Mixed Media Photo Turkey

Thanksgiving is just over a week away! When we sat down to work on this turkey craft, I had something completely different in mind. However, I value child led learning and my child had her own ideas about what she wanted to do!

Materials Needed 

  • Paint (We used four colors, but you can use more or less)
  • Two Pieces of Construction Paper 
  • White Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A Picture of Your Child ( For best results, use one that shows their face well) 

I started by putting paint on two paper plates. I let my little one mix the colors around with her hands, then move the paint around the construction paper. Originally, I wanted to do hand prints for the turkeys feathers, but my toddler was in more of a finger painting mood. 

Once she covered as much of the paper as possible, we let it dry. The paper took several hours to dry. While I waited, I cut out just the head of a picture of my daughter and a turkey body. 

After the paper is dry, I cut out four feather shapes from each piece of painted paper. 

Next, it was time to build the turkey! I helped my little one glue on the feathers, then the body and the head, with as little guidance as possible. This was much more her creation than it was mine. 

After the glue dried a bit, I drew on the waddle. If you’re child is preschool aged, try letting them draw the waddle on their own. The final project is an adorable turkey keepsake!

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