*A is for Acorn
*L is for Leaf
*T is for Turkey
*O is for Oak
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Ages 2.5 and older, preschool and
This is a very simple craft for young children to introduce or revisit
special and beloved North American bird, the turkey. It features two overlapping autumn oak leaves (ordinary oak) to represent the
turkey's feathers and tail; the turkey's head is an acorn, the oak's
fruit and seed. The oak tree is an important source of
food for wild turkeys -- acorns are one of their favorite treats.
This craft can help to enhance related children's literature, and your
choice of topics in the themes column.
Activity #2: Oak Leaves and Acorn Turkey Printable Craft (7
Make sure to review and include related learning activities below
to address and discuss the
different elements of the craft before and/or during craft assembly:
Printing / Assembly and Decoration Suggestions:
Note: The body template
(circle) can be glued to a CD.
Note: Review themes/ learning activities below below
that can be presented before, during and after assembly.
1. Printing option 1: Print color templates, cut
and assemble. Fold beak and place glue where indicated.
2. Printing option 2: Print all black & white templates
Suggestion 1: Children can color and cut out template pieces (assist
when needed). Fold beak and place glue where indicated.
Suggestion 2 : Cut out template pieces and trace, onto different colors craft paper
(older children may be able to this step themselves) - use autumn
colors if the activity is seasonal or,
Suggestion #3: Letters or numbers activity explained
Note: For children under 3 years of age pre-assemble/glue
the smallest templates: beak and waddle to the acorn ahead of
time -- this makes the craft easier to assemble leaving five large
Other ideas for decorating the craft:
Older children (ages 4.5 - 6) need more challenge to make the process
more interesting and explore other art techniques or simply set up
various materials and different brushes, sponge rollers, etc., and
allow them to discover ways to paint and decorate.
1. Mosaic: fill the body and/or leaf template with real oak leaves or crushed leaves in different colors. Fill the the
templates with cut up &
shapes of tissue paper, or left over craft paper, and cut out excess.
2. Use a sponge roller or pieces of sponges cut into basic
shapes, and mix shades and/or roll paint.
3. Use a dropper to paint the oak leaves.
4. Glue yarn to half of toilet paper tube in different designs,
roll the tube over a thin layer of paints and roll over the template
- really neat designs will be achieved. Messy? Yes,
but lots of fun.
5. Explore with stripes and color mixing.
Themes & Learning
Activities for Turkey Crafts
3. Plants: Trees | Seasons | Colors | Autumn
**Autumn Season: Why Leaves Turn Colors in Fall:
The COLORS in the OAK leaf and other elements of the craft helps us
discuss the changes that occur during the Autumn season and to
introduce why leaves "change colors"
template of the oak leaf has colors ranging from dark yellows
to a deep red --this is to demonstrate the seasonal changes
that occur as trees welcome and prepare for the onset of autumn
(colder climates). Discuss and
show real leaves that show these changes. Of course, this is a
very simplistic explanation for very young children.
Here is a detailed explanation of this process at KidZone.ws - Why
Leaves Turn Colors in Fall , which is suitable to an older
audience (6+ approx.), but still fun to explore and has great fun
You may want to visit this related activity that explores trees an online
activity: A Year in the Life of a Tree that richly
illustrates these seasonal changes. Other activities that
4. Alphabet skills for this craft:
*Letter A Acorn activities and
printables - long a sound (the fruit of the oak)
The turkey's head template is an ACORN the fruit (a type of nut) and the
produced by an OAK tree. Acorns are a favorite food of wild
Note: The acorn template has "HIDDEN upper
case letter A's. "Challenge" the children to find
the letter A's in the template, do not point to the acorn, but to find
any hidden letter A's after distributing the template page.
*Letter L is for Leaf:
The tail of the turkey craft is a pair of oak leaves in
Alphabet Letter O is Oak - United States National
Tree activities and printables
The tail is an OAK Leaf
pattern to celebrate the OAK tree. Alphabet:
Letter O is for Oak (long
The oak leaf in the turkey complements
and celebrates America's choice for a National Tree -- the OAK
tree. Introduce letter O is for Oak and additional
resources by Arborday.org (The National Arbor Day Foundation).
* T is for Turkey
Letters & Numbers: Color-by-the-Number or Color-by the
Before distributing the black & white template, write numbers or letters in the template pieces to represent
colors making it a color-by-the-number or color-by-the
letter activity. On a separate piece of paper (or on the
template page) make a simple
graph with the number or letters and the designated color so the
children can refer to it.
Shapes and Learning about Birds: The SHAPES of the
templates help us discuss the basic parts of the bird and more.
The beak (triangle), the body is an EGG (a sort of
oval), birds hatch from hard shelled eggs, the feet (stars),
the tail/feathers is shaped liked two ordinary type oak leaves -- only
birds have feathers. The head is an acorn, the fruit of the oak
tree and one the wild turkey's favorite food!
Leaves & Acorn Turkey Craft:
Black & White
Note: Instead of large leaf template glue real oak leaves to form the tail portion or fill the
black & white template with leaves.
* A is for Acorn
* L is for Leaf
* T is for Turkey
*O is for Oak