Thanksgiving will be here soon, and the kids are looking forward to all the fun holiday activities coming up.
But you know who’s not looking forward to Thanksgiving?? Yep, Mr. Turkey sure isn’t.
He wants to disguise himself so he can stay off the Thanksgiving table. The kids can help him do that by giving him a scarecrow turkey disguise!
Kids will have a blast helping their paper turkey go incognito with this super cute printable.
After the kids have helped Mr. Turkey stay safe, be sure to check out all of our fun turkey disguise project ideas!
Scarecrow Disguise A Turkey Project
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Black marker
- Scarecrow turkey template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)
Download the scarecrow turkey template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
Begin to make the scarecrow’s hat by gluing the patch somewhere on the hat. Then use a black marker to draw stitching lines around it.
Take the hat and glue the hair on the outermost ends of the hat, on the back side. You want to be sure to make it as wide as possible so you can see the turkey’s face.
Next, start working on the turkey by gluing the eyes in the middle of the head, above the mouth.
Place the nose in the middle, between the eyes and mouth, and glue it in place.
Grab the completed hat and hair piece and glue it to the top of the turkey’s head.
Glue the scarecrow’s shirt to the main portion of the turkey. Optionally, add a patch to the shirt and use the black marker to draw on the stitching lines again.
Position the turkey’s feet, with the toes pointed up, and glue them to the bottom of the shirt.
Finish up by gluing the completed turkey body to the middle of the feathers!
Isn’t this such a sneaky disguise that’s great for fall?!
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Thanksgiving Ideas For Kids
You can help the kids get excited and learn all about Thanksgiving by doing crafts and activities. If you’re looking for some Thanksgiving fun for the kids to do, we’ve got you covered.
We have a variety of projects and activities that will keep your kids learning and engaged. Read on below for our favorite Thanksgiving ideas to do with your kiddos!
Kids’ Thanksgiving Books
When you read aloud to your kids, it’s like you’re giving them a precious gift. Not only are you exposing them to new and wonderful words, but you’re also helping them to develop their imaginations. As they listen to you describe the characters and situations in the story, they’ll start to build their own mental pictures.
In addition, reading aloud helps kids to develop their listening skills and attention spans. And of course, it’s also a great way to bond with your kids and create cherished memories. So next time you’re looking for something fun and meaningful to do with your kids, why not crack open a book?
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!
Thanksgiving Kids’ Craft Ideas
Crafting is beneficial for kids to develop their fine motor skills, gain decision-making skills, and learn how to follow instructions.
Kids learn about counting, patterns, shapes, and colors when they craft. It is also a way for kids to express themselves, even when they can’t with words. Kids can take pride in their completed projects which can build confidence.
Add in more crafts with these Thanksgiving ideas:
Pumpkin Craft for Preschoolers – Your little ones will love creating this pumpkin craft! This festive pumpkin is perfect for fall and Thanksgiving. Your preschoolers will not only have fun putting this cute little guy together but also develop necessary skills.
They’ll work on their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and following directions. We have advanced or basic templates to choose from depending on how many steps your kiddos can follow.
Paper Plate Turkey Craft – Turn an ordinary paper plate into a super cute turkey! It’s a simple craft that requires only a few supplies. Your little artists will love painting the body of the turkey and then gluing the other parts onto it. This craft will help them work on their fine motor skills and review colors.
Paper Bag Scarecrow Craft – This is the cutest paper bag puppet for you to make with your kids. It’s a fun fall craft that’s perfect for preschool, kindergarten, and elementary-aged children. All you need are a few inexpensive craft supplies and this free printable template for your kids to make this puppet they’ll enjoy making and playing pretend with.
Toilet Paper Roll Turkey Craft – This is a quick and easy Thanksgiving craft to do with your kids at home or in the classroom. Recycle those toilet paper rolls by turning them into a cute turkey! This craft is great for kids in preschool and kindergarten. Print out the free template to get to creating your little one’s own turkey.
Kids’ Thanksgiving Activities
For a creative project in no time, grab the crayons and these Thanksgiving color by number printables. They’ll help kids with number recognition, and other skills such as color recognition, fine motor skills, and following directions. Get 6 different designs to celebrate the holiday with when you download this coloring sheet set.
If your kids love to play with blocks, they will love these Thanksgiving pattern block mats. This virtually no-prep activity will keep them busy and learning problem-solving and planning skills. This is a great activity to also help kids develop their fine motor skills, learn shapes, colors, and more. Be sure to laminate the worksheets for repeated use!
Incorporate Thanksgiving into learning with these turkey do a dot printables. Kids will enjoy working on these pages all while working on counting, fine motor skills, letter T recognition, and more. This is a great activity to keep preschoolers and kindergarteners busy at home or in the classroom.
For a fun activity to do while waiting on Thanksgiving dinner or during classroom time, check out these turkey connect the dots printables! These sheets will help kids practice counting from 1 to 20 without skipping any numbers. Going dot to dot will also hone their fine motor skills. They’ll have a blast connecting all the turkeys together!
More Thanksgiving Fun
- This fall bingo set is great for family or classroom fun!
- Have the kids wear this cute little turkey t-shirt for the big day.
- Set out these Thanksgiving temporary tattoos on the kids’ table!
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More Thanksgiving Ideas
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Black marker
- Scarecrow turkey template
- Download the scarecrow turkey template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
- Begin to make the scarecrow's hat by gluing the patch somewhere on the hat. Then use a black marker to draw stitching lines around it.
- Take the hat and glue the hair on the outermost ends of the hat, on the back side. You want to be sure to make it as wide as possible so you can see the turkey's face.
- Next, start working on the turkey by gluing the eyes in the middle of the head, above the mouth.
- Place the nose in the middle, between the eyes and mouth, and glue it in place.
- Grab the completed hat and hair piece and glue it to the top of the turkey's head.
- Glue the scarecrow's shirt to the main portion of the turkey. Optionally, add a patch to the shirt and use the black marker to draw on the stitching lines again.
- Position the turkey's feet, with the toes pointed up, and glue them to the bottom of the shirt.
- Finish up by gluing the completed turkey body to the middle of the feathers!