Turkey Craft | Handprints | Autumn | Thanksgiving
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities
Alphabet > Crafts > Letter T | Animals > Birds > Farm > Turkey | Holidays & Events > Jan. 5th > Nat'l Bird day - April > Arbor
Day - May 4th > Bird Day - Oct. in Canada Nov. in the U.S.A. > Thanksgiving | Plants > Trees | Seasons > Autumn
Activities 1 & 2 > Visit lesson plans and resources for > What is a turkey? and What is Thanksgiving?
Review the themes column for related themes for this craft.
This craft is available in two size versions that can help introduce the turkey. The smaller version is easier for younger children. A set of large and small version can be made to make a turkey family. It can be assembled in various ways and the process can be made more challenging and creative depending on the age of the children.
Activity 3 > Handprints Turkey Craft (small & large versions)
It is important that the craft be printed on heavy duty construction paper or card stock in order to stand up. The pieces can also be traced onto thin paper plates and then cut out and assembled.
Both crafts can be assembled by replacing template #1 (body) for a standard thin (10" to 8") paper plate and the small version can be assembled by using a 6"-5" small thin paper plate.
The feathers are created by doing handprint cut-outs or painted handprints that are later cut-out. Other options for the feathers are: craft feathers, or cut elongated ovals in different sizes of decorative paper and or tissue paper (recycle). Visit the craft version with autumn colors maple leaves.
Printing & Assembly Options:
Trace or paint and cut out 2 handprints for small plate
Trace or paint and cut out out 4-8 handprints for large version.
Option 1: Print all color templates and proceed to assembly instructions below
Option 2: Print all black & white templates and proceed to assembly instructions below
Option 3: Large version only
Use a thin paper plate instead of template #1 and draw and cut out a head separately.
Print template #2 & #3 color version
Paint/decorate the back of the paper plate in the color desired, wait until plate is dry and proceed with assembly as described below.
Option 4: Large version only
* Print template 1 (black & white version) directly onto your color choice of construction paper or craft paper
* Print template #2 (b/w) onto a complimentary color or print #2 white paper and color these pieces separately or
Option 5: Small Version Only
Use an paint the back of a small paper plate instead of the black&white circle in template #1.
Children can color and decorate all other templates and pieces proceed with assembly described below.
Assembly Instructions Suggested:
*At this point all template pieces and/or paper plate should be decorated and hand prints are ready.
1. Fold template #1 (body) or paper plate in half, color is showing on both sides.
2. Feet and Body assembly: Adult
will have to do most of this part of the assembly - a stapler is
Large version templates|
Color #1 & #2
Black & White #1 & #2