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Turkey Craft | Oak and Acorn Theme | Thanksgiving
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities

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This is a very simple craft for young children to introduce or revisit a very special and beloved North American bird, the turkey. It featurestwo 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.

Turkey Craft | Oak and Acorn Theme | Thanksgiving
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities
Activity 3 >Oak leaves and Acorn Turkey Printable Craft(7 pieces)

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:

Printing option 1: Print color templates,
cut and assemble. Fold beak and place glue where indicated.

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 do this step themselves) - use autumn colors if the activity is seasonal or,

Suggestion 3: Letters or numbers activity explained below.

Note: For children under 3 years of age pre-assemble and glue the smallest templates: beak and waddle to the acorn.

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. Explore with stripes and color mixing.

Alphabet Printable Activities

    Letter A Acorn > long a sound (the fruit of the oak)
    The turkey's head template is an ACORN the fruit (a type of nut) and the seed produced by an OAK tree.

    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 autumn colors.
  • Letter O is Oak (long o sound)
    The oak leaves in the turkey's tail complements and celebrates America's choice for a National Tree -- the OAK tree.
  • T is for Turkey

Letters or numbers practice > Color-by-the-Number or Color-by the Letter Activities
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 a favorite food of wild turkeys.

Oak Leaves & Acorn Turkey Craft
oak leaves acorn turkey craft
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Color version
#1 & #2

Black & White
#1 & #2

Alphabet Printable Activities
letter a acorn printable activitis
A is for Acorn

letter l leaf printable activities
L is for Leaf

letter t turkey printable activities
T is for Turkey

letter o oak printable activities
O is for Oak