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Turkey Craft | Handprints | Autumn | Thanksgiving
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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.

Turkey Craft | Handprints | Autumn | Thanksgiving
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities
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.

All Versions:

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 required.
-Fold the feet template on the center dotted line so color is showing on both sides
-Insert the folded feet template on the center round portion up to the dotted line of template #1 (body) or folded paper plate andstaple at least twice in place -- refer to the illustration for positioning (Note: glue will not hold the pieces in place).
-Turn and fold the feet upward on both sides to stand on the dotted lines. For reinforcement, glue a small piece of cardboard or card stock to the feet base.

3. While adult is completing step 2 of the feet assembly, children can glue the beak, comb (crest), and wattles on the head template. Note: Fold beak along the center line and place glue where indicated -- the beak will open and close.

4. Glue assembled head to right or left corner of body template (this will depend in which direction the feet were positioned and stapled.

5. Handprints (or alternative feathers) Assembly Instructions:
Small Version: Glue one handprints on each side of the body template. This step is important because one handprint (feather) on each side will create balance so the finished craft can stand up. Bend the the handprints slightly one way and the other to make the craft more realistic and stable.
Note: If gluing other alternatives - elongated ovals or feathers, for example, glue same amount on both sides to maintain balance.

Large Version: Same procedure as above except you may glue more handprints (up to six) to fill up as the illustration shows - not to exceed 3 handprints on each side or it will be too heavy and not stand.

Other ideas for decorating:

Older children 4.5, 5 and 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. Painting the paper plate, or body template and remaining templates is an opportunity to explore other techniques:

1. Mosaic: 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
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.

Make the crafts and use as name signs/table setting for a theme unit or part.

Handprints TurkeyCraft
Large Version
handrpints turkey craft large version
Illustration only
Large version

(+4 handprints)

Color #1 & #2

Black & White #1 & #2

HandprintsStand-up TurkeyCraft
Small Version
handprints turkey craft small version
Illustration only
Small version template
(+2 handprints)


Black & White

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