Make this interactive and easy Paper Plate Turkey Craft with the kids this Thanksgiving holiday.
This fun turkey craft is perfect for fall and the puppet element will keep the fun going all day long, encouraging children to play . Why not also pair the craft with your child’s favourite Thanksgiving book or better yet, children can make up their own stories!
Using one printable turkey template, we’ve created three versions of this paper plate turkey craft. If you’re trying this craft at home or within the classroom, with children both big and small, you have options and can adapt the craft to suit your children’s age and ability.
How to Make a Paper Plate Turkey Craft
This simple Thanksgiving craft is suitable for preschoolers, children in kindergarten and early years (elementary) education.
What you need for the Paper Plate Turkey Craft
Popsicle Stick (Lolly Pop Stick)
How to Download the Turkey Template:
The Turkey Template is available to members of the Arty Crafty Kids club. The template can be accessed via the link following link : https://www.artycraftykids.com/product/paper-plate-turkey-craft/
Members will need to log in to access the template!
Not A Member?
Download and print the template from the Arty Crafty Kids members area.
The templates can be downloaded onto good quality paper or card stock.
If you opt for card stock, remember to check your printer settings for a recommended weight. Most printers prefer card stock less than 220gsm.
Let’s Make a Thanksgiving Turkey!
Colour in the Turkey Template
Step 1: Using your Arty Crafty Kids preferred medium, colour in the turkey elements!
Cut out the Turkey Elements
Step 2: Carefully cut out the turkey elements. Younger children may need help with the smaller parts.
Assemble the Turkey
Step 3: Use a glue stick to assemble the turkey.
Add a Popsicle Stick
Step 4: Turn the assembled turkey over and glue the popsicle stick to its back.
Let’s make Paper Feathers!
Step 5: Cut the coloured paper into strips.
Glue the strips to the outer rim of the paper plate, leaving space at the bottom to cut a small insertion into the plate.
Fold the Paper Over
Step 6: Join the paper strip ends to create a loop and secure with glue.
Step 7: Continue step 6 until all the paper in the outer rim of the paper plate is looped.
Step 8: Fill the remaining white space in the centre of the paper plate with more paper loops.
Cut a Slit into the Paper Plate
Step 9: Cut a small insertion into the paper plate.
Add the Turkey Puppet!
Step 10: Now grab the turkey puppet and thread the popsicle stick through the small slit.
Kids can now move their puppet within the bed of feathers and play!
More Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids:
Enjoy the build to Thanksgiving with our collection of easy Turkey crafts for kids!
Here are a few of our tried and tested favourites:
Toilet Paper Roll Handprint Turkey Craft
This is a fab Handprint Turkey craft for preschoolers and young children that doubles up as a special keepsake.https://www.artycraftykids.com/autumn/toilet-paper-roll-turkey-handprint-craft/
Button Turkey Craft
Using our free turkey template, your Arty Crafty Kids can decorate their turkeys in a variety of fun and dynamic ways; exploring printing techniques to play with geometrics, adding tissue paper to work those fine motor skills or buttons for texture and body!https://www.artycraftykids.com/craft/button-turkey-craft/
Toilet Paper Roll Leaf Turkey Craft – With a Sunflower Hat!
Looking for a cute and easy kids craft for November? Dive into the recycling bin and have a go at this adorable Toilet Paper Roll Turkey Craft. Here we’ve combined recycled materials with nature to create a turkey craft kids will love – a great craft to try during the build up to Thanksgiving.https://www.artycraftykids.com/craft/toilet-paper-roll-turkey-craft/