Clothespin Teaching Turkey

by Katy

For this activity you will need a paper plate, clothes pins, brown and yellow construction paper, scissor, glue, and something to color with. For some reason I had craft confusion and used paint and markers, but that’s overkill.

First, make your paper plate brown–we finger painted because that allows us to work on sensory stuff at the same time. I’m seeing major progress in that my son will paint and also that he’s stopped trying to put the paint in his mouth. Little victories!

Next, cut out a head and beak from the construction paper. Glue them to the plate.

Then you need to color your clothespins. I used markers and did it myself since it’s a little beyond Charlie’s abilities. If your child can do it by themselves, then let them.

Now, for the fun part!

The clothespins become the turkey’s feathers. Use the feathers to do a variety of activities. For us, we were working on identifying colors. You could also do patterns

Since this was our first time doing the activity, we started with only two clothes pins and asked Charlie to select “red” or “blue.” Trying to grab the clothespins has the added bonus of being fine motor practice, but if he’s not able to squeeze properly, they still come off with a tug. If your child has trouble with fine motor, be sure to place the pins far apart to make it easier.

When Charlie correctly identified the blue pin and threw it on the floor, we called it a day!


Katy is a mom of one who loves art, mystery novels, and anything involving peanut butter–she blogs about raising her little miracle at Bird on the Street.

Paper Plate Turkey Craft

paper plate turkey craft for kids

After seeing my foam turkey after from nap my son asked to make one , which means he said ” urkey yeah yeah, urkey pease pease” but I knew what he meant. So I grabbed a paper plate and made a more toddler friendly version of a Thanksgiving Turkey!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate, some markers ( crayons, or paint would work too) , s few colors of tissue paper, glue and scissors.
  2. Have your child color the paper plate, my son did not want to move on past this step, coloring is where it’s at at our house lately. He colored 2 other paper plates while I tried to convince him that glue was cool too.
  3. While they color cut out some feathers from the tissue paper.
  4. Cut the plate in half, and cut a small triangle off of the discarded half, this will be your turkey head.
  5. Add glue to the inside lip of the paper plate.
  6. Add your feathers, at first my son was refusing to do this, so I let him keep coloring and soon enough, he was asking to do it after watching me.
  7. While they glue, make a face on the “head” .
  8. When all the feathers are on glue on the head. Let dry .


A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman is such a cute and funny book about a town that needs a turkey and the lengths they go to to find one. The town is sadly outwitted by the turkey and end up eating shredded wheat for thanksgiving. The illustrations kept my little man interested even though the story’s humor was above his head.

 Thanksgiving is for giving thanks by Margaret Sutherland is book that explains what Thanksgiving is, and gives lots of examples of things to be thankful for. I like this book although I could go without the page where the narrator is thankful for lollipops, all the other things are wonderful like a teacher’s encouragement, grandma’s hugs, and sunny days and to me the lollipops sorta fall flat. Easily skipped over if you are not keen on it but the book as a whole is valuable teaching tool about thanksgiving.