One brave turkey is on a mission to dodge the dinner table and blend into its surroundings this Thanksgiving! As the holiday approaches, our resourceful turkey hatches a plan to avoid becoming the centerpiece.
Our feathered friend embraced the way of the ninja with this disguise a turkey ninja craft! Your kids will love crafting a cunning and creative disguise that’s sure to fool everyone into thinking the turkey’s really a ninja!
After your little ninjas have become masters of camouflage, find even more ingenious turkey disguise projects that will inspire you with imaginative ways these clever birds can vanish right before your eyes.
Ninja Turkey Craft
The turkey’s newfound stealth can be achieved with colored paper, scissors, glue, and our handy template.
Your kiddos will help the turkey escape the dinner table, while also giving them a chance to work on their fine motor skills, scissor skills, and following instructions.
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Ninja turkey template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to get the template)
Download the turkey template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
Begin by gluing the clothing decoration pieces in an “X” shape in the middle and bottom of the feathers.
Take the wings and glue them on both sides of the “X” shape.
Next, take the feet and glue them to the middle and bottom of the ninja turkey’s feathers.
Place the turkey’s head in the middle of the feathers, above the “X” pieces.
Glue the eyes in the middle of the face.
Position the snood in the middle of the turkey’s head, then glue it down. Glue the beak on top of the snood, in between the eyes.
Finish up by gluing the headband to the top of the turkey’s head.
Be sure to check out our other Thanksgiving crafts while you’re here! We’re sure your kids will be glad you did.
Thanksgiving Themed Ideas For Kids
Thanksgiving is an excellent time to involve kids in activities that explore the holiday’s history to get them engaged. It’s also a great opportunity to instill gratitude for their talents and all the things they have.
Our collection of books, crafts, and educational activities will keep them learning, all while having fun. We’ve gathered some of our favorite Thanksgiving themed ideas that your kids will enjoy.
Keep reading below to choose some projects to do together this Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Books For Children
Reading books together can help improve literacy skills, expand their vocabulary, increase attention span, and promote cognitive development. Plus, it can be a fun and imaginative adventure for both you and your child!
Even if you don’t consider yourself a “reader,” taking the time to read with your child can have a profoundly positive impact on their learning and overall well-being.
Below are some of the top Thanksgiving books for kids!
Turkey Trouble – If you’ve never read this book, you have to add it to your holiday collection! It’s so cute and fun and kids just love it! Follow the turkey around the farm as he disguises himself as different animals so the farmer doesn’t catch him for Thanksgiving dinner!
How To Catch A Turkey – Kids who love the How To Catch books will want to see all the crazy contraptions kids make to try to catch a turkey loose at the school!
Pete The Cat: The First Thanksgiving -Every Pete the Cat book is fantastic, but this one takes it up a notch with flaps for the kids to open. It’s a great way to get the kids excited about reading and Thanksgiving!
Easy Thanksgiving Crafts
Toilet Paper Roll Turkey Craft – This cute turkey has donned his pilgrim hat for Thanksgiving! Whether crafting at home or at school, your kids will love this fun and easy project that recycles a toilet paper roll!
There are two templates to choose from, the craft version or the color in version, to make this craft customizable for kids of all ages.
Scarecrow Paper Cup Craft – Create a charming fall decoration with your kiddos by crafting a scarecrow using an everyday paper cup and our free template. This simple and festive activity is a perfect way to embrace the spirit of autumn while having some creative fun.
Mayflower Handprint Craft – Kids will be able to set sail once they raise their handprint sail on their Mayflower ship! This is a great way for them to learn about the pilgrims and their brave journey to a new world. This is a fun and simple way to learn history this Thanksgiving.
Turkey Handprint Card Craft – Your little turkeys can gobble up some fun and create a personalized handprint card this Thanksgiving!
Giving someone special in their life this handmade card is the perfect way to show gratitude for them. These keepsake cards are easy to make and are a sweet memory of the little hands that made them.
Thanksgiving Activities For Kids
Break out the watercolors and the paint brushes to have kids show off their artistic talents with this fun turkey art project! They’ll paint all the pieces of the turkey template and background how they like, then cut and paste them together on the background to complete their masterpiece.
Your little gobblers will have a blast making this fun Thanksgiving art and proud to display it as a festive decoration.
This Thanksgiving, print these turkey worksheets for some fun learning with the kids. With these three worksheets, kids will color and label a turkey, practice their handwriting by tracing the letter T, and recognize the letter T by navigating a letter maze. These printables help reinforce important skills like fine motor control, cutting, and more.
These turkey connect the dots printables are a fun activity to have ready for the kids to do while they’re waiting on Thanksgiving dinner!
These sheets will help kids practice their counting skills from 1 to 20 and improve their fine motor skills as they go dot to dot. Once they’ve connected all the turkeys together, they can relax and enjoy coloring them in. Grab the crayons and these free printables for a fun Thanksgiving activity!
If your kids love the book about the old lady who swallowed a turkey, then you need the companion worksheets! These There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey printables are a great complement to the funny book and will have kids working on order of events, following instructions, letter recognition, and fine motor skills!
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More Thanksgiving Ideas
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Ninja turkey template
- Download the turkey template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
- Begin by gluing the clothing decoration pieces in an "X" shape in the middle and bottom of the feathers.
- Take the wings and glue them on both sides of the "X" shape.
- Next, take the feet and glue them to the middle and bottom of the ninja turkey's feathers.
- Place the turkey's head in the middle of the feathers, above the "X" pieces.
- Glue the eyes in the middle of the face.
- Position the snood in the middle of the turkey's head, then glue it down. Glue the beak on top of the snood, in between the eyes.
- Finish up by gluing the headband to the top of the turkey's head.