Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Are you looking for an easy preschool turkey craft to celebrate Thanksgiving? Here are several turkey projects that were done by my three year old at home or in her preschool
5 Thankful Turkey Art Ideas for Preschool

This post has been updated on October 7, 2014 with new graphics and links.

Group Project Turkeys

These four projects were all done in preschool or during our library story times:

1. Name Turkey

Name turkey requires some precutting for young children. They can either write their names on the leaves (older preschool and K) or have their letters already written as it was done for three year olds. Then children can decorate the body and add feathers for their names.


2. Pinecone Turkeys

Pinecone turkey was my 3 year old’s favorite project. She enjoyed the idea of transforming a natural object into something very different even though her “process art” hardly resembled a turkey.
Pine cone turkey for Thanksgiving

3. Handprint Turkeys

Another classic Thanksgiving craft that was done in preschool. That one is good for kids who love messy crafts, and it even included glittery turkey legs. I loved how preschool teachers mounted this handprint art to make it more striking.

4. A Craft Kit Turkey

This foam craft kit turkey was done during library story time and required quite a bit help from me. Older kids, of course, would have more fun with it completing it independently.

A Paper Plate Thankful Turkey

I couldn’t resist making a turkey project at home. I chose a “thankful turkey” since I wanted to capture “grateful thoughts” of my 3 year old.


  • Paper plate
  • Washable paint
  • Colored paper
Smarty busily painted the plate (eventually she mixed all colors into a muddy brown, just as I expected) while I cut out turkey feathers and a body out of paper. Then she dictated me the things she is thankful for, and I wrote them down on turkey feathers. I am not sure why “wiggling legs” and an “egg” made it to her list of things she is grateful for. Perhaps wiggling legs really meant “my body” and egg stood for “food”. Anyway, Smarty was very pleased with her turkey. We sent her to grandparents, and it still hangs in their garage.

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Your Turn

What is your favorite Thanksgiving craft for kids?


Autumn said...

I had the hardest time getting Tommy to tell me things he was thankful for! What I eventually got out of him was "blankie", "milk", "Grandma and Grandpa" and "Benji". It's not like 'thankfulness' is a new concept, but when it came down to writing it on paper, he was so not interested. Maybe next year will be better.

LOL @ 'wiggling legs'!

Debbie said...

What a cute Turkey! Anna looks so happy there!

I always love to hear what kids are thankful for.

Amanda said...

What a wonderful Thankful project! I love the turkey!

Thanks for stopping by Funny Days! I hope your family has a wonderful holiday season!


MaryAnne said...

Cute Turkey! And Anna is so right about being thankful for Every Day.

Kylie said...

Gorgeous Turkey and it sounds like she has her priorities right, well done. :)

Peterson Party said...

Great turkey!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Very cute turkey - it's nice that you let her create her own list.

Jamie said...

We made this turkey today. It was a fun, easy, and meaningful project. Thanks for the idea! :)

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I love the "every day" comment - we all need to remember that! Very cute turkey. :)

Susana said...

I love her turkey and what she is thankful for.

I, too, like you feel so very thankful now. So much to be thankful for! Great post.

Zonnah said...

Very cute! It is always cute to see what little kids are thankful for :)

Kit said...

I love her responses!

Pigs Do Fly said...

Kidlet did a similar project in Kindergarten, I agree that it is a wonderful idea to make it a tradition!

Hers came out very cute!

Rana said...

Cute little turkey and a cute little girl!

Michelle said...

That is so cute!!

Carolin said...

Lovely ideas, I particularly like the pinecone turkey. I love nature crafts...

Thanks for linking up to our #MondayParentingPinItParty x

Anonymous said...

These are great ideas for Turkey arts and crafts!

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