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Toilet Paper Roll Turkey Craft For Kids [Free Template]

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and that means it’s time to make some cute holiday crafts.

We recently made this toilet paper roll turkey craft in our home and it was a huge hit!

It is a great way to get rid of some of those toilet paper rolls you always have saved up plus it’s a fun activity for young kids of all ages.

If you want a simple and quick Thanksgiving craft to do with your kids or students, read or watch how to make this cute craft!

Try this fun project, then check out all of our turkey activities for kids for even more ideas.

Easy Turkey Craft

toilet paper roll turkey craft image collage with the words paper roll turkey

Supplies

Directions

Download the turkey template and print it out. Cut all the pieces out.

Cut your toilet paper roll in half. Take one half and cut 1″ deep slits on each side of the roll, making sure they are directly opposite from each other.

Glue the smaller feather piece to the larger feather piece.

Insert the feathers as far down into the slit you made in step 2 as they can go.

Glue the gold glitter hat band onto the black hat.

Glue the completed hat onto the top of the turkey’s head.

Right underneath the hat, glue the two turkey googly eyes.

Glue the wattle to the back of the beak, then glue both of them directly below the eyes.

Take the completed turkey body and place glue along the center of the lower body. Line up the bottom of the turkey body and the bottom of the toilet roll and glue into place.

That’s all there is to it! Isn’t this a fun and simple Thanksgiving craft for kids?!

Turkey Template Notes

Like most of our other templates, this turkey craft template has 2 different templates in the download.

Related: Paper Bag Turkey Craft

The first page of the template is best suited for use with one or two children. All of the turkey pieces are on one page. You simply print it out on white card stock, cut out then trace it onto the correct colored card stock. You’ll have to cut out twice, but you’ll save card stock if you use this template.

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The rest of the template pages are for use with multiple kids, like in a classroom, daycare, or library setting.

In this version, each piece is separated by the color paper it is to be printed on. Just print it out on the correct colored paper, then have kids cut out the pieces one time!

Fine Motor Skill Practice

These paper roll turkeys are not only fun but also help children work on their fine motor skills.

There’s a good amount of cutting in this craft, which helps strengthen the hand muscles and increase their scissor skills.

Gluing the small pieces in place, like on the face, also helps the kids work on precision and details.

Customizing This Craft

One of our favorite things to see is how kids can make a craft all their own! With this turkey craft, a few options came to mind.

First, you can let your child select the feather colors of their choice. Classic colors like brown, yellow, orange and red are nice but don’t feel constrained to pick those ones. Let your child choose some of their favorite colors to make their turkey totally unique.

Like the feathers, you can also change up the color of the turkey’s hat and hat band. Try a pink pilgrim’s hat with a blue glittery band.

Allowing your child (or student) to customize their turkey will allow for greater self-expression and will help them be even more excited to make this fun craft!

Thanksgiving Unit For Kids

Want to create an entire Thanksgiving unit study around this turkey craft? If so, keep reading below for our favorite ideas!

Reading out loud helps kids’ attention and listening skills, problem-solving, curiosity, and excitement for learning–all of which help children become better readers! That’s why we suggest starting each unit with 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!

Crafting with kids is a great activity. It helps them practice their fine motor skills, exercise creativity, and relieve stress. It’s also fun and allows them to spend quality time with family! Add in some more crafting with these easy projects:

Get some hands-on sensory play started with this pumpkin patch play dough kit. It’s loaded with fun trinkets that are perfect for fall!

Share With Us

We love seeing how your crafts turn out! If you made this paper roll turkey and want to share it with us, snap a picture!

Head over to our Facebook page and post your picture or join our private Facebook group and show us in there!

More Thanksgiving Ideas

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Paper Roll Turkey Craft For Kids

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

Make this easy and fun paper roll turkey craft for Thanksgiving!

Materials

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Colored card stock (in brown, black, glitter gold, red, orange & yellow)
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue stick
  • Turkey template (download form located at the end of the post)

Tools

  • Scissors

Instructions

    1. Download the turkey template and print out. Cut all the pieces out.
    2. Cut your toilet paper roll in half. Take one half and cut 1" deep slits on each side of the roll, making sure they are directly opposite from each other.
    3. Glue the smaller feather piece to the larger feather piece.
    4. Insert the feathers as far down into the slit you made in step 2 as they can go.
    5. Glue the gold glitter hat band onto the black hat.
    6. Glue the completed hat onto the top of the turkey's head.
    7. Right underneath the hat, glue the two turkey googly eyes.
    8. Glue the wattle to the back of the beak, then glue both of them directly below the eyes.
    9. Take the completed turkey body and place glue along the center of the lower body. Line up the bottom of the turkey body and the bottom of the toilet roll and glue into place.

Free Turkey Template

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Ashley

Thursday 28th of November 2019

Awesome thanks for sharing

Sam T

Thursday 28th of November 2019

You're welcome! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Carion Melton

Tuesday 26th of November 2019

Love it. Thank you!

Sam T

Tuesday 26th of November 2019

You're welcome!

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