We’re so excited that Thanksgiving is just around the corner! We love everything about this time of year, from the cooler weather to spending time with family and of course, the delicious food.
Another great thing about Thanksgiving is all the time to do crafts like this turkey handprint craft.
These little turkeys are so cute and they make a great decoration for your Thanksgiving table!
Plus, they’re a fun way for kids to get involved in the holiday preparations. So grab some paper and some paint and let’s get started!
Also, be sure to check out all of our turkey activities for kids for even more ideas.
Turkey Handprint Craft
If you’ve never made any handprint art and crafts with your kids, you’re really in for a treat.
It’s such a great way to get your kids’ creativity flowing and work on things like fine motor skills without them having a clue they’re doing it!
Plus, they’ll be so proud when they’ve each made their own little turkey memento.
Turkey Handprint Supplies
Download and print the turkey template. Cut each piece out.
Glue the light brown turkey belly onto the turkey’s body.
Glue the turkey beak to the middle of the turkey’s head.
Secure the snood (the red piece) to the top, side of the turkey’s beak with glue.
Glue the paper eyeballs or googly eyes to the turkey’s head, above the beak.
Glue the yellow feet onto each side of the bottom of the turkey’s body.
Trace your child’s hand onto the colored card stock of your choice (these will be the turkey’s feathers) and cut them all out.
Fan out the colored handprints out, then glue the completed turkey onto the handprints.
That’s it! Isn’t this the cutest handprint turkey craft ever?!
Now just sit back and admire the adorable turkey handprint characters your kids made!
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!
Turkey Template Notes
With the majority of our crafts, we offer two different templates in the download.
The first page is for use at home with 1-2 children. All the pieces are on one page and are to be printed on white card stock. After it’s printed, you’ll cut out the template, trace it onto the colored paper you need, then cut it out a second time.
The upside to using this template is that you’ll save your colored paper so you can use it for future projects. The downside is you have to cut out twice and trace one time.
The second part of the template is for multiple children in a classroom, daycare or library setting. Instead of all the pieces being on one page, they’re separated based on the colored paper they’re to be printed on.
When you use this template, the kids (or adults) will only need to cut out the pieces once!
Adapting For Younger Kids
This craft is perfect for elementary-aged children who are able to trace, and use scissors and glue sticks without much adult assistance.
If you have younger kids or students, you can still use this handprint craft.
One suggestion we recommend is to have all the turkey pieces pre-cut and ready to assemble.
This way, the kids won’t all need help cutting out the pieces at the same time. Instead, they’ll be able to jump right in and begin gluing the turkey body together.
Be sure to keep in mind that young children will still need adult help to trace their hands and cut out each of the handprints.
We also suggest googly eyes over the paper eyes if you have them because they really give this craft depth and dimension. Plus, kids just love them!
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More Thanksgiving Activities
Don’t let the Thanksgiving fun stop here! The festive season is the perfect time to create lasting memories. From sharing a good book to crafting homemade decorations, your kids will love getting in the holiday spirit.
Get creative and have a blast with some of our favorite Thanksgiving activities below!
Kids’ Thanksgiving Books
Reading out loud to kids is so beneficial for their development. When you read to kids, they learn to focus, develop new vocabulary, and develop a love of reading. For those reasons and more, we recommend starting 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
Making crafts with kids is a great way to practice fine motor skills, engage creativity, and have fun! Add in more with some of our favorite ideas:
Pumpkin Craft For Preschoolers – Fall is finally here, which means it’s time to break out the pumpkin crafts! This easy project is perfect for young kids, and it’s guaranteed to get them into the spirit of the season. All you need is some construction paper, scissors, and glue.
Turkey Popsicle Stick Craft – These cute little turkeys are the perfect craft to make with the kids this Thanksgiving! You can even turn them into a cute little magnet for the fridge too!
Paper Bag Corn Craft – This corn craft is a fun and easy way for kids to show off their imagination and creativity! All you need is a brown paper bag, some paper, and glue.
Disguise A Turkey Printable – It’s that time of year again- time to start thinking about disguising the ol’ turkey! This year, why not try something different and make a Forky, Pikachu, Pete the Cat, or Among Us character? With this printable, it’s easy and fun for kids of all ages to do!
Fun Thanksgiving Ideas
Our Thanksgiving pattern block mats are perfect for getting your kids into STEM activities! Each mat features a colorful and playful Thanksgiving theme for kids to complete using their favorite toy blocks. Plus, this activity is great for helping them learn about shapes, patterns, and colors!
Do your little ones love coloring? Then, they’ll love our Thanksgiving color by number printables! This easy, no-prep activity is perfect for keeping little kids busy.
As they color in the pages, they can also practice counting and number recognition! These printables are a great way to entertain your kids during the holiday season.
Download these Thanksgiving do a dot printables for a fun take on learning. With these pages, kids can learn about counting, shapes, and more – all while having a ton of fun! Don’t worry if you don’t have dot markers; kids can use buttons, pom poms, and other fun objects to fill in the gaps instead.
Try our Thanksgiving worksheets for kids if you want to combine traditional education with something a little more creative.
With each activity, your kids can develop their fine motor skills, such as practicing handwriting and pattern making. Education doesn’t have to be boring with these fun and engaging worksheets!
Have your kids practice their ABCs with this set of Thanksgiving alphabet worksheets. Each page has fun and festive images to help keep them engaged while learning! From beginning sounds to upper and lower case letters, young learners can practice letter recognition with these seasonal worksheets.
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More Thanksgiving Ideas For Kids
- Colored cardstock or paper
- Glue stick
- Turkey template
- Download and print the turkey template. Cut each piece out.
- Glue the light brown turkey belly onto the turkey's body.
- Glue the turkey beak to the middle of the turkey's head.
- Secure the snood (the red piece) to the top, side of the turkey's beak with glue.
- Glue the paper eyeballs or googly eyes to the turkey's head, above the beak.
- Glue the yellow feet onto each side of the bottom of the turkey's body.
- Trace your child's hand onto the colored card stock of your choice (these will be the turkey's feathers) and cut them all out.
- Fan out the colored handprints out, then glue the completed turkey onto the handprints.