Our preschool class did a great group project this year for Thanksgiving. Take 2 large sheets of poster board and draw a large turkey on it cut it out. Color the beak, wattles and feet. Take all your fall colors of tempera paint and have each child print their handprint all over the turkey (this becomes the feathers). We have some very small children in our program so it was much easier for the instructor to paint each child’s hand one at a time. It made a great classroom picture. For easy clean up add a few drops of liquid soap into the paint.
Thanksgiving Turkey Handprints
Paint the palm of the child’s hand brown include the thumb. Then paint the child’s fingers a different color (one red, one orange, etc.) Use fall colors. Make a print on construction paper. This can be repeated as many times as the child wants. When the paint is dry color in a waddle and eyes and beak. This gives you an adorable side view of a turkey and children and parents love it because it uses the child’s hand.
A Tie Turkey. Ask the parents/guardians to send in old neck ties for an art project. On a transparency, blow up a picture of a turkey. Leaving out the feathers trace the image onto large paper. Have the children color the turkey. Each child can then decorate a tie (using all kinds of collage materials) and these become the feathers on the turkey. It makes a great bulletin board display!
Give your children various sheets of construction paper to take home. Instruct the family to trace and cut out handprints of all the family members, including the child. When you receive the hand cut outs back at school, assemble them on a paper to look like feathers. On top of the feathers attach a pre-cut turkey head and body. When complete, label the picture the child’s family turkey.
Here is an idea for a turkey magnet. Make a turkey shape out of brown poster board. Make the back of the turkey circular. Glue different colored feathers onto the turkey’s back. Glue a wiggly eye on for the turkey’s eye. Glue two popsicle sticks and attach piece of magnet tape onto the back of the turkey. If you have a magnetic bulletin board or cabinet door, stick all the turkeys on it. They look cute grouped together. They also look great on mom’s refrigerator.