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Paper Plate Turkey Craft For Kids [Free Template]

Thanksgiving is a unique holiday that’s perfectly suited for teaching kids about gratitude!

Families across the US gather together, share a special meal and talk about all the things they’re grateful for.

After the big meal, why not come together and make this paper plate turkey craft? It’s a simple way to build special family memories and get the kids thinking about their blessings!

Read or watch our step-by-step video tutorial below to see how easy it is to make with your kids.

Also, be sure to look through all of our turkey activities for kids!

Turkey Craft For Preschoolers

paper plate turkey craft collage with the words turkey craft for kids in the middle

Paper plate crafts are some of kids’ favorite activities because they love seeing something ordinary transform into a cool new art project!

Moms love them because they’re simple, only require a few supplies, and are great for a wide variety of young children.

If your kids love paper plate crafts where they paint, they’ll especially love this turkey craft.

Supplies

Directions

Download the turkey craft template, print, and cut out the pieces.

Paint the paper plate brown and let dry completely.

hand painting paper plate brown

Glue the turkey wing in the center of the paper plate.

hands gluing wing onto paper plate turkey craft

Assemble the turkey head by gluing the eyes towards the top of the head.

hands gluing eyes onto paper plate turkey craft

Glue the snood onto the beak, then use scissors to trim the excess off.

pieces of paper plate turkey craft

Glue the beak onto the head, just below the eyes.

hands gluing beak onto paper plate turkey craft

Glue the completed turkey head onto the paper plate.

hands gluing head onto paper plate turkey craft

Position the feathers along the backside of the paper plate and glue them in place.

hands gluing feathers onto paper plate turkey craft

Place the feet at the bottom of the paper plate and glue.

hands gluing feet onto paper plate turkey craft

That’s all the steps to make a simple turkey paper plate craft for kids!

Related: Handprint Turkey Craft

This craft is so simple and works great for toddlers (with help of course), preschoolers and kindergarten children.

Inside the template download, there are two different versions. One is for home use with just a couple of kids. You’ll print it out on white card stock, then trace the pieces onto the colored card stock of your choice.

paper plate turkey craft

The other version has multiple copies of the same piece all organized by the colored paper it should be printed on.

This type is great for doing in classrooms, daycares, and library storytime. You’ll just print it out directly onto the colored card stock. The kids won’t need to trace any pieces and they’ll only have to cut them out one time.

Thankful Turkey Craft

As moms, we’re always trying to find ways to help our children recognize the abundance of blessings present in their lives.

With young kids, it’s not always easy, but this turkey craft can help!

two paper plate turkey crafts

If you want to turn this craft into a gratitude turkey, all you need to do is add the things your child is thankful for onto the turkey’s feathers.

We used a black sharpie, but you can use whatever you have at home.

Sometimes it’s hard for kids to answer the question, “What are you thankful for?”, so we thought we’d give you a list of a few questions that may help you child think of things in a new way.

paper plate turkey craft

Ask them questions like:

  • What’s your favorite toy?
  • What’s your favorite thing to do?
  • What made you smile today?
  • What’s the best thing about your house/room?
  • Who do you like spending time with?
  • What’s your favorite food?

Hopefully, these questions will get the ball rolling and your child thinking of all the amazing blessings they have in their life!

This craft would be perfect for the kids to do while Thanksgiving dinner is being cooked. It’ll keep them occupied and then during dinner, they’ll be able to share with the family all the things they’re thankful for!

paper plate turkey craft

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More Thanksgiving Ideas

paper plate turkey craft

Paper Plate Turkey Craft

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Drying Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Kids will have fun making this paper plate turkey on Thanksgiving Day!

Materials

  • Paper plate
  • Brown acrylic paint
  • Colored card stock (in brown, yellow, red, orange)
  • White card stock
  • Kraft paper
  • Glue stick
  • Paper plate turkey craft template

Tools

  • Paint brush
  • Scissors

Instructions

    1. Download the turkey craft template, print, and cut out the pieces.
    2. Paint the paper plate brown and let dry completely.
    3. Glue the turkey wing in the center of the paper plate.
    4. Assemble the turkey head by glueing the eyes towards the top of the head.
    5. Glue the snood onto the beak, then use scissors to trim the excess off.
    6. Glue the beak onto the head, just below the eyes.
    7. Glue the completed turkey head onto the paper plate.
    8. Position the feathers along the back side of the paper plate and glue in place.
    9. Place the feet at the bottom of the paper plate and glue.

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