Get your Thanksgiving craft on with this adorable Moving Eyes Turkey Craft for kids!
Children can practice their fine motor skills with cutting and sticking, and use their imaginations to explore color and texture with paints. And as the finished craft is so tactile and interactive, kids will have a great time playing with their creation afterwards, too.
How to Make a Moving Eyes Turkey Paper Toy:
White Cardstock for Printing
Paint, Crayons or Coloring Pencils
How to Download the Owl Template:
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Let’s Make the Moving Eyes Turkey Craft:
Decorate the Turkey Template
Let’s start by painting the turkey template. The turkey is made up of different sections – the head, tail feathers, snoods (red wobbly bit) and beak – so you can use them to mix up contrasting colours and textures to create a bold design for your turkey.
And when you’ve painted the base colors, don’t forget to add some extra detail. Here’s, we’ve added a dotty pattern to the wings by using the tip of our paintbrush. But you can use your imagination and add any decorations you like!
Cut out the Template Elements
Once your turkey is finished and dry, carefully cut out the elements from the template. Then cut one strip lengthwise from a sheet of colored A4 card – it needs to be the same thickness as the rectangle eyes on the template.
Finally, cut two more thin strips of card, each three or four inches long.
Create An Eye Strip
Stick the rectangle eyes into the middle of the large colored strip of card.
Secure the Strip
Turn your turkey over. Now stick one of the thinner card strips vertically over the left eye – this will support your owl’s moving eyes. Stick the other strip in the same way over the right eye.
Slide the Eye Strip
Now carefully slide the strip of eyes underneath the two thin support strips – be gentle!
Playtime: The Moving Eyes Turkey is Complete
Your turkey is complete, so it’s time to have fun! Why not take some pictures of you and your turkey’s googly eyes and share them with us on social media!
More Cute Moving Eyes Paper Toys for Kids:
Our “moving eyes’ series has proven to be a huge hit with the kids’ – take a look at these woodland additions to make with the adorable turkey!