Super Simple Paper Turkey

Thanksgiving is less than a month away and today, we did our first turkey themed craft of the year! This paper turkey is perfect for little ones under five!

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Materials Needed

  • Construction Paper (We used brown for the turkey’s body and feet, orange for the beak, and red for the wattle. I let my toddler pick out the colors she wanted for the feathers. We glued everything on a piece of white paper).
  • Markers or Crayons
  • Glue
  • Scissors

I started by cutting out a beak, the wattle, and two feet like shapes. Next, I traced my toddler’s foot on the brown paper and her hands on several colors of construction paper. After I was done tracing, I cut it all out. If your child is an older preschooler, you can let them do the cutting!

Next, I helped my toddler glue the cut out hand prints onto the white paper. If your child is under a year old, you can do the gluing for them. They won’t have as much fun as a toddler or preschooler would have with this, but it will be a great keepsake for you to look back on!

After the handprints were glued on, I gave my toddler the footprint to glue on. Once that was on, I gave her the wattle, beak, and feet.

Lastly, I gave her a marker to draw eyes on her turkey. You could also use googly eyes, but for this turkey, we decided to keep it simple!

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10 thoughts on “Super Simple Paper Turkey

  1. Love these! I remember doing something similar as a kid. This will be an excellent project to do with my 2 year old and think back on how we did it. Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a cute project, and let me tell ya as a mom you will cherish these projects for years to come. I still have crafts my kids made using tracings of hands and feet.! My kids are in their 20’s!! I plan on keeping these cherished keepsakes 🙂

    1. When I was working in a classroom setting, I was always surprised how many children had never done a craft where they traced their hands! I try to do one every few months with my daughter.

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