Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts

Multi-colored Turkey hand

Paint the child’s palm brown and then paint each finger using one color for each finger: red, green, yellow, and orange. Have child press hand on a piece of paper. After the paint dries you can add the eye, beak, and that little red dangle thing under the beak.

Keepsake version: Instead of using paper and tempera paint use fabric paint and have kids press on a piece of cloth that you trimmed the edges with zig-zag scissors. Write “Thanksgiving 2017” on the bottom to make a craft that is colorful and keepable!!!

Paper Bag Turkeys

Give each child a brown paper grocery bag (any size) and several sheets of newspaper. Have the children crumple the sheets of newspaper and stuff them into their bags until the bags are half full. Twist the bags closed and tie them around the middle with pieces of yarn. To make tails for their paper bag turkeys, have the children make several cuts from the top edges of their bags down to the yarn ties. Let the children let the children paint their turkey tails. Then give each child a precut turkey head shape to decorate. Attach the head shapes to the front of the bags to complete the turkeys.

Collage Turkeys

Cut turkey shapes out of construction paper. Give each child a turkey shape and scraps of colorful construction paper or fabric. Have them glue the pieces of construction paper or fabric on their turkey shapes to make colored feathers. Let them use crayons or markers to finish the turkey’s features.

Hand Turkeys

Here is a new twist to an old activity. Get a big piece of butcher paper and let the children trace each other’s hands. Show the children how their hands look like turkeys. Let them decorate their hand turkeys any way they want. You can even let them glue real feathers to their finger “feathers”. Display your mural with pride!