acorns as a border on your bulletin board that displays student work. Your caption can be: “We’re simply nuts about...” and then fill in whatever you’re studying. Click on the link to view/download the scent-sational acorn craftivities.
Another sweet-smelling craftivity I call the pumpkin pie pomander. Simply cut a paper plate into 1/8ths.
For a quick and interesting review of fractions, do this in front of your kiddo's to demonstrate how fractions are formed, by first cutting the plate in 1/2 then in 1/4ths and finally into 1/8ths. I've included a set of fraction pies for even more reinforcement.
Punch a hole in the corner and tie a yarn or ribbon loop. Call quiet students up to the painting center. They paint their slice of pie with light brown paint. While the paint is still wet, help them sprinkle on ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. Shake off excess. When it dries students can glue the little poem to the back. I've also done this as a whole group activity.
You can skip painting and simply have children color the edge of their "crust" with a light brown or tan marker or crayon. Instead of using paint, students brush Elmer's glue onto the bottom portion of the pie using a Q tip.
Remind students that they just want to make their pie sticky and not sloppy with glue puddles. Have a mixture of cinnamon-clove powder sprinkled on 8" paper plates (1 per table). Students carefully place the wet side down onto the powder and press. Click on the link to view/download the Pumpkin Pie Pomander craftivity.
I've included a variety of leaf templates + an acorn. Prior to the activity, brainstorm with children about the things they are thankful for. Write them on the board so students have help with spelling.
There are several ways to make the wreath: Children flip over a paper plate and glue the poem in the middle.
They select 8 leaves that you have run off on a variety of fall-colored construction paper. Older students can cut their own leaves, but I'd pre-cut for pre-K's to expedite things. If you want them to have some cutting practice, have them trim the elm leaf.
Children write something they are thankful for on each leaf. Before they glue, have them arrange the leaves in a circle around the poem. When they are satisfied with the appearance, they glue the leaves to the wreath. In the picture I used two oak leaves to make a "bow" and put an acorn in the middle with a child's photo glued to it.
The other way you can make the wreath is to skip the poem and cut the center of the plate out. As I was making samples, I liked a thinner circle so that the white didn't show through, but you still had enough "base" to glue things on, so I cut quite a bit of the ribbing off as well.
After students have written on the leaves, they rub glue all over the wreath and then press their leaves on.
My Y5's absolutely loved anything with glitter, so I thought that some "sparkles" would help add the "wow" factor they so enjoyed.
Completed projects make a lovely bulletin board, or hang them back-to-back from the ceiling in the hallway. Click on the link to view/download the Thankful Wreath patterns.
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1-2-3 Come Do Some More Turkey Crafts and Activities With Me!
The month of November always seems to fly by. There is so much to get accomplished in such a short amount of time. I basically based the month around scarecrows, turkeys, pilgrims and Thanksgiving; reinforcing standards with those themes.
Such as, 1 to 1 correspondence, which is really important for little ones. So they don't get bored doing these counting activities, switch things up by matching your themes.
I designed some sweet turkey counting cards for 1-to-1 correspondence. Print, laminate and trim and put in your math center or do as a whole group activity.
I only included a few numbered turkeys per card, as students are less apt to bump their work and send things flying. It's also less frustrating for Pre-K kiddo's when they are just learning.
Pinching an item and placing however many objects onto the matching numbered turkey, is also an excellent fine motor skill. As you can see in the photo, I used flat-backed rhinestones. My little girls especially enjoyed using this "bling-bling" manipulative. Pony beads also work well.
The cards only go up to 10, but I've included a blank template, so you can program higher numbers. There's also a black and white pattern. If you want, run off copies for your students to color and glue sequins or whatever to the feathers. Click on the link to view/download the 1-to-1 Correspondence Turkeys.
Continue with counting with the Tummy Tickler Booklet. Encourage students to trace the numbers and color however many feathers on the turkey that match the number on his tummy.
So that little ones hands don't "poop out" with so much coloring, or their work becomes scribbling, because they are tired of coloring; have children only color 1 or 2 of the higher numbered turkeys, and take several days to complete the booklet. Click on the link above to view/download it.
My Y5's especially enjoyed all of the daily hands-on craftivities that I set up as independent centers.
I did the Keepsake Turkeys with my 2nd and 1st graders, as well as with my K's and Y5's for many years.
