During the Thanksgiving season, kids love to read the funny adventure of a quirky old lady who swallowed a turkey in the book, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey!
Keep the fun of this popular children’s book going with this Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey craft! This companion craft is an engaging way for kids to immerse themselves in this hilarious book.
Our cornucopia of Thanksgiving crafts is overflowing with festive crafts your little turkeys will love! Be sure to check them out and save the ones that’ll be a hit with your kids.
Old Lady Turkey Craft Idea
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- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Old Lady Who Swallowed A Turkey template
- Download the template, print it, and cut out the pieces.
- Begin by gluing the hair to the top of the old lady's head.
- Take the eyes and glue them on both sides of the face, just above the undereye wrinkles.
- Next, take the eyebrows and glue them just above the eyes.
- Glue the mouth in the middle of the lower portion of the face.
- Color in the turkey and then glue him in the middle of the old lady's mouth.
- Place the head at the top of the shirt and glue it down.
- Position the hands so they're holding the turkey and glue them in place.
- Next, glue the old lady's hair tie on the lower part of her hair bun.
- Optionally: glue the sleeves to the end of the arms.
While kids make this craft, they can recall all the different things the old lady swallowed. They’ll work on fine motor skills, scissor skills, and following instructions when they complete this fun craft, too!
A few basic crafting supplies combined with our free template will easily bring the Old Lady to life. Keep reading below for everything you’ll need plus our step-by-step instructions.
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Old Lady Who Swallowed A Turkey template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to get the template)
Download the template, print it, and cut out the pieces.
Begin by gluing the hair to the top of the old lady’s head.
Take the eyes and glue them on both sides of the face, just above the undereye wrinkles.
Next, take the eyebrows and glue them just above the eyes.
Glue the mouth in the middle of the lower portion of the face.
Color in the turkey and then glue him in the middle of the old lady’s mouth.
Place the head at the top of the shirt and glue it down.
Position the hands so they’re holding the turkey and glue them in place.
Next, glue the old lady’s hair tie on the lower part of her hair bun.
Optionally: glue the sleeves to the end of the arms.
Be sure to check out all of our fun turkey crafts while you’re here, there’s sure to be plenty more that your kiddos will love making!
Ideas For Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to gather with loved ones, show gratitude, and indulge! Whether you’re at home or in the classroom, we have plenty of hands-on projects to get kids in the spirit of the season and educational activities that blend fun with learning to choose from.
Read on below for some of our favorite ideas for heartwarming books, crafts, and activities that promise fun while learning.
Choose the ones that your kids will be excited to do and get ready to make memories this holiday season!
More Thanksgiving Ideas
Thanksgiving Children’s Books
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 Paper Crafts
Grinch Turkey Disguise – Join Mr. Turkey in coming up with an awesome disguise! He’s tired of being the main course, so he’s decided to transform into the Grinch! Your little ones can help him out by using their creativity and fine motor skills!
Download our free template, gather some supplies, and let the crafting of the Grinch disguise begin!
Turkey Paper Cup Craft – This gobble-tastic craft will have kids transform a simple paper cup into an adorable turkey. This fun and easy project uses everyday materials so your little ones can enhance their hand-eye coordination and scissor skills while making a festive masterpiece!
Paper Bag Scarecrow Craft – Fall into fun with our paper bag puppet! This craft is ideal for preschool to elementary kids and only requires common craft supplies and our free scarecrow template. They’ll embrace the spirit of autumn by creating a new craft and they can do a little storytelling!
Paper Plate Turkey Craft – Get ready for a feast of creativity by turning a paper plate into a turkey! Your kiddos will gobble up the fun of making this turkey by painting, cutting, and gluing their masterpiece together. Grab the free template and an everyday paper plate!
Thanksgiving Activity Printables
For some festive coloring fun, download our turkey coloring pages! These pages feature four adorable designs, including turkeys donning pilgrim hats, bonnets, feather headbands, and a playful “Gobble ’till you Wobble” message.
Use these coloring pages for hours of fun for your little artists. They’re the perfect activity for quiet afternoons or holiday gatherings, so grab the crayons and these free printables for some festive fun.
Gobble up extra time and keep your little turkeys busy learning this Thanksgiving with these turkey do a dot printables. Use them to keep your little ones occupied while waiting on Thanksgiving dinner or for some quiet, learning time in the classroom.
This set of 27 worksheets includes dot coloring pages, dot the letter, dot the number, dot the object, dot the shape, and dot the beginning sounds pages.
When kids connect the dots on these turkey connect the dot printables, they’ll reveal 3 different turkeys! These connect the dots help kids work on numbers 1-20, letters a-i, and fine motor skills as they complete each illustration. Plus, once they’ve unveiled each full turkey, they can color in their pictures for some adorable Thanksgiving art!
Enhance early math and literacy skills seamlessly with this no-prep book companion. These There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey activities are perfect for little learners who adore this popular children’s book. They include coloring pages, handwriting practice, counting, and encourage story comprehension by coloring the objects the old lady swallows.
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