Looking for a simple craft for your toddler or preschooler to do this Thanksgiving?
This paper plate turkey craft is perfect for little kids.
It’s simple enough for toddlers and preschoolers to do and it requires little prep from mom.
So let’s dive in and learn how to make this Thanksgiving turkey craft.
Thanksgiving Turkey Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Listed below are the supplies you’ll need and the steps to follow for creating this craft with your toddler or preschooler.
- Paper plate(s)
- Artificial craft feathers
- Googly eyes
- Orange felt (or construction) paper
- Your choice of crayons, markers, or paint
- Glue (I’ve found that the disappearing purple glue sticks are really nice for toddlers).
I was able to find some craft feathers at our local Dollar Tree, and I picked up a pack of adhesive googly eyes for $0.99 at Michaels.
Prep by Mom
The really nice thing about this Thanksgiving craft is that it requires very little prep on your part. You’ll just need to:
- Use scissors to cut your paper plates in half.
- Cut triangles out of your orange felt or construction paper for the turkey beaks.
Making the Turkey
Now it’s time for the fun to begin!
- Start by letting your toddler/preschooler color or paint the back side of the paper plate half.
- Once their done coloring, have them glue the turkey beak towards the bottom middle of the plate.
- Then once their beak is glued on, go ahead and let them pick out and place their googly eyes on.
4. Next, let your little go to town and glue up the rim of the paper plate.
5. Then once their glue is on, let them arrange their feathers, pressed on the glued area. Younger toddlers may need your assistance with this portion of the craft. You may also need to reapply or glue on as you go, if you have a child that likes to take their time when creating.
6. Let the glue dry for a few minutes before handling. You may need to reapply glue in certain areas if things don’t seem to be sticking, mom.
7. Show off your turkeys!
My kids did such a neat job on their Thanksgiving turkeys.
Pictured on the top is my preschool daughter’s, and below is my toddler son’s.
I did have to help little man attach his feathers and add some more glue to the beak, but other than that, he did a pretty awesome job.
My preschooler loved the craft so much that she requested I gather supplies for daddy to do one when he got home. Of course, she ended up doing the majority of his turkey. Lol.
I also quite enjoyed this craft. 🙂
I hope you and your kiddos have a blast creating this simple turkey craft for kids.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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