Older students can trace their own hand and foot (with their shoe on) and cut them out. K's can pick a partner to help. (Older elementary reading buddies are also a nice option.)
To expedite things for me, I sent a note home to parents to have this done. I've included it in the packet if you want to go that route.
I just completed the one in the photograph, with Kaiden, my 1-year-old grandson; he added his scribbles and my daughter LOVED it, as did all of the parents in the past.
I used 2 "shoe prints" for the body of my Y5's to make their turkeys fatter and less "shoe-looking". The photo shows them on our "Wall of Fame". I sprinkled the Keepsake Turkeys in with our Indian corn crayon melts. (More on them in another blog article.)
For the beak, cut 1 & 1/2 inch wide strips of yellow construction paper and then cut these into squares. Students fold them into a triangle and glue one half to their turkey, so that the "beak" opens.
I also pre-cut the "wattles". To make an easy wattle, simply cut a heart shape and glue it upside down. (This is what my Y5's did in the photograph.)
I have 2 poems you can choose to put on the turkey's tummy if you want: ("I'm a little turkey, as cute as can be. I'm very thankful, for my wonderful family.") or (This is a turkey oh so fine. Look at the body; the feet are mine! The feathers are traced from my hands too. I made this turkey because I love you. ) Click on the link to view/download the Keepsake Turkey directions and poems.
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Some of my friends ask me if my brain ever shuts off as I’m constantly in the design mode. Actually that’s no laughing matter as I wish there was some sort of off button located on my body, especially when I want to sleep! But lucky for you the ideas keep popping into my head because here are some more things you might want to whip together with your little ones before they leave for break, and if you’re home schooling they make darling decorations and nice keepsakes.
You can click on the individual links and view/print the patterns for each of the projects, or for your convenience, click on the link at the end of the article and print all of them on one pdf.
Happy Thanksgiving Football Card What looks like goal posts are really the letters H for happy with a hidden T for Thanksgiving making this cute card a great activity for your literacy center! Students practice those much-needed scissor-cutting fine-motor skills and cut out the letters, then trace the words "Happy Thanksgiving" with a brown marker A staple holds the letters together. Children glue the football to the top of the H and write "Love" and their name on it. Thanksgiving Card
I’m Thankful For My Family Turkey is a great way to practice those family sight words. Mr. Turkey’s fork feet can hold a family photo, poem, recipe, note or "Happy Thanksgiving!" greeting written on an index card. If you home school, you can do this on your printer. I trimmed down a sheet of red, orange, yellow, tan and brown construction paper and put it in my printer one piece at a time. Write family words on the board and have the children copy which ones are appropriate for them on their feathers. Don't forget to include pets and grandma and grandpa. Some of my Hispanic children also live with their aunts and uncles. Help students with the spelling of their sibling's names. Add a bit of color to the turkeys with crayons. Alternating the colors of the feathers is a nice math pattern extension! Thankful Turkey
Pete The Pumpkin Turkey makes a great centerpiece for your table and a wonderful family activity. By now all of the stores have those artificial pumpkins on sale 70%- 80% off. Pick one up and you’re ready to make Pete. While you’re waiting for dinner to get done, give everyone a feather. Print a red, orange, yellow and brown piece of construction paper master one sheet at a time. Cut the feathers out. Have each family member write their name at the top and list the things they are thankful for. Tape a toothpick to the bottom-back of the feathers and poke them in the back of the pumpkin. Print my turkey head on a sheet of brown construction paper, color with crayons and cut out. Stick on with a few glue dots. Pete's all set to keep an eye on your guests as you gobble down your feast. Pete the Turkey
PC the paperclip Pom Pom Turkey. Buy a box of jumbo colored paper clips (Staples has these cool looking striped ones 100 in a box for $2.79), each turkey needs 8 feathers, + some small ones for the feet, some 2" brown pom poms for the turkey's body, a 1" pom pom for the head, and some 7 mm wiggle eyes, a few scraps of yellow and red construction paper for the beak and wattle and Elmer's or Aileen's tacky glue to hold it all together and you'll be able to make PC the paperclip Turkey. After you've glued him to a thick piece of tag board he can be an adorable note or recipe holder. If you feel real ambitious make an entire set for the family dinner and use them to hold your place cards!
