{No Glue} Turkey Craft For Thanksgiving

no mess thanksgiving day craft People have been making paper bag turkey crafts for ages but I still wanted to share this one because of how we made it and how my daughter was able to play as soon as the last piece was on. It’s the perfect low mess make and take craft for your kid guests at Thanksgiving dinner.

Gather your materials. You will need some paper bags, crayons, party streamers ( I save all extras from birthday parties), googly eyes, orange and red construction paper, scissors and permanent double stick tape. paper bag turkey craft

Start by cutting a few inches off the bottom of the paper bags. This makes the puppets much easier for wee little arms to handle. paper bag turkey craft for thanksgiving

Next invite your puppet maker to color their turkey. My daughter took her time taking off all the paper from the crayons first. paper bag turkey craft for three year oldsThis was an unintended fine motor skill activity in the middle of our main craft. paper bag turkey

While they peel and color cut the streamers into shorter pieces, and cut a beak and wattle. paper bag turkey streamers

When they are done coloring flip the bag over and add the double stick tape along the edges. paper bag turkey craft for children

Add the streamers. paper bag turkey feathersI was floored with how long she did this. She wanted to cover every bit of “sticky” and even asked to add more. paper bag turkey adding feathers

Add tape to the wattle and beak and flip the turkey over and stick them on. We added the beak first so I slipped it under after. paper bag turkey for kids

Pop on the eyes. turkey paper bag puppet for kids

Best part is that it’s time to play right away ! paper bag turkey make and play right away

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Thanksgiving Math For Kids – Fact Families and More!

thanksgiving math for kids Creating two activities with the same materials for two very different abilities is one of my favorite challenges. These turkey cork boards made it simple. My daughter matched colors and naturally counted the feathers upon completion. My son loved the fact families and the novelty of using thumbtacks made it all the more fun. This Thanksgiving math activity was a huge hit at our house!

Gather your materials. You will need some cork boards ( I got all three at IKEA for $3 ), construction paper , double stick tape, marker, and thumbtacks.Turkey Color matching

Start by cutting out circles for the turkey’s heads , feathers, and wattles. Draw a simple face ( I made the eyes big enough to use thumbtacks as pupils), and tape the wattles on. Tack the heads on. cork turkey color sorting

Color Sorting Turkeys

I tacked one feather on each turkey as a guide for my daughter and invited her to tack the rest on. turkey cork board learning

She made a yellow rabbit and two turkeys ! turkey cork color sorting

 

Fact Family Turkeys

I added a small fact family triangleturkey fact families as a guide and tacked them on. While my daughter colored in one of the turkeys to make it just right! turkey corkboard

Wrote out the fact family number sentences on the feathers.turkey fact family math activity

I invited my math whiz and he jumped right in to pinning the feathers. fact family turkey mathI did not keep all the fact families on the same color feathers because I did not want him to simply match the colors. thanksgiving turkey fact familiesThis activity could be adapted to any math ability. You could match numbers, match digits to tally marks , do odds and evens… they sky is the limit! turkey fact families for kids

 

 

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Turkey Craft Ideas For Kids

turkey kids craftWe haven’t started our Thanksgiving crafts for this year yet but I wanted to share some of our favorite turkey crafts for kids we’ve made over the past 5 years. I love making turkey crafts but must admit I can’t stand eating the real thing and fill up on sides instead. I hope that you can find something fun to make from our turkey craft ideas to get your kids excited and interested in learning more about Thanksgiving.

Fingerprint Turkey Cards
Counting Turkeys
Sun Catcher Turkey
Paper Plate Turkey

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Turkey Feather Gross Motor Game
Turkey Magnet
3D Hand Print Turkey
Shape Turkey Craft

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Hand Print Turkey Craft For Toddlers
Turkey Feather Match
Clothes Pin Turkey
Potato Print Turkey

Do you have some fun turkey craft ideas for kids? Share them in comments!

Turkey Feather Hunt { Gross Motor Game}

This easy Thanksgiving themed game has been lovingly named ” Naked Turkey” at our house . It is so fast to make but the fun will last for a long time. Kids love searching for things and games like this not only works on concentration it also naturally leads to counting, color recognition and sorting.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a clean jar, some orange or brown construction paper, some some, googly eyes , tape, markers and feathers.
  2. Start by cutting out a turkey torso. Think chubby bowling pin cut in half. Add a gobble, beak and glue on some eyes.
  3. Tape to the jar. I am taping it because I love these jam jars and plan on using it for something else after we are done with this game. As you can see my daughter was collaging scrap paper while I made it, or so I thought.
  4. Choose a spot in your house to hide the feathers. I do it in my living room because I can shut the doors and keep the kids out while I hide them. Also in a relatively small space a toddler won’t get overwhelmed. do what works for your kids. Can you see any feathers in this picture?
  5. Invite your feather finders and play! She loved this and so did my son after he got home from school ( but the light was even worse by then so no pics).
  6. After she found them all we counted them and sorted them by color, purple first of course!

Since making this on Friday we have played daily with no signs of getting tired of it. My son loves to be the hider and tried to stump my husband and I . I particularly love that the game isn’t too messy to play anytime no matter who is over for Thanksgiving dinner!

 

3D Hand Print Turkey Craft

I try to include my kids in as much of the brainstorming and decision making about what crafts we make , especially around holidays. When I suggested we make a Thanksgiving craft to give to his grandparents my son immediately suggested a hand print turkey. I knew exactly what I wanted to make and set it up. Both my almost 6 year old and 2 year old enjoyed this craft , I just helped them in different ways to make it appropriate for both of them.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper grocery bag ( construction paper is fine too) ,pencils, some crayons, glue, googly eyes, scissors , colored paper and adhesive foam dots. 
  2. Star by tracing your child’s hands. I traced my daughters and my son traced his own. Now we traced them 3 times and you can ( just make sure it’s the same hand) or you can just trace one and in step 4 simple layer other paper under to make multiples.
  3. Now color the hands. You can color them all or just one.
  4. Cut the hands out.
  5. While I cut my daughter played with her tea set and tea party place mats and my son grabbed another paper and wrote a Thanksgiving message.
  6. Now it’s time to glue the eyes on.
  7. Add the adhesive dots. Layer each hand print on top of the other with the colored one in front.
  8. Add to your backing of choice.
  9. Send away to some very proud grandparents!