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
- Colored card stock or construction paper
- Googly eyes
- Glue stick
- Turkey template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)
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?!
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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.
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 the 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!
Kids’ Thanksgiving Crafts
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:
Turkey Headband Craft – This turkey craft is perfect for kids to make from paper or color in the black and white version. The best part is that it only takes a few minutes to make and your kids will love wearing it! Simply print out the template and get started today.
Paper Plate Pilgrim Craft – Grab the paint and the rest of the craft supplies so kids can make these adorable pilgrims! They’re helpful for kids to practice fine motor skills and scissor skills.
Ballerina Turkey Disguise Craft – Ms. Turkey is a crafty bird. Each year, she avoids being the main course at Thanksgiving by disguising herself. This year, Ms. Turkey is wearing a pink tutu and leotard. Her feathers have been brushed and styled into a perfect bun. And she’s even wearing a pair of ballet slippers! Make this cute craft and keep her safe this Thanksgiving!
Pumpkin Paper Craft – This pumpkin paper craft is the perfect activity for kids to do leading up to Thanksgiving. It’s simple enough for even the youngest crafters to handle, and it’s a fun way to get them into the Thanksgiving mode!
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!
More Thanksgiving Ideas
- 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)
- Download the turkey template and print 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.