Strut Your Students’ Or Strut Your Family’s Stuff Turkey makes a nice bulletin board if you’re a teacher, or a great keepsake if you home school. Make extra’s and send as Thanksgiving cards to grandparents. A b. board caption could say: "We're gobblin' up great work!" or "Mrs./Mr. _____'s class is struttin' their stuff learning about ______". Turkey Bulletin Board
This Is Me Turkey! My special version of that darling handprint turkey, sure to become a cherished keepsake! Trace your students' handprint on a white sheet of copy paper. Children glue their school photo on the head (thumb) and draw on a pilgrim hat. Help them fill out the following information on their feathers: Their age, their favorite color, their favorite food and either their best friend or their favorite thing to do. They color their turkeys, coloring the "favorite color feather" that color, add feet, a wing with the date, their name underneath, a beak, eye and wattle. An adult cuts them out and the kids glue them to a blue background along with an explanation strip. Happy Turkey Day! Handprint Turkey
The Shapely Turkey A fun way to review shapes is by making this adorable little guy! Make templates from my master and have students trace them, or pre-cut the shapes from construction paper and have your children glue them to a large sheet of green or blue construction paper. I used brass brads to make the wings moveable. Fold the beak for a 3-D effect and use white reinforcement holes for the eyes! Shape Turkey
Turkey Mask: For a Gobblin’ good time, print off the turkey, (I trimmed down a sheet of tan construction paper and slipped it in my printer), have your child color Tom, cut him out, glue to the back of a large paper plate, cut out the eye holes, tape on a Popsicle stick to the back-bottom of the plate, so they can hold onto their mask, and then gobble-gobble away. Turkey Mask Pattern
Wiggles the Paper Strip Turkey Cut out 4 strips of construction paper. (1x11) Bend them into a loop. Staple the loops together and tape them to the back of the construction paper body. Glue on wiggle eyes, a beak, a wattle, looped feet from a paper strip that is cut in half and also made into a loop and then folded so that Wiggles will stand up and you have Wiggles! Because he sits up he makes a darling decoration on a counter or table. Wiggles is so quick and easy you can make some for the entire family and use these as place cards! Wiggles Turkey
Thanksgiving Literacy Center: Whenever I see a Scrabble game at a garage sale I buy it and use the letter tiles for all sorts of things in my classroom. I use Ellison die cuts, draw 1-4 squares on them and then laminate the shapes. They make a perfect themed card for my literacy center. My students look at a sight word list and use the tiles to spell words on the seasonal - themed die cuts and then they write the word on a sheet of paper. I've made a set of Thanksgiving ones for you + provided a list of sight words and a sheet of corn and feathers for your students to write words on. They could also write spelling words, a little "love you" note or Thanksgiving greeting, or even some mathematical equations or fact families! If you don't have letter tiles run off a copy of my master, laminate, cut out, and keep in a small envelope. "Oh what fun it is to learn in the Thanksgiving center today!" Thanksgiving Literacy Center
Paper Plate Turkey: Tuck your morning table top lessons in this cute container made by stapling two paper plates together. Students color, cut and glue their turkey to the plate add their name to the turkey's belly and they're all set to trot off to their lockers. I've also included some quick "trace & write" shape, number, and ABC review sheets for your students to "gobble" down. Turkey Holder
Native American Wet Wipe - Tie Dye Blanket: If you're looking for a quick and inexpensive color craft to do for your Native American theme day, this is it! You can get a box of 100 wipes at The Dollar Store. I'm sure you already have a supply of rubber bands, watercolor markers and pencils in your drawer, so you're all set to make this pretty project. There are two options as you can see by the photo.
For a great fine motor skill have your students roll the wipe on a pencil and then put 5 rubber bands down the length of it. This will make a striped "blanket". Or have them poke their index finger through the middle of the wipe and then gather it into a column that way and you will make a circular pattern. Once your students have put the rubber bands on they need to color any wet wipe areas that are showing with watercolor markers. They can choose a rainbow of colors or just two like I did with the yellow and brown circular patterned one. After the wet wipes are dry, carefully snip the rubber bands and smooth out the wipes. Get ready to ooh and ahhh over your pretty tie dyed blankets.
I hope you can make some time to do these projects with your children. Holidays are all about making memories and spending quality time with the people you love most. Making something for someone that will touch their heart is also important. When I do these things with my students I tell them “We’re making PAPER LOVE.” I hope you have time to pass some on this Thanksgiving!
Click on the link to print all of the Thanksgiving Projects. This includes the descriptions in the article.