Easy Turkey Craft for Toddlers

All the stores are packed with Christmas decor already but I don’t want to skip over Thanksgiving crafts! This Turkey craft for toddlers could also been done with older kids but toddlers get an extra kick out of squeezing and spreading the glitter glue as well as the sticky texture of the contact paper. Make sure while you are crafting that you use the opportunity to use these words. You don’t have to direct the exploration but as they explore add a little narration here and there.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper, contact paper, glitter glue ( ours is from our friends at craftprojectideas.com) , scissors, googly eyes and glue.
  2. Start by folding a sheet of construction paper in half and cutting out feathers.
  3. Next cut the middle out of that. You will want to keep it folded to make this easier. You should end up with a frame.
  4. Cut out a turkey body ( think bowling pin shape) a nose and a gobble ( upside down heart). I used scrap paper for this. If you don’t have red and yellow paper grab some white and color it
  5. Lay your contact paper on the table sticky side up add the feather frame.
  6. Time to add the glitter glue. She loved this. What she doesn’t know is that unscrewing the caps, squeezing the glue and even spreading it are all working on her fine motor and eye hand coordination skills. Yay!
  7. Another skill this works on is color recognition. ” What color are you using?” it’s as simple as that.
  8. Explore as long as you want. she spent longer than I expected on it and specifically told me I was not to help with the caps, unless they fell on the floor and then it was ” Mama job go get the cap.”
  9. Next add the body.
  10. Beak and gobble.
  11. Cover the whole thing with another sheet of contact paper. Press. Glue the eyes on the outside and let dry.
  12. Cut out . Pop it on the window for a little extra sparkle Thanksgiving style!

 

Favorite Thanksgiving Crafts

Did Thanksgiving sneak up on you? This month has flown by but thankfully we have a bunch of great crafts from years past to highlight.  Here is a collection of some of my favorite Thanksgiving kids crafts. Try to carve out some time this coming week to make something fun with your kids.

Foam Hand Print Turkey

Native American Headdress

Thankful Box

World of Thanks Wreath

Thankful Garland

Shape Turkey Craft For Kids

When you are teaching shapes it’s easy to fall into a rut, this activity is a great example of how to mix shapes into art seamlessly. This is a fun way of including Thanksgiving crafts into your math lesson.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need Various colors of construction paper, googly eyes, scissors, glue and markers.
  2. Give your child a piece of construction paper you have cut into a big square, have them decorate it with markers ( or crayons) if they are old enough you can ask them to draw the very first thanksgiving, or maybe a farm scene. If they want to just go abstract that’s perfect too.
  3. While your child is drawing cut out 5 hearts 4 large and one tiny.
  4. Next cut out a large oval, a rectangle , a small circle and a triangle.
  5. Time to start gluing! Start with your hearts. Arrange them so that the points are down , they are going to be the feathers.
  6. Next glue the oval lengthwise over the bottom of the hearts.
  7. Now the rectangle. When something has to be glued in a certain direction I like to add the glue first so my son can see how it goes without me looming over him, then he can succeed on his own!
  8. Add the circle for the head.
  9. I did the googly eyes because my son was trying to put it in his mouth (will it never end?) , also add the triangle and tiny heart for a beak and waddle.

Song!

I have a turkey, big and fat.
He spreads his tail and walks like that.
His bowl of corn he would not miss
And when he talks, it sounds like this
Gobble Gobble Gobble!