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Paper Bag Turkey Craft For Kids

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Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays for helping children be mindful of the abundance in their lives.

We take some time during this season to sit and reflect on our greatest blessings in life. For many of us, one of the best things we have is our family.

And one of our favorite ways of celebrating family is to sit down together and do a fun activity like this brown paper bag turkey craft!

It’s a simple craft that will bring the family together, allow for creative expression and set the tone for the Thanksgiving season.

Read on below or watch our video to see how simple it is to make this turkey at home or in the classroom!

Brown Paper Bag Turkey

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We love easy kids crafts and activities like this one, because all you need to make it is paper and a brown paper bag!

Supplies

  • Brown paper bag
  • Colored card stock (in shades of red, orange, yellow and blue)
  • Black marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Turkey template (download form at the end of the page)

Directions

Download the turkey template and print out all the pieces. Cut these out and set aside.

Prepare the brown paper bag for the craft by cutting off about 3″ on the bottom.

If you’re making your turkey body blue, measure the top flap of your paper bag and the bottom half of your paper bag. Trace these dimensions onto the blue paper and cut out. If you’re leaving your turkey brown, jump to step 5.

Glue the blue cardstock onto the top flap of the brown paper bag and to the bottom half of the paper bag.

Secure the turkey’s beak to the bottom of the brown paper bag’s flap with glue, so half of it is hanging off.

Glue the red turkey’s snood on to the top, side of the turkey’s beak.

Glue or draw on the turkey’s eyes above the beak.

Arrange the turkey feathers in a fan along the back side of the brown paper bag. Once you’re happy with the arrangement, glue them in place.

You’re done!

This paper bag turkey craft is a fun and simple activity that will provide your child with fun play time even after it’s completed.

We think this is a perfect craft to have set up and ready to go for the kids table at Thanksgiving dinner. While the adults are mingling and dinner is cooking, you can let the kids make their own turkeys and then they can play with them.

Have them tell a story or go around a circle of all the children and let their turkeys tell something they are grateful for.

There are so many uses to this cute turkey craft!

Turkey Puppet Notes

First off, you may be wondering why we chose to make a blue turkey! The answer is simple: we love adding color and vibrancy whenever possible.

And, did you know, there are some turkeys that have blue faces and necks? Granted, we took artistic liberty to make it much more blue than they actually have, but it makes the whole craft way more fun!

brown paper bag turkey craft

If you don’t like the blue turkey or you want to simplify this craft, by all means keep the brown paper bag undecorated. This will give you a more traditional turkey look that fits in perfectly with fall and Thanksgiving!

2 paper bag turkey crafts

In one of the first steps of this paper bag turkey craft we suggested cutting off a few inches from the page. This is entirely optional. We prefer cutting them down because they make the puppet look more proportional and cuter!

Don’t just stop at what we’ve suggested! If you want to make your turkeys extra fancy, you can use markers to draw the veins on the feathers or make eyelashes for your female turkeys. You can also add embellishments like glitter, craft feathers or giant googly eyes to make your turkey extra special and unique!

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Did you make this turkey craft with your kids or students? We love seeing how yours turn out.

Take a picture (extra points if you have a video) and post it to our Facebook page or share it in our private Facebook group.

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Brown Paper Bag Turkey Craft

Brown Paper Bag Turkey Craft

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Learn how to make this cute paper bag turkey craft with your kids or students this Thanksgiving season!

Materials

  • Brown paper bag
  • Colored card stock (in shades of red, orange, yellow and blue)
  • Black marker
  • Glue stick
  • Turkey template (download form at the end of the page)

Tools

  • Scissors

Instructions

    1. Download the turkey template and print out all the pieces. Cut these out and set aside.
    2. Prepare the brown paper bag for the craft by cutting off about 3" on the bottom.
    3. If you're making your turkey body blue, measure the top flap of your paper bag and the bottom half of your paper bag. Trace these dimensions onto the blue paper and cut out. If you're leaving your turkey brown, jump to step 5.
    4. Glue the blue cardstock onto the top flap of the brown paper bag and to the bottom half of the paper bag.
    5. Glue the turkey's beak to the bottom of the brown paper bag's flap, so half of it is hanging off.
    6. Glue the red turkey's snood on to the top, side of the turkey's beak.
    7. Glue or draw on the turkey's eyes above the beak.
    8. Arrange the turkey feathers in a fan along the back side of the brown paper bag. Once you're happy with the arrangement, glue them in place.

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