Don’t you just love fall? The beautiful colors of autumn leaves, the crisp, cool air, and of course the holiday food! All these things make us excited for Thanksgiving!
We’re gearing up for the holiday here with lots of fall and Thanksgiving-themed crafts and activities. Get your little turkeys excited for Thanksgiving with this really fun turkey art project.
They’ll love to show off their artistic abilities when they color in or paint this cute turkey! While they’re gobbling up the fun, they’ll also be working on their fine motor skills by holding the marker or paintbrush.
When your kiddos finish this art project, be sure to check out some more turkey activities for kids to keep them occupied all November long. They’ll love all the turkey crafts, games, and activities that are perfect for doing at home or in the classroom.
Easy Turkey Art Project
- White art paper or thick cardstock
- Turkey printable (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 on white art paper or thick cardstock.
Let the kids paint in all the pieces, then let them dry completely. Cut out all the pieces. If you want to use a watercolored background, then take a 2nd piece of white art paper and paint it for the sky background.
Create the turkey by gluing the eyes to the middle of the head.
Place the top of the snood right below the eyes and glue it in place. Then glue the beak on top of the snood.
Next, take the turkey’s head and neck piece and glue it to the main body.
Position the wings on either side of the body and glue them in place.
Glue the feet to the back and bottom of the turkey’s body.
Finally, glue the turkey’s body in the middle of the feathers.
Place the hill at the bottom of the background paper and glue it in place.
Finish up by gluing the turkey to the top of the hill.
Now that your kids have created this wonderful turkey masterpiece, check out our other Thanksgiving crafts that we’re sure they will love to create too!
Looking for some Thanksgiving fun and learning for your kids? Look no further than this Thanksgiving fun bundle! It’s packed with 79 pages of Thanksgiving-themed worksheets, do a dot printables, family activities, and more. This is the perfect way to get your kids excited about Thanksgiving and help them learn all about this special holiday. So don’t wait – grab the Thanksgiving printables bundle today!
Thanksgiving Ideas For Kids
Are you looking for some Thanksgiving fun with your kids? A great way to spend time with them is by doing some fun crafts and activities.
We have lots of Thanksgiving-themed ideas that will get them in the spirit and excited to learn about the holiday. Keep reading below to get ideas for different projects your kids would love to do this fall!
Kids’ Thanksgiving Books
This Thanksgiving break, why not curl up with your kids and a good book? Reading to your children has a number of benefits. First, it helps to foster a love of reading in them. Second, it gives you a chance to bond with your kids and create special memories. Third, it helps to improve their communication skills. And fourth, it exposes them to new and different ideas.
So this Thanksgiving break, make some time to read with your kids. It’s an activity that the whole family can enjoy and one that will reap benefits for years to come. Happy reading!
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 Crafts For Kids
Crafting is a great activity that provides children with opportunities to be creative and work on important skills.
It’s great for their development, and it’s a fun stress reliever. While they’re having fun, they are honing their fine motor skills, problem-solving skills, hand-eye coordination, and more.
Get your kids inspired to craft with these fun Thanksgiving crafts below.
Paper Plate Pilgrim – Have the kids learn all about the pilgrims when they make this fun paper plate craft! While they are crafting, you can ask them about all the things that they are thankful for. We love this craft because it uses basic supplies that we usually have around the house! Grab the free template to get started!
Mayflower Handprint Craft – Have your little sailors learn about the Mayflower ship and the journey the pilgrims made to the new world with this fun handprint craft! Trace those sweet little hands for the perfect sail that looks like it’s flying in the wind on their ship.
Pumpkin Turkey Craft – If you’re looking for a clever disguise for your turkey this Thanksgiving, try dressing him up like a pumpkin! He’ll stay safe from the dinner table, and your little ones will have fun making this fun and creative turkey craft. Our free template makes it easy to do this perfect fall craft in no time!
Corn Craft – This craft is corny but in a good way! Your preschoolers and kindergarteners will love this fun fall craft. It’s simple enough that little hands can easily make it all by themselves. This papercraft will provide some hands-on entertainment while also working on their fine motor skills.
Kids’ Thanksgiving Activities
I spy…a piece of pie! Have your kids pass the time by finding all the hidden pictures and puzzles in these Thanksgiving I Spy printables. It can be a leisurely activity or make it a game to race to see who can find all the hidden Thanksgiving items first! These fun printables will be perfect to have at the kids’ table while they wait for all the good food or any time around Thanksgiving.
If your kids have pattern block mats, they will love filling in the patterns on these Thanksgiving pattern block mats! These printables feature adorable Thanksgiving characters and objects that will help kids identify shapes and colors. To get the fun started, just print and laminate to use them again and again over the holiday.
Gobble up extra time with these turkey do a dot printables. They’ll keep your little turkeys busy learning this Thanksgiving. Use them to keep your little ones occupied while waiting on Thanksgiving dinner, or for some quiet learning time in the classroom.
Reveal three different turkeys with these turkey connect the dot printables. These connect the dots work on numbers 1-20 and letters a-i. Plus, once they’ve unveiled the full turkey, they can color in their pictures for some adorable Thanksgiving art!
- If your kids love Christmas crackers, they’ll want these Thanksgiving crackers filled with fun surprises!
- This turkey crayon holder is a cute table setting for the kids!
- Have the kids print and fill out this thankful for my teacher card.
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More Thanksgiving Ideas
- White art paper or thick cardstock
- Turkey printable
- Download the turkey template and print it out on white art paper or thick cardstock.
- Let the kids paint in all the pieces, then let them dry completely. Cut out all the pieces. If you want to use a watercolored background, then take a 2nd piece of white art paper and paint it for the sky background.
- Create the turkey by gluing the eyes to the middle of the head.
- Place the top of the snood right below the eyes and glue it in place. Then glue the beak on top of the snood.
- Next, take the turkey's head and neck piece and glue it to the main body.
- Position the wings on either side of the body and glue them in place.
- Glue the feet to the back and bottom of the turkey's body.
- Finally, glue the turkey's body in the middle of the feathers.
- Place the hill at the bottom of the background paper and glue it in place.
- Finish up by gluing the turkey to the top of the hill.