Looking for ways to fill the days and keep young children busy between Halloween and Thanksgiving? Why not bust out some paper plates, construction paper, and googly eyes, and start creating some adorable turkeys just in time for the big feast!
Rocking Paper Plate and Handprint Turkey Craft
Source: Kids Craft Room
This Thanksgiving craft uses a brown paper plate for the turkey, and another paper plate folded in half, and attached to the back to create a kids craft that stands on its own, and rocks back and forth. Kids trace their handprints onto paper or cardstock in any color of their choosing, and attach to the plate with glue for the turkey feathers. Googly eyes, and a triangle beak complete this colorful turkey. Great for preschoolers and kindergarteners!
Kids Craft Room has the full tutorial.
Paper Plate Turkey Template Craft For Kids
Source: Simple Everyday Mom
This paper plate craft gives you a full turkey body, rather than just the turkey head and feathers. Start by tracing the template onto paper or cardstock, and cutting out the different pieces. Paint a paper plate brown for the turkey body, and assemble the eyes, beak, snood, and wing from the template. Add feet, along with red, orange, and yellow tail feathers and you're done! Bonus: make this craft into a Thanksgiving activity by having kids write things they're thankful for on the turkey feathers!
Step-by-step instructions provided at Simple Everyday Mom.
Blot Painted Paper Plate Turkey
Source: Red Ted Art.
How about a turkey craft that keeps kids busy while they wait for Thanksgiving dinner? This easy craft requires minimal effort, but delivers beautiful, unique results. Start by simply dropping dots of different colored paint onto the top half of a paper plate, and folding in half. Allow paint to dry, cut along the fold, and glue one half of the plate in front of the other half to create the turkey feathers. A simple cardboard triangle and googly eyes round out this fun Thanksgiving craft.
Find the tutorial over at Red Ted Art.
Tissue Paper Paper Plate Turkey
Source: Crafty Morning
This little turkey uses tissue paper to create colorful turkey feathers, and makes a fun art project for young children. Apply glue onto a paper plate with a paint brush, and have kids attach tissue paper feathers all over. Then, add a turkey body with brown construction paper, draw some eyes, and make a paper beak, feet, and wattle, and this kids craft is ready to be displayed on the fridge!
Craft list and how-to guide can be found at Crafty Morning.
Paper Plate Turkey Wreath
Source: The Resourceful Mama
A turkey wreath is another craft that can double as a gratitude exercise. Cut out the middle of a paper plate, and use brown paint to make the wreath. On alternating colors of paper, write things you're grateful for, then make them into loops, and attach to the paper plate. Add a turkey body, use orange pipe cleaners for feet, and voila! A sweet turkey craft you can hang on your door, wall, or mirror!
Find the full tutorial at The Resourceful Mama.
Simple Paper Plate Turkey Craft
Source: All Kids Network
This simple fall craft is made by painting a paper plate brown and gluing alternating orange, yellow, and red paper to the back side of the paper plate for tail feathers. Add googly eyes, a wattle, beak, and feet, and you've got a classic turkey craft ready to display all November long.
Find the full tutorial and instructions at All Kids Network.